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The AFC Champions League series in Sydney increased to 10 players on Thursday after Li Shenglong helped the second half double restore Shanghai SIPG from trailing with a goal to claim a 2-1 win in the Group H match.. .
Sky Blues had arrived in Qatar hoping to finish a nine-game series without a win, but instead found themselves at the tail end of their group after suffering a second defeat in three matches of this year’s tournament. .
Before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the organizers to halt the tournament in February, Sydney had lost to Yokohama F.. . Marinos and a draw with Jeonbuk Motors, Thursday’s defeat left them in an uphill battle for survival in a very tough group..
On the other hand, Shanghai SIPG was only playing their first game, which would definitely give them confidence, as they imitated their city rivals Shanghai Shenhua who also played for Australian side, Perth Glory, by a similar margin on Wednesday in Group F.. .
SIPG has reached the knockout stage of the tournament in all its previous five matches and has never shown a lack of confidence despite being late in the first half against Sydney at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. .
It was Sydney who held sway in the first moments as Costa Barbarosses missed a valuable opportunity to score in the fifth minute after a pass by Trent Bohagear. .
But Barbaros made adjustments in the eighth minute, paving the way for Bahjyar to score with a left-footed shot with a superb pass after a long ball from goalkeeper Thomas Howard Bell. .
The Australians were supposed to consolidate their position after a few minutes from a corner kick but Benjamin Warland’s header hit the post and Paolo Ritter sent the rebound off target..
Sydney continued to hold the lead in the second half but failed to consolidate their lead, Barbaros missed a header from the close in the 55th. .
SIPG finally equalized in the 63rd minute thanks to an excellent cross from Aaron Mooy and found Sydney’s defense at the wrong foot which allowed me to score with a header. .
In the 79th minute, Lee was in the thick of the action again, his low header bumped from a cross from Yoo Hai at the post before he entered it, leaving Hayward Bell confused..
There was more pain for the goalkeeper as he was sent off during extra time for holding the ball outside the penalty area, capping another forgotten game for Sydney, who will meet Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors next Wednesday..
Sydney FC, Shanghai SIPG F. C. , AFC Champions League, A-League, Aaron Moi, Lee Shenglong
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