Guangzhou Evergrande fall short of miracle Champions League comeback, losing to Shanghai SIPG on penalties in epic clash
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side erase 4-0 first-leg deficit before a goal to each team in extra time sees the game end 5-1 and the tie decided with a nail-biting shoot-out
Guangzhou Evergrande came within inches of pulling off one of the great AFC Champions League comebacks on Tuesday night, going down to Shanghai SIPG 5-4 on penalties after an epic encounter.
Hulk and Oscar were among those on target for the victors in the shoot-out after extra time finished with Evergrande in front 5-1 and the tie locked at 5-5 on aggregate, with the home side overhauling a 4-0 deficit from the opening leg of the tie.
Shanghai will take on either the Urawa Reds or Kawasaki Frontale in the semi-finals, with the Japanese pair meeting on Wednesday.
There was drama throughout a match that saw Evergrande lead 4-0 heading into an action-packed extra time which featured a goal to each side and two red cards to Shanghai.
It was Hulk who struck first in extra time, finding the back of the net with a scintillating free kick to put Shanghai in front in the tie on 110 minutes.
Ricardo Goulart then stepped up to the penalty spot on 118 minutes and slotted his third goal of the night to level the overall ledger once more.
Earlier, goals to Alan on 21 and 35 minutes and Goulart on 83 and 91 saw Evergrande fight their way back into the tie.