Hyundai defeats Shenhua, Guoan advances in AFC Champions League

Choi Kang-Hee (R), head coach of Shanghai Shenhua FC, and player Feng Xiaoting attend the press conference ahead of the group F match between Shanghai Shenhua of China and Ulsan Hyundai FC of South Korea at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, capital of Qatar, Dec. 2, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

Beijing Guoan sailed into the knockout stage in AFC Champions League while Shanghai Shenhua lost to Ulsan Hyundai.

DOHA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) — Ulsan Hyundai defeated Shanghai Shenhua 4-1, while Beijing Guoan drew with Chiangrai United 1-1 to end its sixth winning streak in the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage here on Thursday.

Beijing Guoan progressed to the knockout stage as the leader of Group E while Shenhua failed to advance standing third in Group F.

Hyundai established advantage just two minutes into the game. With continuous pass near the box, striker Park Jeong-In seized an opportunity to launch a long-range shot. Shenhua goalkeeper Li Shuai strived to defend, but his efforts were meaningless.

In the 23rd minute, Hyundai enlarged the gap thanks to defender Lee Sang-Hun’s tap-in directly facing Li in front of the goal.

Shenhua’s Giovanni Moreno made a breakthrough at the bottom line of the box and converted a cross to Bi Jinhao, who volleyed to pull one back.

In the 74th minute, Kim In-Sung dribbled through Stephane M’Bia but fell down when disturbed by Li, which was later awarded a controversial penalty. Bjorn Maars Johnsen made it 3-1, who scored a second goal after 15 minutes to seal the victory for Hyundai.

Elsewhere, though Guoan made several attempts, the first half of the game still witnessed a goalless one.

Fernando (L) of Beijing Guoan FC vies with Shinnaphat Leeaoh of Chiangrai United during the Group E match between Beijing Guoan FC of China and Chiangrai United of Thailand at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, capital of Qatar, Dec. 3, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

It was not until the 55th minute when the deadlock was broken. Chiangrai midfielder Rosimar Amancio rolled the ball back to Ekanit Panya who broke into the box from the left flank. The latter got through defender Yang Fan and contributed a low shot to help Chiangrai take a lead.

After losing several chances to cut the deficit, Zhang Xizhe’s corner kick found Yang who converted a header to the front of the goal in the 76th minute. Alan Douglas Borges de Carvalho, without any defense, made another header to tie the score.

In the other games, FC Tokyo edged off Perth Glory 1-0, while Melbourne Victory beat Seoul FC 2-1. ■

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