FC Seoul came from a goal down to defeat Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan 4-1, thanks to a second half hat-trick by Adriano, in the Group F match of the AFC Champions League played at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.
The result sees the South Korean’s top the group on six points followed by Chinese side Shandong Luneng, who play later today, on three points while Hiroshima and Buriram from Thailand have zero points.
Chiba Kazuhiko opened the scoring for the visitors in the 24th minute but Seoul were level seven minutes later thanks to Kim Won-Sik’s goal. The second half hat-trick by Brazilian forward Adriano in the 49th, 56th and 69th minutes effectively killed the game off for Hiroshima.
Sanfrecce started well and had a chance to score as Gakuto Notsuda hammered his shot over the bar from the corner of the penalty area.
The home side also had an early chance when Dejan Damjanovic received a ball from Yojiro Takahagi but he shot just wide.
The opening goal came in the 24th minute for Sanfrecce when a free-kick by Kohei Shimizu swung into the area for Chiba to climb above the defence and score with a header to give his side the 1-0 lead.
But seven minutes later things were all square again when a corner from Sin Jin-ho found Kim who tapped in from close range to make the scores 1-1.
Adriano scored the first of his goals four minutes after the break with a volley off a free-kick that left goalkeeper Takuto Hayashi well beaten.
The Brazilian added a second goal in the 56th minute when a low cross from the left by Ko Kwang-min was stabbed home by Adriano to give his side the 3-1 lead.
And in the 69th minute, Adriano completed his hat-trick when Sin flicked the ball over the defence to find the Brazilian who side-footed the ball into the goal to give his side the 4-1 win.