Alan scored twice to help Guangzhou Evergrande lead Shanghai SIPG 2-0 at half time during the second leg of their AFC Champions League quarterfinals here on Tuesday evening.
The 2-0 scoreline fired up the hope for the home side to come back from a 4-nil deficit at the first leg.
The Brazilian striker dribbled past keeper Yan Junling to break the deadlock in the 21st minute. Then, the 28-year-old headed home a fine cross from Zhang Linpeng in the 34th minute.
Guangzhou almost made it 3-0 before the half time break, only to see Ricardo Goulart narrowly miss the target in the 42nd minute.