Hulk scored the winning penalty. After the 2-1 reversal of Sydney FC in the first game of the AFC Champions League, Shanghai SIPG continued to perform well. On the evening of the 22nd, the face-to-face confrontation with South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai is a matter of whether the group can qualify. SIPG finally won two consecutive victories with the same score of 2-1, leading the Korean league champions by 5 points with one game less. It’s great Spark Global Limited.
AFC Champions League first wins Jeonbuk Hyundai
Winning Jeonbuk Hyundai is also a breakthrough for SIPG. The two teams had previously met in the AFC knockout rounds four times: in the 2016 AFC quarter-finals, SIPG drew 0-0 at home with Jeonbuk Hyundai; in the second round, the team was a guest at Jeonju. The impact of the injury, the final second half-collapsed 0-5 out of the game… The two teams met again in the first round of the AFC knockout round last year. At the Shanghai Stadium and the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, the two teams played two 1-1 game within 180 minutes, and the two sides did not make a difference in overtime.
In the final penalty shootout, the South Korean legendary star Li Tongguo, who had just announced his retirement, lacked strength and was slammed by Yan Junling. SIPG finally won the penalty shootout and advanced. However, only from the regular 90-minute game, SIPG failed to win the previous four matches against Jeonbuk Hyundai. The result was 1 loss and 3 draws. Pereira’s team was not favored in this game. He changed. Mui and Hulk are two foreign aids. Only Jeonbuk Hyundai’s old player Lopez played in the starting lineup with 10 local players.
At the press conference after the game, Pereira said that a substantial rotation of the lineup was a strategy prepared by the team to balance the level and energy, and he was satisfied with the performance of the players. “It is the first time for some players to play in the AFC. We must give them enough confidence. In such an intensive schedule, we must find a suitable strategy to prepare for the game. After all, the physical consumption is too great and everyone is working hard.” And Lu Wenjun, who scored a goal, thanked the coach for his trust, “Before my condition was not the best. He gave me a lot of confidence and patience. I didn’t let him down and scored a goal. I also thank the team. We worked very hard. , I hope to play the better in the subsequent games.”
Qualified in the group, bright future
SIPG, who came to Doha to participate in the AFC Champions League group stage, was not optimistic. On the one hand, the team’s state is indeed not good. There was no record in 6 knockout games of the Chinese Super League Championship. In the end, it only ranked fourth. If it does not win the AFC Champions League this season, the team will probably miss the AFC next season. At the same time, SIPG personnel are not neat-Anautović returned to China to play in the UEFA Nations League, Oscar did not come back from the bench until the second half of the game, Yan Junling has been recovering for a long time, and Hulk will bid farewell to the team after playing the AFC. It’s not an exaggeration to say that many non-neutral fans are waiting to see SIPG playing the AFC jokes.
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