Shanghai SIPG advanced to Group F of the 2017 Asian Champions League after easing to a 3-0 victory over Sukhothai in the final play-off round at the Shanghai stadium on Tuesday.
Shanghai 3 Sukhothai 0
Oscar opens the scoring
Elkeson doubles the lead
Toophuntod scores an own goal
AVB's side advance to Group F
After a bright start to the game, the Red Eagles went into the break with a two-goal lead, thanks to Brazilians Oscar and Elkeson.
In the second-half Sukhothai defender Kiattisak Toopkhuntod scored an own goal, as Andre Villas-Boas side eased into the next round of the Champions League.
After a strong start from the Chinese Super League side where they had the visitors pegged back in their own half for large spells, it was expected to be a walkover for Villas-Boas' men.
However, the Thai League side held their more illustrious opponents with some inspirational defensive work.
It took 34 minutes for the deadlock to be eventually broken when marquee signing Oscar scored his first competitive goal for the club.
The Brazil international was picked out expertly by his midfield partner Odil Ahmedov, before nonchalantly finding the bottom left corner and leaving goalkeeper Pairot Eammak with no chance.
Oscar's strike helped the home side kick into another gear and they doubled their lead shortly after through another Brazilian, this time it was star striker Elkeson who got onto the scoresheet.
The former Guangzhou Evergrande striker profited from a defensive mix-up during a routine corner set-piece to lash home from close range, handing the Red Eagles a comfortable advantage going into the break.
In the second-half, Hulk, Elkeson and Shi Ke were all guilty of missing glorious opportunities to out their side even further ahead but the Thai side failed to capitalise on their luck – as they went three goals down juts before the hour mark.
Kiattisak Toophuntod put the ball into the back of his own net in the 58th minute, ending any hopes of a potential comeback as the Chinese top-flight side ran out deserved winners.
Villas-Boas men now advance to Group F of the AFC Champions League where they will meet Western Sydney Wanderers, Urawa Red Diamonds and FC Seoul.