Guangzhou Evergrande move top of Group G

Eastern Sports Club are still winless following the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande in their AFC Champions League, Group G clash at the Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday.

  • Eastern Sports Club 0 Guangzhou Evergrande 6
  • Paulinho opens scoring early on
  • Mitchell OG doubles visitors' lead
  • Allan scores second-half brace
  • Paulinho also bags his second
  • Hanchao completes the rout

Match Summary

Brazil international Paulinho opened the scoring in the eighth minute, before Josh Mitchell's own-goal just before the break handed Luiz Felipe Scolari's side a two-goal cushion.

Fellow Brazilian Allan added two more goals after the break, before Paulinho and Yu Hanchao wrapped up a comprehensive victory for the Chinese Super League champions late on.

Full Report

After Kawasaki Frontale's impressive 1-0 win away to Suwon Samsung Bluewings, there was a clear incentive for Guangzhou in their clash against the winless club from Hong Kong.

And the Southern China Tigers got off to the perfect start when Paulinho broke the deadlock after eight minutes. Ricardo Goulart had the first chance of the game, but his compatriot once again showed his prowess in the air against a physically weaker team to head home Zhang Linpeng's delivery.

Zheng Zhi soon had a speculative effort from range midway through the half, before the game was marred by constant fouls, but the visitors held dominance in possession.

With Eastern looking to hold on until the break with just a one-goal disadvantage, their ultra-defensive tactics soon wore off as Australian defender Mitchell bundled the ball beyond his own goalkeeper and captain Yapp Hung Fai.

The second half proved to be one-way traffic with the flood gates opening when the Hong Kong Premier League champions looked to attack in search of their first win.

Guangzhou duly exploited their lack of defensive cover by running riot as Allan scored in the 50th and 71st minutes.

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho also managed to get on the scoresheet once more to make it 5-0 in the 82nd minute and Yu Hanchao's stoppage-time strike made it six on the night – as Guangzhou moved top of Group G with nine points.

With one game remaining in the group before the last-16, the Chinese champions look firm favourites to finish as winners when they take on Bluewings at the Tianhe Stadium next month, while Kawasaki Frontale face off against Eastern at the Todoroki Athletics Stadium, both ties on May 9.

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