Football: Lippi leads Guangzhou into AFC Champions League final
(REUTERS) - Big-spending Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande strolled into the final of the AFC Champions League by beating Japan's Kashiwa Reysol 4-0 at home on Wednesday to complete a 8-1 aggregate thrashing.
Guangzhou are the first Chinese side to reach the final of Asia's premier club competition but they had their South American attacking trio to thank for the achievement with Elkeson, Muriqui and Diego Conca scoring the goals.
Another eye-catching win for Guangzhou, led by Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, only adds to their favourites tag for the two-legged final which starts later this month and secures a berth at the lucrative Fifa Club World Cup.
Esteghlal of Iran host South Korea's FC Seoul in the other semi hoping to overturn a 0-2 first-leg loss when they meet in Teheran later on Wednesday.