Sydney FC Slip In First Champions League Outing



Sydney FC 0 def. by Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 (Damjanovic 62’, 75’)

Sydney FC have gone down in their first AFC Champions League game against Korean powerhouse Suwon Bluewings at Allianz Stadium.

Suwon notched two second half goals including a penalty after Brandon O’Neill was adjudged to have handled in the area.

Montenegrin Dejan Damjanovic scored both goals as the Sky Blues look forward to next week’s second game away to Shanghai Shenhua in China.


What They Said

Graham Arnold: “Our opposition were definitely a step up in class tonight and you have to give credit to Suwon.

“This is the Champions League so we are playing against the best sides in Asia but we’ll learn from it and we’ll have a good rest and recovery and be ready for Shanghai next Wednesday night.”



62′ DAMJANOVIC GOAL – Damjanovic puts the visitors in the lead as he fires in low on the turn from distance.

75’ DAMJANOVIC PENALTY GOAL – A penalty is awarded to Bluewings after O’Neill is adjudged to have handled in the box and Dejan steps up to slot home.


Key Moments

31’ BROSQUE CHANCE – Positive run from Ninkovic into the box lays the ball off to Mierzejewski who finds Brosque on the edge of the box but the skipper miscues his shot.

35’ KI JE CHANCE – A Ki Hun through ball finds Ki Je in space but he blazes over when bearing down on goal.

45’ DA SILVA CHANCE –  A ball across the box finds its way to Da Silva who’s shot takes a deflection off the Zullo before finding its way into the hands of Redmayne.

73’ ZULLO TACKLE ON THE LINE – Ki Hun fires across goal but the ball is deflected and falls to Waguininho at the back post with an open goal but he hesitates and Zullo is in quickly to clear.

74’ GREAT SAVE REDMAYNE – The ball is headed back into the box to Dejan who turned and hits it first time but Redmayne puts out a hand to save.


Team News

Sydney FC 0 def. by Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 (Damjanovic 62’, 75’)

Ground: Sydney Football Stadium

Attendance: 6,349

Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan (UAE)

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2. Aaron CALVER, 4. Alex WILKINSON, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE (17. David CARNEY 68’), 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. BOBÔ (18. Matt SIMON 70’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 11. Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI, 13. Brandon O’NEILL, 14. Alex BROSQUE (c) (21. Charles LOKOLINGOY 84’), 26. Luke WILKSHIRE.

Subs Not Used: 20. Alex CISAK (gk), 3. Ben WARLAND, 8. Paulo RETRE, 16. Anthony KALIK.

Yellow Cards: O’Neill 16’, Brillante 29’.

Red Cards: None.

Suwon Bluewings:  21. No DONG GEON (gk), 5. Jo SUNGJIN, 7. WAGUININHO, 10. Dejan DAMJANOVIC, 12. Cristovam DA SILVA, 16. Lee JONG SUNG, 20. Kwak KWANGSUN (15. Ku JARYONG 86’), 23. Lee KIJW, 25. Choi SUNGGUEN, 26. Yeom KIHUN (c) (11. Lim SANGHYUB 83’), 77. Cho JI HUN (8. Cho WON HEE 63’).

Subs Not Used: 31. Kim SUNWOO (gk), 13. Park HYUNGJIN, 15. Ku JARYONG, 17. Kim JONGWOO, 99. Jeon SEJIN.

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None.


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