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Seoul: A 25-yard strike from Shanghai SIPG forward Hulk proved enough to give the Chinese side a 1-0 win in their 2017 AFC Champions League Group F opener away to FC Seoul on Tuesday evening.

The Brazilian struck powerfully in the 53rd minute to open the scoring at Seoul World Cup Stadium, with his swerving effort past goalkeeper Yoo Hyun in a flash to open the scoring.

Just six minutes later, Shanghai SIPG were reduced to ten men as centre-back He Guan was dismissed for pulling down striker Dejan Damjanovic in the penalty area. However, the Montenegrin’s spot kick was saved by Yan Junling.

A man down, Shanghai SIPG were able to cling on in the face of mounting pressure to claim all three points and join Urawa Red Diamonds, who had earlier defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 4-0, at the top of Group F.

Photo: Lagardère Sports



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