Muriqui "best player in Asian Champions League" says rival manager
Guangzhou Evergrande secured a 1-1 away draw at Korean side Jeonbuk Motors thanks to a well worked goal by Brazilian attacking midfielder Muriqui.
Evergrande, who began their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 victory over Urawa Reds a fortnight ago, were impressive once more but fell behind midway through the first-half to a well struck Kim Jung-Woo effort.
Marcello Lippi's side, though, did not panic and their reward came on the hour-mark when Muriqui broke the offside trap from Gao Lin's pass and slotted calmly past the keeper.
Despite the visitor's dominance of possession, they were unable to grab a second goal although former Fluminense midfielder Dario Conca hit the bar late on with a well directed header.
Jeonbuk coach Fabio Lefundes was full of praise for his Chinese opposition post-match, with former Vítoria colleague Muriqui singled out for particular praise.
"My impression of Evergrande has not changed," he said. "They are a strong team, they have good players, excellent foreigners and an outstanding coach.
"If we say can that Conca is a great player, then Muriqui is the best player in the Asian Champions League.
"Muriqui and I worked together in Brazil for two years. I was very happy to see him again and to pass my greetings to his family."