2 China teams crash out of AFC Champs League despite splurge
CHINA'S world-leading transfer splurge has left two teams with red faces after holders Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Suning failed to progress from the AFC Champions League group stage.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Evergrande were particularly poor as they were eliminated with a game to spare. Both Chinese clubs exited with just two wins from their six group games.
And on Wednesday, a Jiangsu line-up featuring Asia's record signing Alex Teixeira, ex-Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Jo, who has played for Manchester City and Brazil, was held 2-2 by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to join Evergrande on the sidelines.
The big-spending clubs' failure has particular resonance this week after little Leicester City stunned the glamour sides of English football to claim an incredible Premier League title.
In January and February, Chinese teams broke the Asian transfer record four times in a sudden spending spree which outstripped even the mega-rich English Premier League.
Former Asian champions Al Hilal, Al Ain and Jeonbuk are also through to the two-legged round of 16, which gets under way on May 17.