Shanghai, Jeonbuk play out goalless draw

Shanghai SIPG and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in their AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Shanghai Stadium on Tuesday.

Sven Goran Eriksson’s side were made to work for their draw as Jeonbuk dominated more and more as the match progressed, but with neither goal breached in the first 90 minutes, both sides have it all to play for in a fortnight’s time.

Shanghai were boosted by the news that this season’s top scorer, Wu Lei, was fit to start, but star signing Hulk and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca did not feature. Here’s how the Chinese side lined up:

Jeanbuk, meanwhile, made five changes to the team that played in their last AFC Champions League match, the 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on May 24.

The match proved to be one between two relatively evenly-matched sides, with great work by both defenses on show. Even though the K-League Classic team perhaps had the better of the few half-chances that were carved open, the closest either side came was when Leonardo hit the post on the half-hour mark.

The Jeonbuk winger’s thunderous shot from well outside the penalty area left Yan Junling in the Shanghai goal for dead, but cannoned off the left-hand upright and bounced out of danger.

After the half-time break, Lu Wenjun had Shanghai’s best chance of the match to date when his goal-bound free-kick was well kept out by Kwoun Sun-tae in the Jeonbuk goal.

On the hour mark, Choi Chul-soon again threatened for Jeonbuk, but his effort was well-saved by a diving Yan.

Shortly thereafter, Shanghai enjoyed their best period of the match. Some neat interplay saw them work the ball into the Jeonbuk penalty area, but after Wu Lei fluffed his change, Lu’s eventual effort didn’t bother Kwoun.

In the 73rd minute, Yu had another opportunity but his well-struck header was tipped over the bar by Kwoun. Three minutes later, Ricardo Lopes went close at the other end after the Brazilian was played in but Kim Ju-young was able to deny the Brazilian from six yards out.

In the final few moments, Wu had another great chance to give his side the lead in the tie, but once again his finishing let him down, as his header flew over the bar.

The second leg takes place at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on September 13.