Football: Elkeson leads China's Brazilian carnival in Asia

Shanghai (AFP) - Shanghai SIPG's prolific marksman Elkeson scored with an outrageous 45-yard effort as China's Brazilian imports justified their expensive price tags in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

Hulk, a €55 million (S$82.57 million) signing from Zenit St Petersburg, was another Brazilian on the scoresheet as Andre Villas-Boas' SIPG kept their 100 per cent record in Group F with a 3-2 win against Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds.

SIPG's rivals Jiangsu Suning also dispatched Japanese opposition as former Chelsea midfielder Ramires was enjoying a carnival of his own.

The Brazilian, who cost Jiangsu €28 million, scored the only goal in a man-of-the-match performance against Gamba Osaka.

Elkeson's stunning strike past the stranded goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa put SIPG 2-0 ahead on the stroke of half-time after Shi Ke's headed opener.

With Brazil international and record €60 million signing Oscar pulling the strings in midfield, it soon became 3-0 on 52 minutes when Hulk used all his strength to brush off three challenges before slotting through Nishikawa's legs.

Urawa got one back against the run of play when Rafael Silva was hauled down in the box and got up to convert the penalty himself.

Wataru Endo's scrambled goal six minutes from time gave SIPG a few nervy moments before the full-time whistle.