Magnificent seven for goal-machine Adriano

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Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Mizumoto Hiroki (right) vies for the ball with South Korea’s FC Seoul forward Carlos Adriano (left) during their AFC Champions League group F football match in Seoul on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO

Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Mizumoto Hiroki (right) vies for the ball with South Korea’s FC Seoul forward Carlos Adriano (left) during their AFC Champions League group F football match in Seoul on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO

SEOUL: Brazilian goal-machine Adriano made it seven goals in just two AFC Champions League games on Tuesday as FC Seoul destroyed Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4-1 to take a firm grip on Group F.

Adriano, who smashed four in last week’s 6-0 demolition of Buriram United, plundered another hat trick as the Korean FA Cup-holders roared back from a goal down.

After Kazuhiko Chiba’s opener for Hiroshima, Kim Won-Sik equalized for the hosts just after the half-hour, before Adriano grabbed his treble in 20 second-half minutes.

The Brazilian put Seoul ahead in the 49th minute when he let a free-kick drop over his shoulder and delicately steered a sumptuous volley into the Hiroshima goal.


He showed his predatory instincts with a determined run and near-post finish on 55 minutes, and completed his hat trick after another flowing team move in the 69th.

After a ball across the box from Spanish defender Osmar Barba, Sin Jin-Ho’s backheel found the on-rushing Adriano and the free-scoring forward swept home Seoul’s fourth.

Adriano remained a danger in the final minutes and ex-Arsenal forward Park Chu-Young also came close with a free kick which curled just wide.

After two games, FC Seoul top the nascent Group F on maximum points and three ahead of China’s Shandong Luneng, who have a later kick-off against Thai outfit Buriram.

AFP

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