Asian Champions League Match Day 1 - how did the Chinese teams perform?
Shanghai SIPG & Tianjin Quanjian recorded wins, Shanghai Shenhua & Guangzhou Evergrande recorded draws18 February 2018 | Johnson Zhang
What a match day 1 it was for the Chinese Super League 'Big 4' clubs. All four managed to start their Asian Champions League campaign without a loss.
Although Alexandre Pato did not make a huge impact in his first ACL game, Tianjin Quanjian still managed to record a 3-0 win over Kitchee of Hong Kong at Tianjin Center Stadium in what was a first appearance for both teams in the Asian Champions League. Anthony Modeste was a scorer along with his teammate Sun Ke, and an own goal from Kitchee in the first half, gave Tianjin Quanjian a comfortable win. A great winning start for the debutant team and a night to remember for the club! The crowd attendance of 21, 213 was also great to see. Their next match will be the J.League's Kashiwa Reysol at Kashiwa Soccer Stadium.
Although Hulk did not make a huge impact, Shanghai SIPG still managed to record a 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale of Japan at Todoroki Athletics Stadium before 12,193 people. A great volley from Elkeson was the only goal in the first half to hand Shanghai SIPG a great winning start for the team. Their next match will be v the A-League's Melbourne Victory at Shanghai Stadium on Tuesday night.
Shanghai Shenhua managed to record a 1-1 draw against the J.League's Kashima Antlers at Kashima Soccer Stadium with a little more than 9,000 people in attendance. A brilliant header from Giovanni Moreno was the only goal in the first half but Kashima fought back with a 1-1 draw. It was a great result for the team despite the fielding of some inexperienced players and Kashima dominating possession. Shanghai Shenhua also meet an A-League team at their next match - Sydney FC at Hongkou Football Stadium.
Guangzhou Evergrande scored a 1-1 draw against Thailand's Buriram United. A brilliant header from Ricardo Goulart was the only goal in the first half but Buriram United fought back early in the second half with a goal from Edgar. Guangzhou also had a goal ruled offside, much to the disappointment of the 28, 893 strong crowd. Their next match will be away to the J.League's Cerezo Osaka.
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