There were some spectacular goals and great assists in matchday 4 for the Chinese teams in the Asian Champions League.

Ulsan Hyundai v Shanghai SIPG (0-1)

In front of a disappointing crowd of 4,040 at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, Shanghai SIPG managed to scrape by with a 1-0 win over Ulsan Hyundai.

At the 17th minute, SIPG were extremely lucky not to fall behind via Yan Junling’s mistake out of his own area. However, two chances were created by SIPG at the 30th and 36th minutes via Oscar’s free kicks. SIPG were then lucky once again not to fall behind via spectacular pass from Kim In-Sung to Yohei Toyoda who would have scored the opener - but he blasted his shot over the top of the crossbar. At the 50th minute, Hulk made a spectacular run to provide an assist to Elkeson who opened the scoring to give SIPG a 1-0 lead, much to the delight of SIPG fans at away section. SIPG would have been 2-0 up at the 92nd minute to put the game to bed after another spectacular run from Hulk to provide an assist to Elkeson, but he also blasted his shot over the top and it would have been a golden opportunity.

The match finished 1-0. This result keeps SIPG on top of the table in Group F which should be enough to see them progress to the next stage for the third consecutive year.

Shanghai Shenhua v Suwon Samsung Bluewings (0-2)

A disappointing 2-0 loss against Suwon Samsung Bluewings continued Shanghai Shenhua’s miserable and winless start to the ACL 2018 campaign at Hongkou Football Stadium in front of 21, 990 people.

At the 51st minute, Shenhua trailed 1-0 due to a fantastic volley goal from Dejan Damjanovic which caught Shenhua’s defence overlapping. Shenhua gave everything to fight back and bring the scores to 1-1 but the missed header from Giovanni Moreno proved too costly at the 59th minute. At the 66th minute, Shenhua were lucky not to go 0-2 down via a smart save from Li Shuai. At the 68th minute, a smart move and pass from Mao Jianqing almost found Zhang Lu with a spectacular bicycle kick attempt with a goal but it was denied because the referee spotted a foul, much to the disappointment of Shenhua fans. Unfortunately at the 88th minute, Choi Sung-Keun scored the goal which put a nail into Shenhua’s coffin and inflicted a 0-2 loss to Shenhua at home. It was the first loss of the ACL campaign for Shenhua.

Jeju United v Guangzhou Evergrande (0-2)

A 0-2 win away from home proved that Guangzhou Evergrande are certain to reach the knockout stage for the sixth time in their 2018 ACL campaign.

A thunderous strike from Nemanja Gudelj at the 27th minute gave Guangzhou Evergrande a 1-0 lead. It was a very smart assist from Alan who found him at the right side.  At the 37th minute, Evergrande doubled their lead through Alan’s header. Despite so much pressure from Jeju United at the other end, along with Evergrande pressing to increase their lead, there was no goal scored in the second half, so the match finished 2-0 win for Evergrande, much to the disappointment of the small crowd of 4, 035 people at Jeju World Cup Stadium.

Tianjin Quanjian v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (4-2)

After a disappointing first loss of the campaign one week earlier, Tianjin Quanjian avenged their result with a 4-2 thrilling and entertaining win. Again, what a game! A six goal festival started when Quanjian opened the scoring via a spectacular pass from Anthony Modeste to Wang Yongpo who scored the first goal in the 9th minute. Quanjian would have doubled the lead with a spectacular header from an assist by Axel Witsel to Modeste but he headed it wide. Parity was restored at the 37th minute when Kim Shin-Wook scored a great header via a spectacular pass.

A smart run from Mi Haolun provided a wonderful assist to Zhang Cheng in which he celebrated wildly with his spectacular header which caught Bumkeon Song off his line. This gave Quanjian a 2-1 lead. Again, parity was restored when Adriano scored a goal, courtesy of a deflection off Zhang Cheng to bring the scores back to 2-2. At the 84th minute, Bumkeun Song was off his line again which opened the way for Modeste to score a fantastic chip-in goal. During the process,  he was booked for taking his shirt off but he and his teammates didn’t appear to mind. At the 93rd minute, Modeste produced another spectacular assist and a pass to Alexandre Pato who scored Quanjian’s fourth goal for the evening, much to the delight of the 15, 314 fans at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.

This result now brings them to second place in Group E which should be enough to secure them a place in the knockout stage in their debut season in the Asian Champions League.

What's next?

  • Guangzhou Evergrande meet Buriram United in Bangkok on 3 April. This is a big match for Buriram United who are equal second in the group, three points behind Guangzhou Evergrande who are on 8 points. 
  • Shanghai Shenhua meet Kashima Antlers on 3 April. Shanghai Shenhua are third in the group, ahead of Sydney FC, but five points behind Kashima who are the leaders. 
  • Tianjin Quanjian meet Kitchee SC of Hong Kong on 4 April. Kitchee are bottom of the group on 3 points, while Tianjin Quanjian are second on 7 points. 
  • Shanghai SIPG host Kawasaki Frontale, which is a 1 v 4 scenario in their group with nine points separating the teams (Shanghai SIPG is on 10 points). 

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