Go Guangzhou Evergrande!

19 Oct

I’ve been a bit tardy with this news, but congratulations to Guangzhou Evergrande on reaching the Asian Champions League finals. They will face FC Seoul over two legs, the first being on Oct. 26. Evergrande became the first Chinese team to reach the final since 1996 when Dalian Wanda did it, and if they win, they’ll be the first Chinese team since Liaoning in 1989. Making this achievement sweeter was how devastating their victory in the semifinal was, when they overwhelmed Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol 4-1 and 4-0. Evergrande also won the Chinese league for the third season in a row.
On the national front, China suffered a big setback when they drew 1-1 with Indonesia in an Asian Cup qualifying match they were widely expected to win. The other two teams are Iraq and Saudi Arabia, both of whom are formidable Asian opponents. China is currently second after three games, the midpoint stage of group qualifiers, so there’s still hope.

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