ACL2019 MD5 Toyota Player of the Week: Hulk

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Shanghai SIPG's star forward Hulk scored a brace in his side's 2-2 draw away at Kawasaki Frontale in their penultimate Group H tie on Tuesday to earn this week's top accolade.

The Brazilian's double kept the Chinese club in the driving seat for a place in the Round of 16 with a home tie against already-eliminated Sydney FC to come on May 21.

Hulk's first of the night was a wonderful surging run from the halfway line that was nominated for Goal of the Week, before his second came from towering header in the first half. His all-round performance saw him register 71 touches, win five fouls and make 25 passes as he was awarded a 8.7 rating to lead the Toyota Player of the Week standings.

Countryman Giuliano (below) likewise shone on Matchday Five with the Al Nassr attacker scoring and getting an assist for the Saudi side in their 3-1 win over Al Wasl on Tuesday.

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Giuliano's opener set the tone for victory in Riyadh and the result proved an important one as the defeat of their Emirati visitors secured Al Nassr a place in the Round of 16 with a match remaining.

Along with his goal, Giuliano laid on the side's third of the night which was netted by Abdullah Al Salim to ensure all three points. The 28-year-old also created four chances for his teammates, tallied 45 passes and three shots on goal to earn an 8.5 rating.

Our first Asian player of the rankings round out the top three with Daegu FC's Kim Dae-won (below) taking third spot thanks to his performance in the comprehensive 4-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

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The 22-year-old Korean scored a sumptuous third goal of the night at Forest Arena, which was nominated for the Goal of the Week, and posted a hugely impressive 90.9% passing accuracy.

As well as his goal, Kim also created three chances to receive an 8.4 rating in this week's Toyota standings.

Al Sadd's Akram Afif enters the list at number four with a 8.1 rating. The Qatari forward was in fine form in the 2-1 win over Al Ahli, not only scoring but also providing an assist and creating a game high six chances created.

Completing the top five is Urawa Red Diamonds striker Yuki Muto who netted the vital winning goal in the Japanese side's 2-1 win over Buriram to earn a 7.9 rating.

Uzbekistan international Jaloliddin Masharipov is next with a 7.9 rating after an impressive performance for Pakhtakor in the side's 1-0 defeat of Persepolis, followed by Urawa's Shinzo Koroki and Al Nassr's Fahad Bin Jumayah who tallied 7.8 and 7.7 ratings respectively.