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Guangzhou Evergrande 2013 ACL Champions

10 November 2013 No Comment

Guangzhou Evergrande became the first Chinese side to win the Asian Champions League after a 1-1 draw in the second leg against FC Seoul earned it an away goals triumph.

Guangzhou held the upper hand after earning a 2-2 draw from the first meeting in South Korea last month and it further strengthened its grip on the final when Elkeson deservedly put it ahead in the 58th minute.

Seoul quickly responded with an equaliser from Dejan Damjanovic but it could not find a winning goal in the last 28 minutes which would have seen it clinch the title as the tie finished 3-3.

The success was no more than Marcello Lippi’s side deserved after bossing the clash in front of more than 42,000 fans at its Tianhe Stadium.

The Chinese Super League champion created virtually all of the chances in the first half but Elkesen could not take advantage of several openings while Zhao Xuri headed over and Dario Conca struck the woodwork.

Luiz Muriqui was then denied by visiting goalkeeper Kim Yong-dae after going clean through at the start of the second half, while China international Huang Bowen also saw his shot saved soon after.

Guangzhou finally got the breakthrough in the 58th minute when Elkeson scored his sixth goal in six Champions League games after picking up a pass from fellow Brazilian Muriqui.

That seemed to spark Seoul into action and four minutes later it drew level through Damjanovic, who followed up his late equaliser in the first game with another goal after being set up by Sergio Escudero.

The two teams went in search of a winner after that but were unable to produce anything to seriously trouble the respective goalkeepers as Guangzhou held on for the title.

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