AFC Champions League 2016

Shanghai smashed: Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side crash out of AFC Champions League

South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors storm to 5-0 victory at home in second leg of quarter-final clash

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 10:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 11:21pm

Leonardo and Lee Dong-gook both scored a brace as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea produced a dominating second-half display at home to thrash Shanghai SIPG 5-0 on Tuesday night to march into the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.

Shanghai coach Sven-Goran Eriksson put a brave face on the hiding.

“We played well in the first half against a strong team and I was proud of the players,” Eriksson said.

WATCH: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors smash five past Shanghai SIPG

“This is the first time that Shanghai has been in the Champions League and I am satisfied with the progress we have made though I am not satisfied with ­tonight’s result.”

Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee said he was delighted at how his defenders kept Shanghai striker Hulk quiet.

“Hulk is a dangerous attacker but you can’t play football on your own,” Choi said.

“We kept our concentration and worked hard and ensured that Hulk did not have a big part to play in the game.”

After a barren first half, the 2006 champions took complete control of the second leg of their quarter-final at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium against the Chinese debutants.

Brazilian Leonardo opened the floodgates in the 52nd minute when he curled in a left-footer from the edge of the box after a brilliant build-up by the hosts, who are on course for their third straight K-League title.

Six minutes later, Shi Ke scored an own goal for last year’s Chinese Super League runners-up when he poked the ball home trying to make a clearance with Leonardo lurking close.

The Chinese side, who held ­Jeonbuk 0-0 in the first leg at home in August, had Lu Wenjun sent off in the 74th minute and the hosts made full use of their ­numerical advantage to pump three more goals in.

Leonardo converted a penalty in the 83rd minute before substitute Lee, the 37-year-old South Korean striker, added two more goals to make it 5-0 for the hosts, who will make their first ACL semi-final appearance since 2011.

In the last four, Jeonbuk will meet the winner of Wednesday’s quarter-final clash between FC Seoul and Shandong Luneng.

Additional reporting by Associated Press