Guangzhou engineered auto accidents to disrupt Shanghai SIPG, says Villas-Boas

Guangzhou Evergrande vs Shanghai SIPG

Guangzhou Evergrande vs Shanghai SIPG

Evergrande nearly pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shootout triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Shanghai SIPG reached their first AFC Champions League semifinals, winning a penalty shootout 5-4 against Guangzhou Evergrande here on Tuesday evening.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager said Guangzhou are "dominating" the Asian Football Confederation, claimed they are enjoying the referees' favour - and made his claim about them staging auto accidents along his team's route to the stadium.

"In the last game Fu Huan had a very clean slide tackle which led to his suspension in this match", he said.

However, Hulk's 110th-minute strike helped the game go to penalties with an aggregate score of 5-5, after Guangzhou's Ricardo Goulart levelled things in the 118th minute.

'Zhang Linpeng should be suspended from this game because he used his elbow in the first game and he's not suspended, because the committee of ethics and discipline at AFC did not judge an elbow as violent conduct.

SIPG's expensive imports Oscar and Hulk - signed for a combined total of 115 million euros ($137.55 million) - were relative bystanders for much of the game as Evergrande dominated from start to finish.

He told reporters: "We come here on the bus for this game and the same two cars separately had three accidents in front of us. This is the problem", said the Portuguese. "They can block hotels, cause people to have accidents in front of us".

"The referee gave our goalkeeper a yellow card during the penalties and this is a disgrace".

Villas-Boas' opposite number, Luiz Felipe Scolari, had his own complaints about the officiating.

Villas-Boas, whose side will face either Kawasaki Frontale or Urawa Reds of Japan in the last four, also raged against referee Faghani, who left SIPG with just nine men on the field at the end of 120 minutes.

"Should we move the AC in Shanghai Stadium to Guangzhou for them to experience?" he asked. We are competing with SIPG in the Asian Champions League, the Chinese Super League and the Chinese FA Cup.

Guangzhou, the 2013 and 2015 continental champion, pulled two goals back in the first half thanks to Brazilian midfielder Alan Junior.

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