Shanghai thump Aussies in CL clash

Shanghai SIPG hammered Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in their Group F clash in the 2017 AFC Champions League at Shanghai Stadium on Tuesday.

The damage was caused by Brazilian forward Hulk, who scored very early and constructed two more goals in SIPG's emphatic win to remain unbeaten in their start of the continental competition with two victories.

Hulk's opening goal happened in the third minute when he headed home Zhang Wei’s cross from the left to make it 1-0 and they never looked back.

The next SIPG goal came about when Hulk's pass found Oscar and he fired a shot from an angle to beat goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson going into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0 in the 17th minute.

Wanderers were able to pull a goal back when Mitch Nichols scored to make it 2-1 on 20 minutes.

But that did not halt the SIPG charge, as they were 3-1 up five-minutes-later when Hulk’s free-kick was parried back into play by keeper Tyson falling to Shi Ke who scored.

The onslaught continued as SIPG went 4-1 up on 27 minutes after Hulk was again involved when his mishit volley was diverted goalwards by Elkeson to score. 

The home side's domination continued in the second half but they could not add to the goal tally until the 75th minute when Fu Huan chipped the ball to Wu Lei, who fired a low shot past Tyson to make it 5-1.   

The result sees SIPG tie with Urawa Red Diamonds on six points from two games at the top of Group F after the Japanese side defeated FC Seoul 5-2 on Tuesday.