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Hulk inspires Shanghai SIPG comeback in AFC Champions League

Hulk scored one and set up two as Shanghai SIPG put their arch rivals to the sword.
Hulk provided a 25th minute equaliser for Shanghai SIPG against FC Seoul.

A virtuoso first-half display by Brazilian import Hulk earned Shanghai SIPG a place in the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday evening as Andre Villas-Boas' side thrashed FC Seoul 4-2 to knock the South Koreans out of the competition.

Hulk outshone his compatriots Oscar and Elkeson in front of ecstatic home crowd at Shanghai Stadium.

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FC SeoulFC Seoul
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WSW hope to stun FC Seoul early with ACL hopes on the line - Tony Popovic

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The Wanderers salvaged their nearly dead ACL campaign last month via a 3-2 win over the K-League giants, their first points that also served to breathe new life into a niggly A-League season.

On Tuesday night their continental ambitions will go back on the line against the same opposition in Campbelltown.

The Wanderers are in third place...

WSW has a 'good opportunity' to advance in the ACL - Tony Popovic

Coach Tony Popovic senses FC Seoul will again be there for the taking when revived Western Sydney resume their Asian Champions League campaign in four weeks.

The Wanderers rescued their floundering continental foray in the nick of time on Wednesday night, edging the K-League giants 3-2 in Korea despite nearly blowing a three-goal lead.

The assured performance breathed life into an A-League outfit smarting from a horrid few weeks at home and abroad, where 4-0 and 5-1 ACL annihilations to Urawa Red...

Western Sydney Wanderers battle for Champions League survival in Seoul

Western Sydney Wanderers
Western Sydney Wanderers need a win in Seoul to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

Western Sydney Wanderers' AFC Champions League battle with FC Seoul will be about who wants a shot at the knockout phase more, playmaker Mitch Nichols predicts.

Because even at this this early stage, a third-straight defeat for either side will almost certainly spell a premature exit from the continent's premier tournament.

There are no illusions in the Wanderers' camp about their current ACL predicament.

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Last in Group F, with no wins from two games, one goal scored and nine conceded has left...