JINAN, China: Brazilian super striker Adriano inspired FC Seoul to a 4-1 rout of Shandong Luneng and took his personal tally to nine goals in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Adriano scored twice in Jinan as FC Seoul bossed the hosts and assumed control of Group F with a maximum nine points—including 14 goals in their three games so far.
Adriano opened the scoring in the 27th minute as the visitors took control, only for Shandong’s Jucilei to equalise against the run of play on 62 minutes.
But Shandong’s goal drew the most emphatic of responses from FC Seoul, who were back in front in just three minutes and 4-1 ahead six minutes after that.
First Adriano’s deft footwork released Go Yo-Han, who checked inside and shot past the defenders to beat goalkeeper Wang Dalei on his near post.
Montenegrin striker Dejan Damjanovic had time and space to pick his spot on 68 minutes and make it 3-1 as the Shandong defence again went missing.
And Adriano finished a penetrating team move on 71 minutes as Go delivered an angled ball to Damjanovic who swivelled to pull it back to the waiting Brazilian.
FC Seoul had earlier totted up wins of 6-0 over Buriram United and 4-1 against Sanfrecce Hiroshima—with Adriano scoring seven of the goals—to assert themselves as the Asian competition’s form team.
Among Wednesday’s later games, reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande take on Urawa Red Diamonds as they look for their first win in this year’s competition.