AFC Champions League 2017

Hulk blasts Shanghai SIPG past FC Seoul in AFC Champions League

Brazilian strikes eight minutes into the second half of their group F opener in the South Korean capital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, 11:07pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, 11:07pm

A long-range second-half strike by Hulk helped Shanghai SIPG beat home side FC Seoul 1-0 in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

Hulk, who signed for over US$50 million in June 2016, made the difference for the Chinese Super League team eight minutes into the second half.

“We had to work hard for the win,” Hulk said.

Six minutes after Hulk’s goal, Seoul were awarded a penalty after striker Dejan Damjanovic was fouled by Shanghai’s He Guan, who was sent off. But Yan Junling saved Damjanovic’s kick.

“We had a man sent off but we competed well until the end,” Shanghai coach Andre Villas-Boas said.

Urawa Reds beat Western Sydney Wanderers 4-0 in Australia in the other group F match. Four goals in the second half gave the 2007 champion a clear victory over the 2014 champs.

J.League champ Kashima Antlers defeated Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea 2-0, and the Brisbane Roar drew with Thailand titleholder Muangthong United 0-0 in group E.