AFC Champions League Review: Holders Guangzhou stay alive, Shanghai SIPG ease through

AFC Champions League holders Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao stayed in this season's competition by beating Pohang Steelers on Tuesday.

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao kept their AFC Champions League campaign alive with a 2-0 victory at Pohang Steelers on Tuesday.

The holders travelled to South Korea without injured star striker Jackson Martinez and knowing that anything but a win would see them crash out of this season's tournament in the pool stages.

And goals from Ricardo Goulart and Gao Lin either side of half-time earned a crucial win. The top two in Group H, Sydney and Urawa Reds, meet on Wednesday.

Shanghai SIPG's impressive debut Champions League campaign continued with a 3-1 victory over Melbourne Victory that ensures they will finish top of Group G.

Suwon Bluewings leapfrogged Victory into second spot in the pool with a 2-1 win at Gamba Osaka.

Tractor Sazi sealed top spot in Group C with a 2-0 victory over Al Hilal, while Pakhtakor kept the pressure on the second-placed Saudi side by beating Al Jazira 3-1. 

Group D leaders El Jaish were stunned by Al Ahli, who ran out 4-1 winners in Doha, and Nasaf are still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Al Ain.