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Four-goal Ricardo Goulart helps Guangzhou go top

Guangzhou Evergrande's Ricardo Goulart scored four as the Chinese club fought back from two goals down to beat South Korea's Jeju United 5-3 on Tuesday, their first victory of this year's Asian Champions League.

Jin Sung-wook and Magno Cruz gave Jeju United a two-goal lead at Tianhe Stadium but Alan Carvalho netted deep into first-half stoppage time before Goulart almost single-handedly secured the win that moved Fabio Cannavaro's side top of Group G at the halfway point.

Carvalho's goal in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time sparked the revival, with Goulart levelling the scores seven minutes after the restart.

The Brazilian converted a penalty five minutes later and completed his hat-trick four minutes from fulltime.

He saved his best until last, however, when his audacious chip from just inside the area looped over goalkeeper Lee Chang-guen in injury time, leaving Lee Chang-min's long-range strike as little more than a consolation for the visitors.

Guangzhou have five points from their first three games and moved ahead of Japan's Cerezo Osaka, who were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Thailand's Buriram United in the other game in the group on Tuesday.

In Group E, Kim Shin-wook's physical presence was too much for Tianjin Quanjian to handle as twice champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors thrashed Paulo Sousa's Chinese Super League side 6-3.

The towering South Korea striker scored a hat-trick as Jeonbuk fought back after Tianjin's Zhang Cheng scored after 10 minutes.








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