• February 02, 2013

Guangzhou: China’s Guangzhou Evergrande won the AFC Champions League for the second time in three years as a goal from Brazilian striker Elkeson secured a 1-0 victory on aggregate over 10-men Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates in Saturday’s final second leg at Tianhe Sport Centre Stadium.

Having been on target in the 2013 final when Guangzhou defeated Korea Republic’s FC Seoul on away goals to claim a first continental title in 23 years for China, Elkeson ensured a repeat of history with his strike on 54 minutes to break the deadlock.

And despite Al Ahli pushing for an equaliser, with a score-draw being enough for the visitors to claim the title, the sending off of Salmin Khamis proved an obstacle too big to overcome and sparked celebrations amongst the capacity crowd in the southern Chinese city.