Former Everton, Sunderland and Portsmouth men score in AFC Champions League action

Gyan And Sunderland

Segundo Castillo, Asamoah Gyan and Nadir Belhadj were all on target in continental action yesterday.

While the UEFA Champions League may not be going the way of the Premier League sides at the moment - the AFC Champions League certainly conjured up a good day for former Premier League players yesterday.

We have already bought you the special strikes from Lee Dong-Gook for Jeonbuk Motors and the spectacular curling free-kick of Alessandro Diamanti today.

The former Middlesbrough flop, who never scored a league for the Teesiders, hit a spectacular finish against Melbourne Victory - his second of the game. Meanwhile the former Hammers cult hero scored a beauty for Guangzhou Evergrande of China against Yokohama F. Marinos.

But there were other examples of ex-Premier League players scoring goals in the AFC Champions League yesterday - just not as spectacular goals.

First up, and this one you could have guessed, as Asamoah Gyan scored for Al-Ain in their game against Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, Gyan’s 77th goal in his 74th appearance for the UAE side was not enough - and two goals from Mukhtar Fallatah saw the Saudi side come away with a 2-1 win.

But here is the former Sunderland man’s headed goal anyway…

Another former Premier League player who was heading in from a corner yesterday was the ex-Everton midfielder Segundo Castillo. The Ecuadorean spent one season on loan at the club from Red Star Belgrade in 2008-09 before spending spells at Wolves, back in his homeland with Deportivo and in Mexico with Pachuca and Puebla.

Nowadays he plays for Saudi side Al-Hilal - and was on the scoresheet against Iranian outfit Sepahan in a 3-2 defeat.

And last but not least - it is quite hard to believe now, when you see that Portsmouth are five points off of relegation from the Football League, but former Algerian international Nadir Belhadj played for the side in the Premier League between 2008 and 2010.

He now plays for Qatari outfit Al-Sadd - and hit this speculative effort from outside the box in a 1-1 draw against Al-Ahli of UAE.

All in all a very good day at the office for these former Premier League players - even if the results for their teams did not go quite to plan.

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