China’s Jiangsu FC hung on to claim a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Korea Republic’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in Group E of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Jiangsu opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Alex Teixeira cut in from the right past defender Lim Jong-eun before firing low from the edge of the area and into the bottom right corner from 20 yards.
Jeonbuk had three great chances to draw level thereafter and finally managed to convert one just after the hour mark.
Substitute Lee Dong-gook headed back to Go Moo-yul, whose bouncing volley was well parried to safety by goalkeeper Zhang Sipeng. From the ensuing corner Lim headed a superb Leonardo delivery into a central position and Dong-gook was on hand to turn home the equalizer in clinical fashion.
Five minutes later Jiangsu regained the advantage though when Brazilian Jo showed great strength to rise above Kim Hyung-il at the back post to accurately head Ren Hang’s cross from the left into the bottom right corner.
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The Chinese side then opened up a two-goal lead in the 69th minute after Ramires played in Wu Xi, whose effort on the turn from eight yards found the back of the net after goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae had blocked his initial attempt just seconds earlier.
Jeonbuk grabbed what proved to be a consolation goal in the 86th minute when Kim Shin-wook’s header from Leonardo’s corner was too good for Sipeng Zhang, although the ball appeared to come off the head of defender Trent Sainsbury last.
There was some late drama though, when Ramires was shown a red card after he appeared to raise his hands in an injury-time scuffle, but it would not have any impact on the scoreline.
The win sees Jiangsu go to the top of Group E with four points while Jeonbuk now occupy second on three points.