Shandong sink Buriram United

Shandong Lunung defeated Buriram United 3-0 in their AFC Champions League clash at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Tuesday.

The Chinese giants were slow off the mark, but a strong second half performance saw them net three unanswered goals past the Thai club for a commanding win.

The victory puts Shandong tied at the top of Group F with FC Seoul on six points each.

Shandong’s Wang Yongpo had the first real opportunity of the match in the 17th minute, but his powerful effort from just inside the penalty area went over the crossbar.

Diego Tardelli was unlucky not to score ten minutes later as his close range effort hit the leg of Buriram stopper Siwarak Tedsungnoen.

The Thai club almost took the lead in the 35th minute after a speculative effort by Kaio from the halfway line, but Shandong keeper Wang Dalei was just equal to the task as he dealt with an awkward ball.

Tardelli had his chances early in the second half, and would finally net the opener in the 63th minute after a deflection landed at his feet in the six-yard box, with the Brazilian bundling the ball home.

The goal seemed to open the floodgates for the four-time Chinese Super League winners, as Jucilei powered home from close range after Tedsungnoen could only parry Yang Xu’s  front-post header into the Brazilian’s path.

China’s Zhao Mingjian then put the icing on the cake with a final goal with four minutes of play left. The defender curled the ball from the edge of the area with the outside of his right boot, leaving the keeper no chance as the ball nestled in the top corner.

The victory puts Shandong tied at the top of Group F with FC Seoul on six points each, both having had perfect starts to the 2016 event.