Magnificent seven for goal-machine Adriano
01 March 2016, 18:24
Seoul - Brazilian goal-machine Adriano made it seven goals
in just two AFC Champions League games on Tuesday as FC Seoul destroyed
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4-1 to take a firm grip on Group F.
Adriano, who smashed four in last week's 6-0 demolition of
Buriram United, plundered another hat-trick as the Korean FA Cup-holders roared
back from a goal down.
After Kazuhiko Chiba's opener for Hiroshima, Kim Won-Sik
equalised for the hosts just after the half-hour, before Adriano grabbed his
treble in 20 second-half minutes.
The Brazilian put Seoul ahead in the 49th minute when he let
a free-kick drop over his shoulder and delicately steered a sumptuous volley
into the Hiroshima goal.
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He showed his predatory instincts with a determined run and
near-post finish on 55 minutes, and completed his hat-trick after another
flowing team move in the 69th.
After a ball across the box from Spanish defender Osmar
Barba, Sin Jin-Ho's backheel found the on-rushing Adriano and the free-scoring
forward swept home Seoul's fourth.
Adriano remained a danger in the final minutes and
ex-Arsenal forward Park Chu-Young also came close with a free-kick which curled
After two games, FC Seoul top the nascent Group F on maximum
points and three ahead of China's Shandong Luneng, who have a later kick-off
against Thai outfit Buriram.
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