Zhang Yuning (above) of Beijing Guoan is tackled during the group E match between Beijing Guoan and FC Seoul of South Korea at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, Nov. 21, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
Chinese Super League sides had mixed results in the AFC Champions League group stage.
DOHA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian striker Alan Douglas Borges de Carvalho played a critical role in helping Beijing Guoan beat FC Seoul 2-1, while Ulsan Hyundai defeated Shanghai Shenhua 3-1 in the AFC Champions League here on Saturday.
Guoan made a quick breakthrough in the eighth minute as Zhang Yuning passed to Fernando Lucas Martins, whose volley hit Seoul striker Ko Kwang-Min and bounced into the net.
In the 59th minute, thanks to Alan's long-range volley after receiving Augusto's cross, Guoan grew their lead to 2-0.
Five minutes later, Guoan defender Kim Min-Jae's handball in the box gifted Seoul a penalty kick, which Park Chu-Young converted.
Guoan lost momentum in the face of Seoul's aggressive attack, but goalkeeper Hou Sen kept his side in the lead until the final whistle.
Peng Xinli (L) of Shanghai Shenhua tackles Ulsan Hyundai's Lee Keun-ho during their AFC Champions League 2020 match in Doha, Nov. 21, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
Elsewhere, Hyundai broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Yoon Bit-Garam's shot was denied by goalkeeper Li Shuai, and Junior Negao's follow-up was blocked by Shenhua defenders, before Yoon finally managed to slot home on the third attempt.
In the 40th minute, Hyundai made a series of precise passes before Yoon scored his second with an assist from Lee Sang-Heon.
After the interval, Hyundai kept the pressure until Kim Kee-Hee's header from a free kick found the net in the 62nd minute to make it 3-0.
Shenhua scored a consolation goal in the 88th minute when Zhu Jianrong headed in. ■