AFC Champions League roundup: Oscar at the double as Chinese and Korean sides serve-up silly scorelines on matchday three
Former Chelsea man does World Cup bid no harm with another trademark curler as Super League clubs enjoy mixed results against K-League teams
Brazilian schemer Oscar saved Shanghai SIPG in their AFC Champions League match against Ulsan Hyundai. The Koreans twice took the lead only for the midfielder to peg them back, with both goals of the highest order.
The US$75 million man is in fine form so far this season having scored seven goals in five games. He stands a chance of a recall to the Brazil squad for Russia 2018 if he can keep it up and avoid lengthy bans, like the eight games he sat out last season.
His first against Ulsan was a 25-yard drive and this curler was his second.
— FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) 7 March 2018
The finish is an almost carbon copy of the goal he scored against Melbourne Victory, in their 4-1 win last month.
O golaço de Oscar com assistência de Wu Lei. Foi o segundo do meia brasileiro no jogo e o último do Shanghai SIPG na vitória por 4x1 sobre o Melbourne Victory. pic.twitter.com/a3UJIxvj1U
— Leonardo Hartung (@HartungLeo) 20 February 2018
Oscar could have won it had his earlier strike not hit the bar but the point leaves last season’s semi-finalists unbeaten in their three games and on top of group F.
Shanghai Shenhua also remain unbeaten but three draws so far leaves them in third place. A Gio Moreno penalty cancelled out Lee Ki-je’s goal of the week contender.
Ricardo Goulart scored four second half goals to seal a comeback for Guangzhou Evergrande and get their first win of the group stage – Fabio Cannavaro’s side now top a tight group G that’s separated by just two points.
Evergrande’s 5-3 win wasn’t even the highest-scoring game as Chinese Super League teams faced-off against K-League sides – the Koreans edging it 12-11 on aggregate.
#ACL2018 COUNTRY PERFORMANCE
4 teams 22 pts
4 teams 21 pts
4 teams 19 pts
4 teams 18 pts
4 teams 16 pts
2 teams 9 pts
2 teams 9 pts
4 teams 7 pts
1 team 4 pts
2 teams 3 pts
1 team 0 pts
— The Asian Game (@TheAsianGame) 7 March 2018
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who missed out on the Champions League last season after being banned, are setting the early pace and kept up their 100 per cent record in group E with a 6-3 win over Tianjin Quanjian. The CSL side took the lead before the hosts responded with six goals of their own. Two late consolations adding a touch of respectability to the scoreline.
The best news for football fans and gamblers alike is that they do it all over again next week in the return legs.
Matchday three results:
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6-3 Tianjin Quanjian; Guangzhou Evergrande 5-3 Jeju United; Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-1 Shanghai Shenhua; Shanghai SIPG 2-2 Ulsan Hyundai; Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 Kitchee