Guangzhou Evergrande have become the first Chinese club to reach the final of the AFC Champions League after thrashing Japanese team Kashiwa Reysol 4-0 on Wednesday, China Daily reports.
The Chinese champions, coached by World Cup-winning manager [Marcello] Lippi, who had won 4-1 in Japan, completed a comfortable 8-1 aggregate win in their top four clash. The deep-pocketed Guangzhou have won all of their six knock-out matches and scored formidable 20 goals en route to the final.
“We have a compact squad and played well in both legs,” said Lippi after the match. “Reaching the final is very positive for us, we will put all our effort to win the final.”
Guangzhou will play their first leg against FC Seoul on October 26 at the World Cup Stadium in the Korean capital, before the final game on November 9 in Guangzhou’s own Tianhe Stadium. Seoul beat Iranian side Esteghlal FC 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the final.
[Via: The Nanfang]