Analysis: Goals galore as Shanghai Shenhua and Perth Glory share the spoils in AFC Champions League thriller
Doha: In one of the most captivating games the 2020 AFC Champions League has seen so far, Shanghai Shenhua and Perth Glory delivered a thrilling encounter that saw five second-half goals as the tie ended 3-3.
Two goals up to 3-2 down, Perth appeared to have squandered the opportunity to claim their first-ever AFC Champions League points until Neil Kilkenny dispatched a late penalty to ensure they at least picked up something for their efforts.
For Shenhua, meanwhile, failure to get what would have been a crucial victory means they go into their final Group F game against table-toppers Ulsan Hyundai needing to better FC Tokyo's result against Perth in order to advance to the Round of 16.
The kids are alright: Castro praises Perth Glory youngsters after Shanghai Shenhua draw in AFC Champions League
Doha: Perth Glory captain Diego Castro lauded the impressive development and maturity of the younger members of the A-League side following a rollercoaster 3-3 draw with China PR's Shanghai Shenhua on Monday.
Letting slip a two goal advantage to end up with a point might have most team captains reflect on a tie with disappointment, but Perth icon Castro was in an upbeat mood following the six-goal thriller in Group F.
The reason for the 38-year-old's positivity? The performance of the young tyros in the team, some of whom were not even born when the Spaniard was making his professional debut in his homeland.
Shanghai Shenhua’s Choi lauds determination, laments fouls after AFC Champions League thriller
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua head coach Choi Kang-hee rued his side’s failure to win but praised the grit they showed to avoid defeat in Monday’s exhilarating 3-3 AFC Champions League draw against Perth Glory.
Knowing a win over the already-eliminated Australians would significantly boost their chances of securing a place in the Round of 16, Shenhua fell two goals behind, then scored three of their own in 11 minutes to take the lead in the Group F tie before a late penalty from Neil Kilkenny earned Perth their first point of the tournament.
Shenhua are now level on points with second-placed FC Tokyo and no closer to learning their Round of 16 stage fate, with Thursday’s simultaneous Matchday Six clashes to settle once and for all which team will join group winners Ulsan Hyundai in the next round.
Shanghai Shenhua FC, Perth Glory share points in AFC Champions League thriller
Doha: Shanghai Shenhua missed a chance to boost their 2020 AFC Champions League knockout stage prospects as they were held to a gripping 3-3 draw by already-eliminated Perth Glory on Monday.
A pair of superb free-kicks from Bruno Fornaroli and Carlo Armiento had the Australians in sight of their first ever win the competition, but Shenhua came roaring back with a brace from Givoanni Moreno, and Yu Hanchao then had them ahead in the 73rd minute, before Neil Kilkenny salvaged Perth’s maiden point from the penalty spot.
The result means Choi Kang-hee’s side are level with second-placed FC Tokyo on seven points, with Thursday’s final round of Group F matches to determine who advances.
Seriousness key to AFC Champions League win over FC Seoul, says Beijing FC's Genesio
Doha: Beijing FC’s head coach Bruno Genesio believes his side’s serious approach was key to picking up their fifth win on the bounce in the 2020 AFC Champions League as they beat FC Seoul 3-1 in Group E on Monday.
Goals from Jonathan Viera, Renato Augusto and Zhang Yuning were only replied by Yun Ju-tae’s late strike as the two sides played out an exciting match with plenty of chances at both ends.
Preparation the secret behind Ulsan Hyundai’s late AFC Champions League shows, says Kim
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai head coach Kim Do-hoon has lauded his team’s professional preparation as the key reason for their continuing late heroics at the 2020 AFC Champions League, where they confirmed their progression to the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
The Korea Republic side came from behind to beat FC Tokyo 2-1, installing themselves as guaranteed Group F winners with a game to spare thanks to a spectacular brace from Yoon Bit-garam, who supplied the winning goal with five minutes remaining.
Shanghai SIPG looking to continue AFC Champions League momentum against Sydney FC
Doha: Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Perreira is looking for a continuation of the form which has his side within one win of the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 when they face Australia’s Sydney FC on Tuesday.
The Chinese side stand on the brink of the knockout stage after accruing nine points, with third-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who are five points further back, the only team who can still change the Group H qualification make-up.
Shanghai SIPG have it all to play for at Al Janoub Stadium, but Sydney FC will be competing for pride only after suffering back to back defeats in their two prior outings in Doha, and Pereira is eager to ensure his side don’t fall victim to an upset.