China Boasts Of 3 Clubs In Round Of 16 At AFC Champions League
Despite a 3-2 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday, Shanghai SIPG still made it to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League as group runner-up, ensuring three clubs from the Chinese Super League (CSL) to reach the elimination phase of the continental soccer tournament.
Shanghai SIPG placed second in Group F with four wins against two losses. Prior to the match, Shanghai SIPG has already qualified for the knockout stage by beating FC Seoul of South Korea 4-2 in the fifth round.
Brazilian forward Hulk scored four goals for Shanghai SIPG during his four matches, Wu Lei and Elkeson netted three goals apiece.
For its last 16 fixture, Shanghai SIPG will play fellow CSL club Jiangsu Suning who topped Group H with five wins against one loss to South Korea’s Jeju United in the fifth round.
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Jiangsu Suning started its AFC Champions League campaign with four straight wins, becoming the first CSL club to reach the last 16 this season.
Brazilian midfielder Ramires Santos scored four goals and his compatriot Teixeira Santos also contributed three.
A Ricardo Goulart double steered the two-time winner Guangzhou Evergrande into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League as it placed second in Group G after a 2-2 home draw with Suwon Samsung Bluewings of South Korea on Tuesday evening.
Guangzhou Evergrande survived a tough road to the last 16, as it merely managed for four draws and only two victories over Eastern SC in the first and fourth rounds.
Brazilian striker Alan scored five for Guangzhou Evergrande, including the key equalizer in the 81st minute in another 2-2 draw with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the second round.
Goulart was the other key player as he scored four goals, with the double in particular in the last group match Tuesday evening.