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2-2 Draw Sees Guangzhou Evergrande Stay Atop in AFC Champions League Group G – Xinhua

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SUWAN, South Korea, March 1 (Xinhua) — Thanks to a late equalizer from Brazilian striker Alan, two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande stayed atop in Group G with a 2-2 away draw at Suwon Bluewings in AFC Champions League.

In the 15th minute, Suwon took an early lead as Brazilian forward Santos headed home from a corner.

Evergrande pulled level in the 24th minute as Ricardo Goulart hit a stunning volley from just outside of the box.

Suwon regained the advantage in the 32nd minute thanks to a successful corner tactic which saw Johnathan send the ball into the back of the net.

The South Korean side spared their efforts on defending and gave Evergrande very few chances. But Alan’s curling effort finally found home only 10 minutes before the final whistle.

In the other match of the group, Eastern SC bagged their first goal and first point in AFC Champions league history with a 1-1 draw with Kawasaki Frontale.

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Western Sydney Wanderers Outclassed by Shanghai SIPG in ACL

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The Western Sydney Wanderers have suffered a 5-1 loss away to Chinese powerhouse Shanghai SIPG on match day 2 of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Wanderers were on the receiving end of a Hulk masterclass as the Brazilian striker netted the opener and created three assists on a forgettable night for the former ACL champions.

André Villas-Boas’ side found themselves 4-1 up inside a frenetic opening half hour, with a Mitch Nichols strike the one bright spot for the Red and Black.

Shanghai continued to dominate the contest but only managed to add one more goal midway through the second stanza, while several penalty shouts were waved away by the referee.

The result leaves Tony Popovic’s side on the bottom of Group F and they’ll be desperate to take something from their travels when they next face K-League side FC Seoul in a fortnight’s time.

Catch up with all the ACL action at the match centre here

GOALS

1-0 Shanghai SIPG: Hulk, 3’

The home side opened up the Wanderers down the left flank allowing Zhang Wei to put in a cross from the byline, with Hulk climbing highest to meet it and head home from point blank range.

2-0 Shanghai SIPG: Oscar, 17’

Hulk turned provider following some swift ball movement in the attacking third, threading a pass for his compatriot, who drilled it past an outstretched Jerrad Tyson.

2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Mitch Nichols, 20’

Defender Scott Neville cut a pass back to Nichols at the top of the box, who was able to pick his spot as he hit it past Shaghai keeper Yan Junling.

3-1 Shanghai SIPG: Shi Ke, 25’

Tyson fumbled a thumping free-kick from Hulk with Shi Ke quickest to react, latching onto the loose ball and thumping it into the roof of the net.

4-1 Shanghai SIPG: Elkeson, 27’

The ball was crossed to Hulk at the back post with his mishit shot falling to the feet of Elkeson who was able to dispatch it past Tyson from close range.

5-1 Shanghai SIPG: Wu Lei, 75’

A chip over the top played the Chinese winger in behind the Wanderers backline and he was able to thread the ball through the legs of Tyson and into the back of the net.

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Five-Star Shanghai SIPG Destroy Western Sydney Wanderers in Asian Champions League

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Olunga Joins Chinese Team in Record Deal – SuperSport

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Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga has reportedly signed for Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng in a record deal supersport.com can reveal.

The 22 year old will play in the Chinese Super League, which has attracted several top players from European clubs with big money.

Swedish newspaper Expressen had earlier reported that talks with the newly promoted Chinese Super League outfit Hengfeng Guizhou Zhicheng FC were at an advanced stage and that the Harambee Stars striker was to sign but a clash of his agents had delayed the move.

Olunga’s agent Patrick Dark has also reasserted that in deed the player will be the most expensively sold from Sweden if he leaves Djurgardens.

“I cannot confirm anything except that if Olunga is sold, it will be the most expensive deal from a Stockholm club ever.”

Olunga joined Djurgardens in early 2016 on a four-year contract and went on to finish as the club’s top scorer.

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Which Players Have Moved to China’s Super League? | Football News

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Last Updated: 28/02/17 5:01pm

Ex-Chelsea forward Oscar has joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG

After the transfer window closed in China on Tuesday, we look at which players have moved to the Chinese Super League since the start of the year.

Over the last two seasons, the CSL has attracted some big names, including the likes of Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez, Ramires, Gervinho, Graziano Pelle, Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Paulinho.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was linked with a move to the Far East earlier in January, while Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has also been attracting interest from clubs in China.

So who actually made the lucrative move to Asia during the transfer window?

OSCAR

Brazilian football player Oscar (centre) is escorted as he arrives at Shanghai airport

Brazilian football player Oscar (centre) is escorted as he arrives at Shanghai airport

Brazil midfielder Oscar became the seventh most expensive player in football history after his £60m move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG.

The 25-year-old will reportedly earn £350,000 a week and joins former team-mate Ramires in China – who made a £25m switch from Stamford Bridge to Super League club JS Suning in January last year.

CARLOS TEVEZ

Carlos Tevez poses with a jersey during a press conference for new club Shanghai Shenhua

Carlos Tevez poses with a jersey during a press conference for new club Shanghai Shenhua

Former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez was linked with a move back to the Premier League last year but opted to return to his boyhood club Boca Juniors in July, 2015.

After just one full season back in his homeland, the 32-year-old signed for Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in a deal including wages of around £615,000 a week.

ALEXANDRE PATO

Alexandre Pato has signed for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian

Alexandre Pato has signed for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian

Former AC Milan wonderkid Alexandre Pato also made a £15.4m switch to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in January after a disappointing first season with Villarreal.

The 27-year-old had a six-month loan spell with Chelsea last year before Corinthians sold the Brazil international for £2.5m to the La Liga club.

AXEL WITSEL

Axel Witsel has agreed a deal to join Tianjin Quanjian

Axel Witsel has agreed a deal to join Tianjin Quanjian

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel will join Pato at TJ Quanjian after signing from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg on a reported £300,000-a-week salary.

Juventus were believed to be interested in signing the 28-year-old, who has 78 international caps, and will be managed by former Italy international Fabio Cannavaro at his new club.

TJARONN CHERY

Tjaronn Chery has swapped west London for Guizhou, China

Tjaronn Chery has swapped west London for Guizhou, China

Tjaronn Chery was among QPR’s standout performers since his summer move from FC Gronigen in July 2015.

However, with his contract set to expire next year, the 28-year-old Dutchman opted for a switch to Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng for an undisclosed fee.

ODION IGHALO

Odion Ighalo headed for China on transfer deadline day

Odion Ighalo headed for China on transfer deadline day

Odion Ighalo was the top scorer in England in 2015 but a goal-shy 2016 followed and the striker was sold by Watford to Chinese club Changchun Yatai on deadline day for £20m.

CHEICK TIOTE

Tiote joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC in February 2017

Tiote joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC in February 2017

The midfielder swapped Newcastle United for Beijing Enterprises Group FC in February 2017, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Tiote had been linked with CSL side Shandong Luneng, but instead opted for a lucrative move to the Chinese capital after making just one Championship appearance under Rafael Benitez this season.

JOHN OBI MIKEL

John Obi Mikel swapped Chelsea for Tianjin TEDA

John Obi Mikel swapped Chelsea for Tianjin TEDA

After 10 years and 374 appearances for Chelsea, Mikel decided to join Tianjin TEDA in January, with the defensive midfielder saying that it was “time for me to say goodbye”.

“As you will know, I haven’t featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me,” the Nigerian said in a statement. “With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.”

BROWN IDEYE

Brown Ideye became West Brom's record signing in July 2014

Brown Ideye became West Brom’s record signing in July 2014

Nigeria forward Brown Ideye became West Brom’s record signing in July 2014 after joining the Baggies on a three-year deal for a reported £10m, but struggled to make an impact.

Brown signed for Olympiakos after just one year at The Hawthorns before switching to CSL side Tianjin TEDA last month – joining international team-mate John Obi Mikel.

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Denno Bet Tips

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Too many times Wisła signed players from Balkans or Belarus, Ukraine and other shit… Wisła sold Richard Guzmics to Yanbian Funde per 1 mln euro and Boban Jović to Bursaspor per 300.000 euro. 2017 year will be great for Wisła and I belive they ended …

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Robben Wants Show of Strength at Freiburg – SuperSport

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Arjen Robben is demanding a show of strength when Bayern Munich resume their hunt for a fifth straight title at Freiburg on Friday as the Bundesliga resumes after its winter break.


The German league is back after a four-week rest with Bayern three points clear of nearest rivals RB Leipzig, who briefly kept the Bavarians off top spot for three weeks until early December.


Bayern defeated 10-man Leipzig 3-0 in Munich when the sides met just before Christmas, but now Robben wants another display of strength at Freiburg’s Schwarzwald Stadion, a notoriously hard place to get a win.


Mid-table Freiburg are unbeaten in their last four league games and have won five of their seven home matches this season.


“The anticipation is big. We simply want to win our first game and set a marker,” said Robben.


“We want to get straight into our rhythm and I believe we have improved, but talk is cheap and we have to prove ourselves.”


Robben turns 33 on Monday and, having signed a year’s extension until June 2018, says he wants to enjoy his last 18 months at Bayern before deciding his future.


Having been beaten by Bayern, second-placed Leipzig need to get back to winning ways on Saturday at home to fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, one of the surprise packages this season.


Eintracht only kept their Bundesliga status last season by winning a promotion/relegation play-off.


But Niko Kovac’s side has been on fire this season with midfielder Marco Fabian scoring three goals and providing four assists in recent months.


Their defence has only conceded 12 goals – the second-best record in the league behind Bayern.


Scotland winger Oliver Burke hopes to start for Leipzig, who have Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg suspended for the next three games after he was sent off at Bayern.


Robben is full of praise for Leipzig’s young squad, whose average age is just over 24, who have won 11 of their 16 games so far in their debut Bundesliga season under coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.


“The quality is there, they are a young, fresh squad with a great coach and they can make life hard for us,” said Robben.


DORTMUND’S WOES


Sixth-placed Borussia Dortmund are at Werder Bremen on Saturday with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Africa Cup of Nations.


Dortmund are also set to be without Colombia striker Adrian Ramos, who is poised to join Chinese Super League side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.


Borussia coach Thomas Tuchel has injury woes.


Germany midfielder Sven Bender hobbled out of Tuesday’s 6-1 friendly win over third division Paderborn with an ankle injury, while winger Ousmane Dembele (hip) and defender Sokratis (ankle) are doubtful.


Injury-prone Germany defender Holger Badstuber, whose six-month loan spell from Bayern to Schalke is a highlight so far of the league’s January transfers, is poised to make his Royal Blues’ debut at strugglers Ingolstadt.


VfL Wolfsburg, who took just 16 points from their first 16 league games, host third-from-bottom Hamburg and have recruited hard to boost their squad.


After selling attacking midfielder Julian Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain, winger Paul-Georges Ntep was signed from Stade Rennais.


Goal-scoring Turkey midfielder Yunus Malli will slot into the play-maker role Draxler vacated and Netherlands midfielder Riechedly Bazoer has also joined from Ajax.


There will be two fresh faces on the benches when bottom side Darmstadt host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.


Ex-Germany midfielder Torsten Frings has taken charge of Darmstadt, while ‘Gladbach, who are only three points from the bottom three, have replaced Andre Schubert with ex-Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking.

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Oscar & Hulk Score as Shanghai SIPG Beat Western Sydney 5-1

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This is what they paid the big bucks for!

Shanghai SIPG absolutely destroyed Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday in the group stages of the Asian Champions League.

This victory means Shanghai SIPG, managed by Andre Villas Boas, have six points from six. Meanwhile, the side from Australia have two defeats from two.

It took just three minutes for Shanghai SIPG to take the lead, Zhang Wei teeing up Hulk to head home.

Shanghai SIPG make it two wins from two

Oscar then made it 2-0 with a searing run, Hulk setting up his fellow Brazilian.

Mitchell Nichols pulled a goal back for the Australians on 20 minutes but Shanghai immediately took control with goals on 25 and 27. From Shi Ke and Elkeson.

The win was sealed late on in the second half by We Lei with 15 minutes remaining.

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Oscar, Hulk Score as Shanghai SIPG Crush Wanderers 5-1 in AFC Champions League – Xinhua

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SHANGHAI, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Brazilian stars Oscar and Hulk both scored as Shanghai SIPG thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in a Group F match of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday.

Hulk, who scored the only goal in SIPG’s win at FC Seoul last week, rose above the Wanderers’ backline to head home just in the third minute.

Not long after, he slipped the ball through a crowded area for Oscar, who joined the Chinese Super League side from Chelsea in January, to shoot into the bottom corner.

Mitch Nichols pulled a goal back for the 2014 champions but before the half-hour Sun Ke and Elkeson made it 4-1. China international Wu Lei completed the rout in the second half.

Shanghai was second in the group on goal difference behind Urawa Reds. The Japanese team defeated FC Seoul 5-2 to add to a 4-0 win over the Wanderers.

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Shanghai SIPG 5 – 1 Western Sydney Wanderers Match Preview – 2/28/17 AFC Champions League

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The Red-and-Black face another tough test in Asia as doubts grow regarding the depth at Tony Popovic’s disposal

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic must find a way to refresh his side if they are to avoid another AFC Champions League (ACL) disappointment away to Shanghai SIPG.

The Wanderers travelled straight from Western Australia to China after their 2-0 loss to Perth Glory on Saturday night, with Popovic admitting after that defeat that his side weren’t at their best “physically”.

Western Sydney were on a high just over a week ago when they ended Sydney FC’s unbeaten run in the A-League but were pulled apart by Urawa Red Diamonds in their ACL opener last week four days before the loss to Perth.

While Popovic has rotated his squad – he made seven changes before the Urawa match and eight before Glory – the results have indicated he doesn’t have the depth at his disposal that he would like.

Against SIPG – who have Brazilian trio Oscar, Hulk and Elkeson up front – the Wanderers will need to find something special.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) club started Group F with a 1-0 win at K League champions FC Seoul thanks to Hulk’s thunderous winner soon after the break, with Andre Villas-Boas’ side having to hang on for victory following He Guan’s 59th-minute dismissal.

“He’s [Hulk] a machine,” Wanderers playmaker Nico Martinez told AAP.

“He is very good with his left foot and we have to try to block him and not allow him to shoot at our goalkeeper, because it’s going to be difficult to stop it.

“They have three amazing players in front, but also we have to study the Chinese players, because it’s 11 versus 11, and they have eight other players also.”

SIPG qualified for the group stage with a 3-0 win over Thai League club Sukhothai, with Oscar and Elkeson both scoring in that match.

While many will focus on SIPG’s Brazilian attackers, Villas-Boas has an impressive array of China internationals at his disposal including winger Wu Lei and defensive midfielder Cai Huikang, plus Uzbekistani midfielder Odil Akhmedov.

SIPG’s CSL campaign begins on Saturday against Changchun Yatai.

While the Wanderers sit sixth in the A-League, putting them in the box seat to qualify for the finals, Popovic’s men have won just three of their past 13 matches in all competitions.

“We have to change our situation from the last two games, we have to learn,” Martinez said.

“We lost our first [Group F] game and Shanghai won, so we need a good result.

“We came here to win. We know it’s going to be a difficult 95 minutes against a team like this but we have to have this mentality.

“If we can’t win, at least a point away is a good result.”

 

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