Kashiwa - Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho gave his new career a strong boost on Tuesday by scoring a stunning long-range goal as Guangzhou Evergrande of China reasserted its status as the team to beat in the Asian Champions League.
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Paulinho, who joined the Chinese Super League side in June after a disappointing spell in the Premier League, scored the visitors' second goal in the 40th minute of the quarterfinal first leg as Guangzhou beat Japan's Kashiwa Reysol 3-1.
He slammed home an unstoppable free kick from 35 meters (yards).
Kashiwa, hoping to avenge an 8-1 aggregate thumping by Guangzhou at the semifinal stage in 2013, got off to a disastrous start, going a goal behind in just the 5th when centerback Daisuke Suzuki headed Huang Bowen's free kick into his own net.
Paulinho doubled the lead before Gao Lin made it 3-0 in the 58th, heading another Huang delivery beyond Reysol goalkeeper Takanori Sugeno.
Masato Kudo claimed Reysol's consolation goal from close range in the 89th minute.