EbeneInfo – AU – Li Shenglong stars in Shanghai win Sydney


A double from Li Shenglong’s second-half header helped Shanghai SIPG come from behind to beat Sydney FC 2-1 at Khalifa International Stadium in Champions League Group H AFC 2020 yesterday
Shanghai SIPG started their opener against a twice-played and twice-drawn FC Sydney side last season, while Steve Corica’s side picked up a point from two matches in the competition and desperately needed a win to stay restraint
Sydney FC came out in the blocks race and in five minutes they had their first big break A ball from Paulo Retre found Trent Buhagiar free on the right flank and he defended Kosta Barbarouses who had the goal at his mercy with the defenders Shanghai SIPG chasing shadows, but Sydney FC number 11 chomped on his lines, wasting the chance for an early opening
Barbarouses had the chance to make amends three minutes later when goalkeeper Thomas Heward-Belle sent a long ball to Buhagiar who nodded him into the path of Barbarouses who displayed a impeccable conscience to find his teammate with the return pass Buhagiar took it for the first time, sending a left-footed effort into the top corner to open the scoring for Sydney FC
Australia’s dominance at Khalifa International Stadium continued and just before the quarter hour, Shanghai SIPG goalkeeper Chen Wei was beaten again as an Alexander Baumjohann corner was directed towards goal by Benjamin Warland, but the Sydney FC defender watched his effort cannon on the front post Retre sent the bounce wide
Shanghai SIPG had to wait 30 minutes to get their first real chance of the match when Gu Huan crossed for Li whose header narrowly missed the target.
Sydney FC continued to enjoy most of the possession in the opening minutes of the second half and Barbarouses nearly doubled their team’s total 10 minutes after the restart after being put in by a Rhyan Grant header, but the New Zealand international couldn’t find the target with his header at close range
It was Vitor Perreira’s Shanghai SIPG who found the back of the net instead With 63 minutes on the clock, Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy took advantage of a free kick quickly taken to the right and delivered a precise cross catching the Sydney FC defense nap and finding Li who was left to pick his spot with a free head, bringing the leveler home
With just 11 minutes to go, Li reappeared in space inside the penalty area, securing a whipped cross from substitute Yu Hai at the end of the left to send a diving header vertically, leaving Guardian Heward-Belle rooted to the spot
The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s night went from bad to worse as he was later sent off for handing the ball back outside the box, leaving Grant to fill in between the sticks as Sydney FC had already exhausted all of his substitutions
Three points from their first AFC 2020 Champions League game put Shanghai SIPG in second in the group ahead of Sunday’s clash with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Sydney FC, meanwhile, falter with qualifying hopes largely dependent on securing a result against South Korea on Wednesday

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EbeneInfo – AU – Li Shenglong plays in Shanghai on Sydney

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