Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande roared to the top of their AFC Champions League group on Tuesday, with resurgent former winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in hot pursuit.
Argentinian midfielder Dario Conca and Brazilian import Muriqui were both on target as Guangzhou beat Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 at home. Guangzhou's second win in four Group H games was enough to supplant stumbling Thai champions Buriram United, who fell 3-2 to 2006 champions Jeonbuk.
The Chinese Super League title-holders smashed Jeonbuk 5-1 in their first game, but slipped up away against Buriram and drew against Kashiwa away last time around.
At Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre, they were ahead through Conca on 29 minutes before Hiroki Sakai levelled for the visitors five minutes after half-time. But within minutes Muriqui, Guangzhou's top-scorer last season, had the Chinese side back in front and added gloss to the scoreline six minutes from time.
Now Guangzhou will face Jeonbuk in their penultimate group match next month in a game which could decide the group. Jeonbuk have won their last two games to sit just one point behind the leaders.