Shanghai: Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre insisted his overriding emotion was one of disappointment despite picking up what could be a valuable point in a 2-2 draw at Shanghai SIPG on Matchday Four of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
The Englishman equalised after two quickfire SIPG goals had put the Chinese side in front, following Brandon O’Neill’s first-half opener for Sydney. But neither team could find the winner, leaving SIPG two points above the Australian side in Group H.
“We’re disappointed to get the draw and I think we were good value to get the win,” said Le Fondre. “We were pushing all the way and were the team in the ascendancy come the end of the game. We were really disappointed when the full-time whistle went.”
Group H: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 2-2 Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR)
Kawasaki: A late equaliser revived Kawasaki Frontale’s fading hopes of progress to the last 16 as they drew 2-2 at home to Ulsan Hyundai on Matchday Four of 2019 AFC Champions League Group H.
It took just eight minutes for the home side to take the lead as Ulsan conceded for the first time in this year’s tournament. Following a corner, the ball broke to Ryota Oshima at the edge of the Ulsan box.
Oshima played the perfect pass through a crowd of bodies and found Yu Kobayashi, who rifled home from an angle.
But 10 minutes later, Ulsan equalised against the run of play when Sin Jin-ho’s corner from the left dropped for Park Yong-woo to direct home from close range at the far post.
Group F: Melbourne Victory (AUS) 1-1 Guangzhou Evergrande FC (CHN)
Melbourne: Australia's Melbourne Victory picked up their first point in their 2019 AFC Champions League Group F campaign after coming back from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw with Guangzhou Evergrande of China PR on Tuesday.
With their hopes of progressing from Group F all but extinguished after their 4-0 loss to Guangzhou on Matchday Three, Kevin Muscat made eight changes to his starting 11 from their A-League game last Friday.
Group F: Daegu FC (KOR) 0-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (JPN)
Daegu: Hayato Araki was the hero of the night as his first half effort sent Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima to the top of Group F of the 2019 AFC Champions League after beating Daegu FC of Korea Republic 1-0 on Tuesday.
After losing their opening match of the campaign to Guangzhou Evergrande, the Japanese side responded well with back-to-back wins, including a 2-0 win over Daegu on Matchday Three.
Hiroshi Jofuku’s side rode their luck early, however, as the home side had the better of the early chances as Cesinha and then Edgar spurned good chances to open the lead for the Korea Republic side.
Doha: Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira insists there is plenty of work to do in order to qualify for the 2019 AFC Champions League last 16 after the Qatari side secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor on Monday.
Xavi scored his second free-kick – and third goal – in two games as Al Sadd took an early lead at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium before Egor Krimets leveled proceedings as the sides went in level at the interval.
But with the clock ticking down, Baghdad Bounedjah capitalised on a defensive error before slotting home to seal all three points as the 2018 semi-finalists moved to the top of the Group D standings.
Tashkent: Al Ittihad coach José Luis Sierra was satisfied to return to Saudi Arabia with a point after Monday's 1-1 draw in Uzbekistan, despite the side spurning several opportunities.
Joint leading scorers in this year's AFC Champions League after Monday's Matchday Four fixtures, Jeddah side Al Ittihad could feel somewhat disappointed with the solitary goal to show for their 20 shots registered against PFC Lokomotiv.
Romarinho's 12th minute opener gave hope for a third win in four Continental ties, but Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov restored parity for the hosts nine minutes before half-time and, despite, a barrage of efforts on goal from both sides the score remained 1-1 at full-time.