Sydney stunned by 10-man Jeonbuk in virus-hit AFC Champions League
Sydney: Sydney FC ended a three-game goal drought but failed to secure a first home AFC Champions League win in four years Wednesday as 10-man Jeonbuk Motors snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw.
The Group H clash at Jubilee Stadium was only the second fixture this week to survive the havoc caused to Asia’s top club competition by the coronavirus which saw 14 group stage matches postponed.
The game sprung to life five minutes after half-time when the South Korean two-time former continental champions took the lead as Luke Brattan poked an attempted clearance into his own net. The Australian side levelled six minutes later when Trent Buhagiar finished coolly inside the near post after a mazy run.
And it looked as if they had sealed their first home win since beating South Korea’s Pohang Steelers in the 2016 group stages with a controversial penalty 15 minutes from time.
Choi Bo-kyung was ruled to have handled, though the ball appeared to strike the defender’s ribs on the ground as he attempted to block a goalbound shot.
Choi’s agony was compounded as he was shown a red card and Adam Le Fondre smacked home from the spot for a 2-1 lead.
It was the ill-disciplined Jeonbuk’s third red card in two Champions League outings, having been reduced to nine men in their 2-1 home defeat to Yokohama last month.
Jeonbuk’s Portuguese manager Jose Morais threw on striker Murilo Henrique in search of an equaliser with seven minutes to go and the bold move paid off.
The Brazilian rattled the post with a rasping right-foot shot in the 89th minute and Cho Gue-sung gratefully slotted home the rebound to secure a share of the points. – AFP