Eriksson thrilled to get AFC campaign going

Sven-Goran Eriksson declared himself a happy man after watching his Shanghai SIPG side secure their first ever AFC Champions League win.

Goals from former Guangzhou Evergrande forward Elkeson and Wu Lei helped Shanghai to a 2-1 win over Suwon Bluewings in Group G.

And, according to Eriksson, it was no less than they deserved.

“This win is a very good step for us, and everyone is very happy. We deserve this win as we created more chances,” said Shanghai coach Eriksson.

“Our opponents were physically better and also good in their passing so it was a very entertaining and intense game.

“This result is very positive for our future in this group.”

Suwon coach Seo Jung-won, who saw his side grab what turned out to be a mere consolation through Kim Jong-woo 19 minutes from time, was happy to share Eriksson’s assessment of the game – but warned Shanghai to expect a stiffer challenge in the return fixture.

“Today’s match was very difficult for us and we made two mistakes that led to goals,” said coach Seo.

“Shanghai were good in defence too, although we still managed to score once.

“Wu Lei, in particular, was very impressive today and we will do more research on him and their team for their visit to our home stadium. We will have a better chance to win there.”