Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande get it done in Asia too

12 Nov

Guangzhou Evergrande, as expected, captured Asia’s top club football crown Saturday in Guangzhou. Evergrande drew 1-1 with FC Seoul in the second leg of the Asian Champions League final, winning on the away goals rule after having drawn the first leg in Seoul 2-2. This was the first victory in Asia’s premier club competition by a Chinese team since 1990. Besides Asian success, Evergrande, led by Italian World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi, were rampant in the Chinese league, which they won again this season for the third year running. The final was a tense affair since the South Koreans proved to be tough and refused to give up. Evergrande scored first in Saturday’s game in the second half, but within minutes the Koreans drew level, so the final twenty minutes were quite nervewracking for Evergrande supporters. As I said before, Evergrande was carrying the hopes of all of China, not just Guangzhou, and a lot of the Chinese media and public have been lauding Evergrande.

Evergrande will now represent Asia in the upcoming Club World Cup in December, where they will face African champions Al-Ahly from Egypt in the quarterfinals (the competition is a straight knockout tournament).

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