Tianjin Quanjian 3 - 0 Kitchee FC - Champions League


This week saw the start of the Group stages of the Asian Champions League. So now let's look back at Kitchee's return to the Champions League. Kitchee where looking to better their Hong Kong counterparts Eastern who last season only managed 1 point and conceded 24 goals in their 6 group games. Kitchee this week were up against Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.

Tianjin of China was going into this game still in their preseason and nearly three weeks off the start of their league season. While Kitchee is halfway through their season in Hong Kong. With Kitchee being the weaker side with a far weaker budget they were hoping this could work in their favour. 

The Chinese club managed by Paulo Sousa started the game slowly but from the first minute looked to take control of the match in front of a home crowd of over 21,000. The first chance of note came in the 22nd minute when Pato the Brazilian striker took the ball and turned firing a curling shot just over from around 30 yards. 

The Pato chance got the home team going more and the opening goal did not take long to come after this. The goal came in the 32nd minute and was from a lovely teasing cross by Chinese defender Haolun which found the head of Anthony Modeste who head home into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance. This goal seemed to open the floodgates as on the 36th minute Modeste had a soft shot from around the penalty spot and his shot was deflected in for 2-0 by the Kitchee defender Paulinho.

Unfortunately for Kitchee, it did not get any better as the third goal came three minutes later. This time the goal came from a deep cross from Yongpo which was met with a diving header by Sun Ke. At this point, it looked like the score could get to any point with Tianjin scoring for fun. Lucky for Kitchee the scoring did stop there as the Chinese side took their foot off the gas in the second half. Kitchee even fashioned a chance late on when Fernando put a cross into the middle which was headed down for a Tong Kin Man shot but this went over by a yard. 

Here is the results from all the East Asian Sides so far;

Melbourne Victory (AUS) 3 v 3 Ulsan (KOR)  

Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 0 v 1 Shanghai SIPG (CHN) 

Jeonbuk Motors (KOR) 3 v 2 Kashiwa Reysol (JPN) 

Tianjin Quanjian (CHN) 3 v 0 Kitchee (HKG) 

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