Lee Shenglong’s double header in the second half helped Shanghai SIPG from the back to beat Sydney FC 2-1 at Khalifa International Stadium in Group H in the 2020 AFC Champions League, yesterday..
Shanghai SIPG were close to their opening match against FC Sydney, who played twice and tied on both occasions last season, while Steve Korika’s men had amassed one point from two matches in the competition and were desperate to win to stay in the tournament.. dispute.
Sydney FC came out racing blocks and within five minutes they had their first big break. Paolo Ritteri found the ball on Trent Bohagire on the right side, and passed to Costa Barbarosses, whose goal was at his mercy with the Shanghai SIPG defenders being left chasing the shadows, but the No. 11 Sydney player messed up his lines, wasting an early opener opportunity.
Barbarossa had a chance to make up three minutes later when goalkeeper Thomas Hayward Bell sent a long ball to Bohajer who nodded on Barbaros’ way through showing flawless awareness to find his team-mate with a back pass.. . Buhagiar took it the first time, sending a left-footed effort into the top corner to open the scoring for Sydney FC..
Australian domination of Khalifa International Stadium continued, and just a quarter of an hour later, Shanghai SIPG goalkeeper Shin Wei was defeated again after Alexander Bomjohan’s corner kick was heading towards the goal from Benjamin Warland, but Sydney FC defender saw his defending effort off the post from the post. Before. Retre sent recoil widely.
Shanghai SIPG was forced to wait until 30 minutes had passed for the first real match opportunity when Joe Huan sent a cross to Li, who narrowly missed the header.. .
Sydney FC continued to enjoy the most possession in the first minutes of the second half, and Barbaros nearly doubled his team’s tally 10 minutes into the second half after being set up with a header by Ryan Grant, but the New Zealand international was unable to score the goal.. Vertical his head.
It was Shanghai SIPG of Vitor Pereira who instead hit the net. With 63 minutes on the clock, Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy took advantage of a fast-paced free kick from the right and threw an accurate cross to catch a Sydney FC defense nap, and found Lee who left his place with a free header, leading the leveled home..
Just 11 minutes before the end of the match, Lee appeared in space inside the box again, getting a crossed end from substitute Yu Hai from the left to send a header that bounced off the post, leaving goalkeeper Heward-Belle rooted to the spot..
The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s night turned from bad to worse as he was sent off in overtime for delivering the ball outside the penalty area, leaving Grant to fill sticks as Sydney FC’s team exhausted all substitutions. .
The three points in their first AFC Champions League 2020 match send Shanghai SIPG to second in the group ahead of Sunday’s clash with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.. .
Meanwhile, they leave Sydney FC in the swing as their qualification hopes depend largely on a result against South Korea on Wednesday.. .
Shanghai SIPG F. C. Sydney FC, AFC Champions League, A-League, Aaron Mooy, Li Shenglong
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