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Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League

2019-3-7

Sydney FC have secured their first point of the 2019 AFC Champions League with a dominating draw in blustery conditions against Ulsan Hyundai FC, at Jubilee Stadium.

Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League
(Photo by Jaime Castaneda)

Sydney FC have drawn 0-0 with Ulsan Hyundai FC in the opening match of their AFC Champions League campaign, but despite dominating the game for large parts they were unable to find the net.

The Ghoochannejhad-Le Fondre partnership continued to shine in the opening half and the latter was at his very best, relentlessly pushing forward and creating two goalscoring opportunities for himself as a result.

Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League
(Photo by Jaime Castaneda)

Milos Ninkovic also put a shot wide with less than ten minutes before the break, as the Sky Blues entered half time in positive fashion.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Sydney FC continuing to control possession and looking the more likely of the two sides to come away with a goal.

Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League
(Photo by Jaime Castaneda)

It proved to be a game of inches with the home side camped in the Korean’s half, thanks in part to strong winds, but they were unable to find that finish touch which would have given them an impressive win.

Sydney FC will travel away to play their second match of the group stages against Kawasaki Frontale next Wednesday night, before returning home for a Hyundai A-League clash against Melbourne City at Leichhardt Oval on March 17.

Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League
(Photo by Jaime Castaneda)

What They Said:

Head Coach Steve Corica: “In the end it was probably two points that got away, but I thought the performance was very strong and defensively we were very strong. I think they only had the one shot on target and other than that we pretty much covered all bases. With the ball I thought it was one of our best performances and the only thing lacking was a goal.

“I thought we were very dominant and the best team out there today. They were just happy with the draw and we put them under pressure. With that wind they couldn’t really get out.

“In that final third we couldn’t grab the goal but I thought we were outstanding tonight.

“We were compact at the start but we had a plan and they did that very well tonight. With that wind in the second half against their keeper they couldn’t get out, so we had to press and the more we did that, the better it was for us.”

“I thought we did Australia proud tonight.”

Sydney FC Off The Mark In The AFC Champions League
(Photo by Jaime Castaneda)