What a specimen. With legs seemingly made of concrete, Hulk can pile-drive the ball home from almost anywhere on the pitch, just as he did against Adrian Mierzejewski’s CSL side at the weekend (do yourself a favour and look up the goal).

But the guy isn’t only power. His skill, precision and finesse make him one of the best players in Asia - a pleasure to have him play on our shores.

In truth, Sydney limited Hulk’s influence as much as humanly possible, but his skill still shone through nonetheless.

The First Half

At the half-time break Mark Bosnich branded the half as the best of the season in both the A-League and the Asian Champions League.

It was a breathless 45 minutes that began with a deflected Siem De Jong goal in just the third minute. Sydney’s unexpected early lead meant that SIPG were forced to come out and play, resulting in an absolute treat for Sydney fans and neutrals alike.

Aided by a beautiful pitch, both sides put on a show and scored two goals each to go into the sheds with the game well and truly in the balance.