Evergrande ready for epic FC Seoul clash

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Guangzhou Evergrande is eyeing a breakthrough for Chinese soccer by becoming the country's first winner of the AFC Champions League, but their hopes of beating FC Seoul rest with a South American trio rather than local talent.

Brazilian strikers Elkeson and Muriqui and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca have been behind Guangzhou's run to a first continental final, where they take on the South Korean champions away in the first leg on Saturday.

Muriqui is the tournament's top scorer with 13 goals in 12 games. Conca has eight and Elkeson has four for manager Marcello Lippi's side, which smashed Japan's Kashiwa Reysol 8-1 on aggregate in the semifinals.

"I have been able to score a lot of goals this season due to the strong support from the rest of the team," a modest Muriqui said.

Guangzhou are the favorites to lift the trophy, but victory in the South Korean capital will be tough with Seoul undefeated at home in this year's tournament.

The return leg is in China on November 9.

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