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Sky Blues Fall Cruelly To Late Strike


A hearty defensive effort from Sydney FC wasn’t enough as they were defeated 1-0 in the AFC Champions League tonight by Kawasaki Frontale after a late winner from substitute Manabu Saito.

Sky Blues Fall Cruelly To Late Strike

The first half was full of excitement and produced chances for both sides to take the lead heading into the break, as the Sky Blues and Kawasaki pushed forward and looked to bring their creative players into the contest.

Michael Zullo and Milos Ninkovic looked to combine for the Sky Blues first goal of the match but were denied by the home side’s goalkeeper just after the half-hour mark, meaning both sides would go into the sheds without a goal despite opportunities aplenty.

It was all about defence for Sydney FC for the majority of the second half as the home side began to take full control and create a plethora of goalscoring opportunities, but the Sky Blues were more than up to the task and defused all the chances Kawasaki created.

Andrew Redmayne was at his absolute best and continued to deny the home side for the most of the 90 minutes, highlighted by an amazing full-stretch save of Hidemasa Morita’s looped volley just before the hour mark.

Unfortunately the keeper’s efforts were undone in the 83rd minute, as a low shot from Manabu Saito gave Kawasaki Frontale the win after having the weight of possession in the second stanza.

Sydney FC will now travel back to Australia for this Sunday night’s Hyundai A-League clash with Melbourne City at Leichhardt Oval, before returning to AFC Champions League football on the 10th April at Jubilee Stadium.