Shenhua off to winning start in AFC Champions League

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Shanghai Greenland Shenhua midfielder Yu Hanchao (left) celebrates his goal against Perth Glory with teammates during the AFC Champions League Group F match at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.

Shanghai Shenhua made a successful start to their 2020 AFC Champions League Group F campaign, seeing off Australia's Perth Glory with a 2-1 win at Education City Stadium in Qatar on Wednesday.

Head coach Choi Kang-hee had anticipated difficulties for his injury-hit squad but they shrugged off the absence of Giovanni Moreno and Kim Shin-wook, ending a 15-match winless streak in the competition.

Peng Xinli opened the scoring with a low shot after just seven minutes and a mistake from Perth goalkeeper Tando Velaphi allowed Yu Hanchao to add a second eight minutes before the break.

Jonathan Aspropotamitis got one back for Perth later on but the A-League team, still pointless after two games with the first defeat coming against FC Tokyo in February, is rooted to the bottom of Group F.

Shanghai Shenhua will continue their Group F bid against Ulsan Hyundai on Saturday, with Perth to face the Korean side three days later.

Sydney FC faces Shanghai SIPG in Group H on Thursday before the competition picks up at the weekend with a further four matches.

Group games are due to be played until Dec. 4, with the knockout rounds starting two days later.

Zhang Lu of Shanghai Shenhua FC vies the ball during the group F match between Shanghai Shenhua FC of China and Perth Glory of Australia at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, capital of Qatar, Nov. 18, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

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