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Hulk double spells trouble for Urawa

AFP

Shanghai’s Hulk gestures during Asian Champions League quarterfinal action against Urawa Reds on Tuesday.

The Associated PressBrazilian striker Hulk scored both goals for Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday as the Chinese side fought back to draw 2-2 with Urawa Reds of Japan in the first leg of their Asian Champion League quarterfinal.

Hulk’s two strikes, both of which were scored from the penalty spot, came in the second half after Urawa, continental champion in 2007 and 2017, established a 2-0 halftime lead.

Tomoaki Makino put Urawa ahead from close range in the 3rd minute and Shinzo Koroki added a second after 30 minutes.

Hulk pulled a goal back for Shanghai 4 minutes after the break following a foul from Urawa defender Mauricio Antonio.

And Antonio conceded another penalty when he handled in the area with 19 minutes remaining.

Hulk again converted to level the scoreline for Shanghai, which is searching for a first Asian title.

The second leg takes place on Sept. 17 in Japan and the victor will meet either Guangzhou Evergrande of China or Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the semifinal.

The tournament is divided into two geographical zones until the final. In the western side of the draw, Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr defeated Al Sadd of Qatar 2-1 in the first leg in Riyadh.

Famed Bury gets the boot

BURY, England (AP) — Bury, one of the oldest clubs in English soccer, has been expelled from the Football League after 125 years of membership following its failure to find a new owner.

The club from Greater Manchester had until Tuesday to provide evidence to the English Football League that it could meet its financial commitments, but was unable to after a takeover bid collapsed.

The EFL said that “having fully considered all available options, including a number of late expressions of interest provided to the EFL, the EFL board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury’s membership be withdrawn.”

Bury is the first Football League club to be kicked out since Maidstone in 1992. The team has been unable to play any of its first five games in the third-tier League One this season.

League One will now comprise 23 teams for the remainder of the season and the number of relegation places will be reduced to three instead of four.

Debbie Jevans, executive chair of the EFL, said “today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the league’s recent history,” but added that the EFL “has to place the integrity of our competitions at the heart of every decision we make.”

Bury was founded in 1885, joined the Football League in 1894, and has won the F.A. Cup twice.

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