AFC Champions League news

Lippi leads Guangzhou into AFC final

October 2, 2013
By ESPN staff

Asian Champions League
GettyImages Diego Conca was on target for Guangzhou.

Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande will face FC Seoul in the AFC Champions League final after a 4-0 home win wrapped up a comprehensive 8-1 aggregate victory over Japan's Kashiwa Reysol.

FC Seoul, last season's K-League winners, reached the showpiece later on Wednesday courtesy of a 2-2 draw with Iranian side Esteghlal in Tehran to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

The big-spending club, led by veteran Italian coach Marcelo Lippi, are the first Chinese side to reach Asia's showpiece final, and will be strong favourites to land their first AFC crown.

Goals from Elkeson, Muriqui and Diego Conca secured a comfortable win for Guangzhou who can book their place at the FIFA Club World Cup if they win the two-legged Champions League final later in October.

Brazilian Elkeson opened the scoring for the home side on 16 minutes as he converted from a corner and while Kashiwa enjoyed a good spell of pressure either side of half time, Argentine striker Conca put the tie firmly beyond doubt with a header just before the hour mark.

Muriqui, also from Brazil, then completed a quickfire brace as he solidified his place as the tournament's top scorer.

Guangzhou remain on course for the treble as they lead by 11 points in the league and have booked a place in the final four of the Chinese FA Cup.

Seoul built on their first-leg win by opening the scoring in the Iranian capital through Ha Dae-Song. Esteghlal gave the home crowd hope by overturning that lead through second-half strikes from Mohammad Ghazi Najafabadi and Jlloyd Samuel, but Kim Jin-Kyu's 80th-minute penalty ended any hopes of a comeback.

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