Sydney Football Club was unfortunately left with some costly mistakes and the goalkeeper’s brain faded when Aaron Mooy-inspired Shanghai SIPG scored a 2-1 win in Wednesday’s AFC Champions League match in Qatar.
Trent Bohajer’s impressive left-footed shot in the 8th minute gave Sydney early momentum at Khalifa International Stadium.
But two losing chances by Costa Barbarosses, in the fifth and fifty-fifth minutes, kept SIPG in the match.. .
The results were evenly matched when Li Shenglong hit Moi’s powerful cross with a header in the 63rd minute.
And when Shenglong scored again with a header in the 79th minute, Sky Blues trailed 2-1 despite better chances in the match.. .
Sydney’s ordeal was summed up by an internal brain implosion of goalkeeper Thomas Hayward Bell, who received a red card in the 91st minute when he touched the ball more than five meters outside the penalty area.. .
Heward-Belle made up his mind within a fraction of a second after dashing out of the box to stop a long ball – only to realize it would bounce over his head.
His passing meant that defender Ryan Grant had to intervene as a goalkeeper in the last few minutes as Sydney had already made the five substitutions..
Mooy was a central character throughout the match at SIPG, as Socceroo participated in most of his team’s attacks.
The score left Sydney with just one point from three matches, leaving them in an uphill battle to exit the group stage. .
Sky Blues entered the match missing Luke Bratan (hamstring), Andrew Redmayne (impending parenthood), Ryan McGowan (Coronavirus), Anthony Caceres (late arrival) and arrested defender Joel King.
Barbaros was left looking for a hole to hide in when he completely missed his early opportunity at close range with only the goalkeeper in front of him.
However, he made up three minutes later when he provided the assist for Bahajer to score.
Buhagiar made a great call to the bounce ball to send it to the top left corner of the net.
Sky Blues nearly scored a second goal in the 14th minute, but Ben Warland’s header rebounded off the post and Paulo Rittery hit the rebound..
Barbaros missed another sitter in the 55th minute when his attempt came header close to his shoulder instead. .
And Shenglong put in a better effort in the 79th minute when he headed home while diving under pressure.
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