Photos: Paulinho leads Guangzhou to victory against Bayern Munich


Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho helped his new side beat Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly.

Just weeks after clinching his transfer away from Tottenham, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has won a trophy.

He played the full game as new side Guangzhou Evergrande pulled off a shock by beating Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in a pre-season game.

As is often the way with pre-season matches, the victory was enough for a trophy to be awarded the Audi Cup.

The game was not the most entertaining, a 0-0 draw, and only livened up when it went to a penalty shootout.

Paulinho stepped up and took Guangzhou's first and scored, with the Chinese side winning 5-4 on penalties.

It is not the first time Bayern have struggled in shootouts, suffering a Champions League defeats on spot kick in the 2012 final, a costly loss for Tottenham as it turned out, as the win for Chelsea landed them the last remaining qualifying spot for the competition next season.

Paulinho made his debut for Guangzhou, bossed by Felipe Scolari, earlier in July, and his display was enough to suggest he is settling in well.

Tottenham were still right to sell, right?

Make no mistake, this was just a pre-season friendly and despite the trophy presentation and further spot kick agony, Pep Guardiola's side won't be losing much sleep over it.

Paulinho struggled across two entire seasons at Tottenham, and had his chance to prove a point, and Spurs have moved on.

Along with Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli, Spurs are moving forward with talented youngsters like Dele Alli, and keeping the former Corinthians star would have been of little benefit for player or club.

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