Shanghai's Andre Villas-Boas accuses Guangzhou Evergrande of engineering disruptive auto accidents

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

At the end of an extraordinary game in Guangzhou, Shanghai SIPG had to rely on the lottery of the penalty shootouts to reach the final four of the AFC Champions League despite winning the first leg 4-0!

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager said Guangzhou are "dominating" the Asian Football Confederation, claimed they are enjoying the referees' favour - and made his claim about them staging auto accidents along his team's route to the stadium.

Guangzhou's Ricardo Goulart, who scored a hat-trick over the preceding 120 minutes, missed the opening spot kick to leave Yu Hai to score the victor for SIPG at the end of a remarkable quarterfinal that ended 5-5 on aggregate.

The Brazilian said: "Our skipper (Zheng Zhi) was shown a red card in the World Cup qualifier but the same scenario happened today involving a SIPG player but he only got a yellow card. The same two cars suffered three accidents in front of us so this is a problem", Villas-Boas said after the game, pointing the finger squarely at Evergrande.

Hulk netted a vital goal for SIPG five minutes into the second period of extra-time, but Goulart levelled the aggregate score again with just two minutes remaining when he scored from the penalty spot.

'Zhang Linpeng should be suspended from this game because he used his elbow in the first game and he's not suspended, because the committee of ethics and discipline at AFC did not judge an elbow as violent conduct.

Two of the AFC Champions League quarterfinals were decided on Tuesday with Shanghai SIPG and Persepolis making the last four in contrasting styles. "They can block hotels, cause people to have accidents in front of us".

Villas-Boas was also furious at having two players sent off during the game and also for a yellow card for his goalkeeper Yan Junling during the penalty shoot-out which means he is suspended for the first leg of the semi-final.

Following SIPG's 4-0 rout last month in Shanghai, Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed the air conditioning in the away changing room had been broken, describing it as "like a sauna".

"This comment is not against SIPG, this is not their problem".

"I congratulate them [Shanghai]".

Guangzhou, Asian Champions League winners in 2013 and 2015, will now focus on wrapping up a seventh straight Chinese Super League title.

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