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 By John Duerden

Ricardo Goulart powers Guangzhou Evergrande from ACL group

Guangzhou Evergrande squeezed into the knockout stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Suwon Bluewings at Tianhe Stadium on Tuesday evening, thanks to a controversial goal from Brazilian forward Ricardo Goulart.

The Chinese Super League big-spenders, who were continental champions in 2013 and 2015, avoided last season's ignominious first-round exit to finish second in Group G.

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Goulart's second goal, that gave Luiz Felipe Scolari's men the point they needed to finish second...

Guangzhou Evergrande fined, given suspended ban for 'British dogs' sign

Guangzhou Evergrande fans hold up banners during the AFC Champions League game against Eastern at Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong in April 2017.
Guangzhou Evergrande have been punished for the behaviour of their fans in Hong Kong on April 25.

Guangzhou Evergrande have been fined and handed a suspended two-game stadium fan ban after the Chinese Super League club was found guilty of breaching regulations in an AFC Champions League (ACL) win over Hong Kong's Eastern last month.

Away supporters displayed an "Annihilate British Dogs, Eradicate Hong Kong Independence Poison" banner during the game at Hong Kong's Mongkok Stadium on April 25.

The two-time Asian champions will be forced to pay US$22,500, the Asian Football Confederation announced...

Guangzhou Evergrande charged by AFC over fans' 'British dogs' banner

Guangzhou Evergrande have been formally charged by the Asian Football Confederation after fans of the club displayed a banner reading "Annihilate British Dogs" during their Asian Champions League win over Hong Kong champions Eastern on Tuesday evening.

The two-time Asian champions, coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari and home to former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho, have been charged with two offences under the AFC's Disciplinary and Ethics code.

The first is under Article 58, which relates to...


AFC to investigate Guangzhou Evergrande fans' 'British dogs' banner

Security confront Guangzhou Evergrande fan waving a Chinese national flag at Eastern fans.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is set to investigate after fans of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande displayed a banner reading "Annihilate British dogs" during their 6-0 Asian Champions League victory over Hong Kong champions Eastern. 

The banner at Eastern's Mong Kok Stadium also described Hong Kong's independence movement as "poison."

Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The territory retains a separate economic, legal and political system from...

 By John Duerden

Guangzhou Evergrande thrash Eastern, go top of ACL group

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Ramires, left, and Ricardo Goulart both grabbed goals in Guangzhou's romp in Hong Kong.

A Brazilian-inspired Guangzhou Evergrande went to the top of Group G of the 2017 AFC Champions League (ACL) on Tuesday with a 6-0 win over Eastern SC of Hong Kong that saw Samba imports Paulinho, Alan and Ricardo Goulart netting all but one of the goals.

With a single game of the group stage remaining, the two-time continental winners will be certain of a place in the last 16 if they avoid defeat at home to Suwon Samsung Bluewings of South Korea on May 9.

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At Eastern's Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong,...