2019 AFC Champions League, Group Stage
  • Siem de Jong (3')
  • Adam Le Fondre (32' PEN)
  • Alex Brosque (84')
  • Lu Wenjun (27')
  • Yu Hai (36')
  • Elkeson (89')

Sydney's damaging draw as Elkeson rescues Shanghai SIPG point in Asian Champions League thriller

Sydney FC face a battle to advance from their Asian Champions League group after three times conceding the lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw with China's Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday.

Substitute Alex Brosque looked to have earned the Sky Blues their first win in three games with an 84th minute tap in at Sydney's Jubilee Oval. But former Chelsea star Oscar set up Brazilian compatriot and man of the match Elkeson for an 89th minute equaliser. The result leaves Sydney with two points and bottom of their four-team group with two of their three remaining games away from home.

SIPG, who had lost all three of their previous ACL games in Australia, moved up to four points. Between them, Oscar and fellow Brazilian international and SIPG captain Hulk set up all three of SIPG's goals.

Sydney produced one of their most fluent attacking displays of the season in an action-packed first half that produced four goals. Marquee Siem de Jong put the Sky Blues ahead in the third minute, when his shot deflected off a visiting player.

Oscar gave the home side a warning when he was put through, but his lob over Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne also cleared the crossbar. The Brazilian turned provider in the 27th minute when his left-wing cross was headed in by Lu Wenjun.

Sydney regained the lead when English striker Adam Le Fondre blasted a penalty into the roof of the net after a handball call against He Guan. The lead lasted just five minutes when Hulk's right wing cross was headed home by Yu Hai.

Both sides created other good chances in an exhilarating first half. Le Fondre's shot deflected off teammate Daniel De Silva onto a post and de Jong curled an attempt just wide. At the other end, Redmayne rescued Sydney twice in the last three minutes of the half with fine saves form an Oscar free-kick and an Elkeson shot.

SIPG created the chances early in the second half with Oscar volleying a shot wide and Zhang Wei shooting straight at Redmayne.

Sydney enjoyed a good spell in the middle of the half despite losing left-back Michael Zullo to what looked like a hamstring injury.

Iranian Reza Ghoochannejhad had two attempts saved and was wide with another and substitute Milos Ninkovic put another shot over the bar.

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