Makino laments lack of third goal
Shanghai: Tomoaki Makino has bemoaned the fact that Urawa Red Diamonds were unable to register a third goal as the Japanese side let a two-goal half-time lead slip to draw 2-2 with Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Two-time champions Urawa stunned the hosts after just three minutes at Shanghai Stadium when Makino pounced on a goalkeeping error to put his side in front, before Shinzo Koroki doubled their advantage on the half hour with his sixth goal of the campaign.
But Hulk converted from the spot just minutes after the restart following Mauricio Antonio’s foul on Oscar and the Urawa defender was then adjudged to have handled in the box with 20 minutes to play as the Brazilian's second half went from bad to worse.
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Once again, Hulk made no mistake from 12 yards as the Shanghai captain hammered home with authority to leave the tie firmly in the balance ahead of the return meeting at Saitama Stadium in three weeks' time.
“We had a really good first half and were aiming to score the third goal in the second half, but we allowed them to score twice,” said Makino.
“But it was good we scored two as we have away goals so we believe this result is something we can build on in the next game at home.
“These goals can be used as a positive, but we really should have been more aggressive in the search of the third goal.”
Makino, who has appeared in every game in Urawa's 2019 Continental campaign, was on the scoresheet for the first time since an opening-day goal against Thailand’s Buriram United back in early March.
The defender found himself in the right place at the right time to prod home after ‘keeper Yan Junling had fumbled Kazuki Nagasawa’s free-kick from deep, before midfielder Nagasawa then also created Urawa’s second.
While the second half may not have panned out how Urawa would have hoped, the two away goals mean they will start the second leg in the driving seat as they bid to claim an unprecedented third AFC Champions League title.
FULL-TIME | Shanghai SIPG 🇨🇳 2-2 @REDSOFFICIAL 🇯🇵— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) August 27, 2019
⚖ The hosts stage a 2⃣nd half comeback as two penalties from Hulk secure a 2-2 draw in the quarter-final 1⃣st leg to leave this one in the balance 👏#SHAvURA #ACL2019 pic.twitter.com/FumDw9SRQT
“I told Nagasawa to put the ball in that spot and he did just that, so it was an amazing assist from him,” revealed Makino.
“I’m just glad I had the instinct in front of goal to put it into the net. I now think it’s very important that we maintain our attacking style in the next game.
“We must play the second leg without straying away from our normal style of play, but we will also need the support of our fans at home.”
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