{
    "title": "Tianjin, Shanghai claim AFC CL wins",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Alexandre-Pato-180130-LooksOn-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Big-name strikers such as Hulk and Alexandre Pato may have drawn a blank on the opening night of the 2018 AFC Champions League but their Chinese Super League teams kicked off with vital victories on Tuesday.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nTianjin Quanjian, making a first appearance in the tournament in which 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four, defeated Kitchee of Hong Kong 3-0.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nFormer French under-21 international Anthony Modeste, signed for over $40 million last summer, opened the scoring in the first half as Tianjin, who finished third in the 2017 Chinese Super League, took control. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nAn own goal and a Sun Ke strike gave Tianjin the win despite the best efforts of Kitchee forward striker Diego Forlan, formerly of Manchester United and Inter Milan.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nSIPG, semifinalists in 2017 after spending more than $100 million on Brazilian stars Hulk and Oscar, won 1-0 at Kawasaki Frontale. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nThe team\u2019s less-heralded Brazilian import Elkeson grabbed the only goal of the game against the Japanese champions midway through the first half.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n2016 winners Jeonbuk Motors returned to the competition in style, coming from 2-0 down in South Korea to defeat Japanese visitors Kashiwa Reysol 3-2 thanks to a second-half brace from 39 year-old Lee Dong-guk. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nJeonbuk, banned from defending its title in 2017 after a club scout was indicted for bribing referees in domestic competitions in 2013 and 2014, conceded two first-half goals before Lee, who appeared in the English Premier League for Middlesbrough in 2007, inspired a comeback.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nEarlier on Tuesday, South Korea\u2019s Ulsan Horang-I took the lead three times at Melbourne Victory but had to settle for a 3-3 draw.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nThe tournament is divided into two geographic zones, east and west, until November\u2019s final.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Big-name strikers such as Hulk and Alexandre Pato may have drawn a blank on the opening night of the 2018 AFC Champions League but their Chinese Super League teams kicked off with vital victories.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T17:42:05",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Alexandre Pato \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Asia",
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}