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FC Seoul beat 10-man Shandong in 1st leg of AFC Champions League quarters

All Headlines 21:38 August 24, 2016

By Joo Kyung-don

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean club FC Seoul beat Shandong Luneng 3-1 in the first leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Seoul, the 2013 AFC Champions League (ACL) runners-up, collected a sweet victory at Seoul World Cup Stadium thanks to Park Chu-young and Dejan Damjanovic, who each scored one goal and collected an assist in the match. Argentine midfielder Walter Montillo scored the only goal for the Chinese Super League side.

This was the third meeting between Seoul and Shandong at the ACL this year. Two sides previously met in the group stage where Seoul beat Shandong 4-1 in China before they played to a scoreless draw in South Korea.

The second leg will be played on Sept. 14 at Jinan Olympic Sports Centre in Jinan, China. The aggregate score after the two matches will determine the winner, with the away goals rule in effect. Seoul can clinch a spot in the semifinals with a draw or even with a loss by a one-goal margin.

Against Shandong, Seoul started Park and Damjanovic up front, resting the tournament's leading goal scorer Carlos Adriano who netted 11 goals before coming to the quarters. The Chinese side fielded their star forward Graziano Pelle who scored two goals for Italy at the Euro 2016.

Park led Seoul's attack early in the match, with a header in the eighth and a close range left-foot effort nine minutes later. He then delivered a pinpoint cross to Damjanovic, who headed down for Seoul's 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.

After picking up an assist, Park put his name on a scoreboard with a right-foot strike in the 31st after receiving a pass from Cho Chan-ho. It was Park's first goal at the ACL this season.

Shandong, however, reduced the deficit to 2-1 just four minutes later when Montillo's free kick outside the box beat Seoul goalkeeper Yu Sang-hun. The visitors almost leveled the score in the 42nd, but Qui Tianyu's right-foot strike went over the net.

Looking for an equalizer, Shangdong started the second half aggressively, but both Liu Binbin's right-foot strike in the 50th and Dai Lin's header off the corner a minute later were denied by Yu.

Seoul reinforced their offense in the 60th as Adriano came on for Cho Chan-ho. And the Brazilian striker showed his skills just nine minutes later as he received a backheel pass from Damjanovic in the box and slotted the ball into the net.

Shandong got into further trouble when Jin Jingado received his second yellow card of the match for bringing down Adriano and was sent off in the 81st.

With the one-man advantage, Seoul kept knocking on Shandong's door with Park's free kick in the 83rd and Lee Seok-hyun's strike in the 86th, but failed to score extra goals.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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