Shanghai SIPG march on; Suwon back to winning ways

SIPG's Brazilian striker Hulk runs with the ball in the game

SIPG's Brazilian striker Hulk runs with the ball in the game

A moment of magic from Hulk set up fellow Brazilian Elkeson for the victor as Shanghai SIPG reached the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a 1-0 here Tuesday.

Yohei Toyoda shot wide in the 39th minute and within 60 seconds the Japanese striker inexplicably blazed over from just two meters out when it seemed easier to score with the goalmouth gaping.

The win moves SIPG on to 10 points from four games, while Ulsan remains in second on five points, level with Melbourne following its win over Kawasaki.

The teams were deadlocked until the New Zealand winger got on the end of a chest-down from Terry Antonis in the 90th minute to smash home with his left foot for Melbourne's first win of the campaign.

It was the J1 League side who initially took the lead three minutes before the half-hour mark, after a bad attempt at a clearance by Joshua Brillante allowed Mu Kanazaki to score with an easy header from point-blank range.

Shanghai SIPG is unbeaten on 10 points at the top and guaranteed a place in the knockout stages while Kawasaki, quarter-finalists a year ago, are bottom with just one point.

But Sydney clung on to their dwindling hopes of qualification with 20 minutes to go when Luke Wilkshire's cross was met at the back post by the head of Matt Simon and bundled over the line.

The Australian side remain rooted to the bottom of Group H on two points with Kashima top on eight. Shanghai has three points in third.

In West Asia, former champions Al Sadd jumped to the top of Group C on goal difference with a 4-0 thrashing of Uzbekistan's Nasaf in Doha.

Abdelkarim Hassan, Baghdad Bounedjah and Jugurtha Hamroun were also on target for the hosts, who are now top of Group C.

Dejan Damjanovic put Suwon Bluewings ahead in the 51st minute and Choi Sung-keun added a second late in the match.

Persepolis appear well-placed to join them in the knockout rounds following a 1-0 win away to struggling Al Wasl, Kamal Kamyabinia heading the only goal in the 37th minute.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Tractor Sazi and Al Ahli drew 1-1 with Al Jazira and Al Gharafa respectively.

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