Shanghai SIPG made a winning start to their AFC Champions League campaign by beating FC Seoul 1-0 in their Group F opener on Tuesday.
- Seoul 0 Shanghai 1
- Guan sent off
- Hulk bags winner
Despite a strong start to the match and playing the majority of the second half with a one-man advantage after He Guan picked up a second yellow card in the 59th minute, Seoul were condemned to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Hulk's 53rd minute strike.
The home team were out of the gates in a flash as they forced the first save of the game in the second minute. Shin Kwang-Hoon crossed towards Dejan Damjanovic who headed the ball on target, but was denied by Yan Junling.
At the other end of the pitch Hulk threatened to put the visitors in front when he directed a shot on target from outside the box, but it was kept out by Yoo Hyun.
Shortly thereafter, Junling had a straightforward stop to make when Lee Sang-ho tried his luck from the angle.
On the stroke of half-time, Shanghai were on the attack through Hulk who provided a cross for Elkeson to head at goal, but the attempt was saved.
The breakthrough finally arrived eight minutes into the second half. Wu Lei set up Hulk, and the former Zenit striker did the rest, finding the top left corner with his left boot.
In the 59th minute, Seoul had a golden opportunity to get themselves back on level terms as He Guan fouled Damjanovic in the box to earn himself his second yellow card, and hand the hosts a penalty. However, the spot-kick from Damjanovic was brilliantly saved by Junling.
Despite playing with only 10 men, Shanghai continued creating chances through the likes of Hulk and former Chelsea star Oscar, who came close to doubling the lead only to see his attempt saved.
The visitors claimed all three points in the end as they saw out the tie with 10 men, moving to second position in Group F.