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Shanghai: Things remain finely poised in the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-finals between China’s Shanghai SIPG and Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, after the first leg finished 1-1 on Wednesday. 

Hulk’s sensational record of scoring in every game he’s played in this year’s competition continued in just the 15th minute, as the 31-year-old slammed home from all of 25 yards to give Shanghai the lead at Shanghai Stadium.

Yosuke Kashiwagi restored parity and gave 2007 champions Urawa a precious away goal 13 minutes later though, applying the finishing touch with a guided effort across Shanghai goalkeeper Chen Wei after Shinzo Koroki had laid back a ball in behind from Takuya Aoki.

That goal rocked Shanghai for a spell as Urawa began to play their way back into the game, but the hosts started to threaten again just before the break, with Oscar drawing a couple of fine saves from Shusaku Nishikawa in the 39th and 44th minutes.

The Brazilian had another excellent opportunity after an hour, finding himself free in behind the Urawa defence but firing straight at Nishikawa, before hitting the post with a vicious free-kick in the 68th minute.

Wu Lei then had a chance to win it for Shanghai late on but fizzed his effort just wide, and the draw – the first for each side in this year’s competition – means the tie is either side's for the taking when the second leg takes place in Saitama on October 18.

Photos: Lagardère Sports