Missed Chances As Sky Blues Go Out Of The Champions League.

A first half lead and three good second half chances to extend it wasn’t enough for Sydney FC as they went out of the AFC Champions League following a 3-2 defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

Sydney FC 2 (Le Fondre 41’, Wood 90’+1’) def. by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3 (Kyowon 50’, Iljucenko 67’, Gustavo 79’)

Moments That Mattered: 

REDMAYNE SAVE – 5’ – Kyonwon cuts in from the right and drills a shot low which Redmayne gets down to save.

LE FONDRE GOAL – 41’ – Captain Grant whips in a right wing cross and Le Fondre flicks a perfect header across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

LE FONDRE CHANCE – 47’ – A flicked ball from Ninkovic puts Alfie in and he nudges the ball past the keeper but there’s not enough on it before it’s cleared.

KYOWON GOAL – 50’ – A long ball puts Kyonwon clear and he races forward and slots the ball home.

OFF THE BAR – 56’ – Narsingh crosses the ball which ricochets off the chest of Bokyung and off the bar, before coming back to Talbot who blasts it over from a good scoring position.

NARSINGH SHOT SAVED – 59’ – Caceres picks out Narsingh with a through-ball and he blasts the ball at the chest of the keeper.

ILJUCENKO GOAL – 67’ – A left wing cross is flicked on and finds an unmarked Iljucenko in the six yard box and the striker slots it home.

GUSTAVO GOAL – 79’ – A neat one-two gets Jinsu into a crossing position and he finds Gustavo who taps home.

OFF THE POST – 86’ – Seonmin shoots and sees the ball come back off the post.

WOOD GOAL – 90’+1’ – Wood plays a one-two with Burgess and battles to receive the ball back before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre celebrates having given the Sky Blues the lead.

What They Said: Steve Corica: “We started well and were 1-0 up at half time and everything was going very nicely. 

“They made changes at half time bringing on three subs and changed their formation and we didn’t cope with that.

“It was poor defending for all three goals and that cost us.

“We’d like to finish on a high note with a win against the Vietnamese team, we think it will be a strong crowd with it being a public holiday and put on a good performance.”

Match Report

Sydney FC have taken the lead but wasted three good second half opportunities to put the game to bed as the tiredness of an 11th game in 35 days set in and the K-League Champions came back to win 3-2.

Adam Le Fondre took a poacher’s header from a Rhyan Grant cross to give the Sky Blues the lead and then had another chance after the break when fed through by Milos Ninkovic.

He was unable to nudge the ball over the line however and Kyowon equalized moments later from a long ball played through.

Talbot and Narsingh had great chances to increase the lead but missed them, while the ball also rebounded off the bar from a Korean defender’s interception.

So it was the Koreans who went ahead and extended it after their foreign internationals both got on the scoresheet before the 80th minute.

Sydney FC pulled one goal back in the 90th minute after some good work by Patrick Wood to make it 3-2 but the game was too far gone.

Luciano Narsingh drives at the Jeonbuk defence during the first half.

Sydney FC:  1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 2. James DONACHIE (33. Pat WOOD 83’), 6. Mustafa AMINI (8. Paulo RETRE 67’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC (22. Max BURGESS 67’), 14. Adam LE FONDRE, 16. Luciano NARSINGH (27. Elvis KAMSOBA 67’), 17. Anthony CACERES, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Callum TALBOT, 32. Patrick YAZBEK, 35. Liam MCGING (3. Ben WARLAND 83’).

Unused Subs: 20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 21. Harry VAN DER SAAG, 30. Adam PAVLESIC (GK), 31. Adrian SEGECIC.

Yellow Cards: Talbot 1, Caceres 70’.

Red Cards: None.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors: 1. Lee BUMSOO, 5. Yun YOUNGSUN (97. Kim JINGYU 46’), 6. Choi BOKYUNG, 7. Han KYOWON (9. GUSTAVO 71’), 10. Stanislav ILJUTCENKO, 11. Modou BARROW (27. Moon SEONMIN 65’), 14. Lee SEUNGGI (13. Kim BOKYUNG 46’), 26. Hong JEONGO, 29. Ryu JAEMOON, 33. Park JINSEONG (23. Kim JINSU 46’), 95. Kim MOONHWAN.

Subs: 31. Song BUMKUEN (GK), 4. Park JINSEOB, 15. Ku JARYONG, 16. Lee YOUHYEON, 25. Choi CHULSOON.

Yellow Cards: Jinseong 46’, Jingyu 52’.

Red Cards: None.

Venue: Thong Nhat Stadium.

Referee: AbdulRahman AL-JASSIM (QATAR)