China’s Guizhou have ended Korean Ulsan’s 15-match unbeaten run in the AFC Champions League after coming from a goal down in front of a home crowd.
The Chinese FA Cup holders beat the 2012 AFC champions 3-1 at the Guiyang Olympic Centre Stadium on Tuesday night.
Ulsan took the lead in the 34th minute when Kim Min-Kyun’s accurate through ball released Yoo Jun-Su, who outpaced the Guizhou defence before sliding the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Zhang Lie and into the net.
However, the Koreans’ lead lasted only five minutes as Chen Zijie equalised with his first goal of the night after he had beaten the offside trap.
Guizhou then went in front six minutes into the second half when Qu Bo slid in to turn home Rao Weihui’s dangerous low cross from the right.
Chen sealed victory with a fine finish eight minutes from time as he rifled a low shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner of the Ulsan net to make it 3-1.
In addition to ending Ulsan’s long unbeaten streak, the win also saw Guizhou move up to four points, three behind Ulsan and two behind Western Sydney Wanderers and Kawasaki Frontale.
Kawasaki joined Western Sydney in second place after they also came from behind to beat the Australian side 2-1 in Japan.
There was also plenty of drama in Group F as the Central Coast Mariners, who began the day in last place, moved a point clear at the top after they beat Beijing Guoan of China 1-0 in Gosford.
The match between FC Seoul of Korea and Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan ended in a 2-2 draw.
The win sees Central Coast move up to six points, one ahead of the other three teams with two rounds of games remaining.