10 man Beijing beat Brisbane in ACL opener.Posted: February 26, 2015
Brisbane: Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Stefanutto, Sarota, Brattan, McKay, Borrello, Broich, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions: Henrique for Sarota (61’), Petratos for Borrello (77’)
Unused Substitutes: Young, Brown, Lustica, Donachie, Brady.
Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.
Beijing: Sen, Zheng, Ting, Yunlong, Hejing, Batalla, Chengdong, Xiaobin, Cheng, Fejzullahu, Damjanovic.
Substitutions: Yunqui for Cheng (82’), Dabao for Yunlong (85’), Jiayi for Batalla (90’).
Unused subs: Xiaotian, Lei, Xiaotian, Bouxan, Zhizhao.
Yellow Cards: Ting, Xiaobin.
Red Cards: Fejzullahu.
Brisbane have made a losing start to their 2015 Asian Champions League campaign after an injury time deflected free kick was enough to give the visitors the win.
Shao Jiayi, who had only just come on as a substitute, stepped up to take a free-kick just on the edge of the 18 yard box, and after it took a huge deflection off Kaluderovic it nestled in the back of the net.
Brisbane started the game in a positive fashion, controlling the possession and territory early, but they struggled to create the chances to go with their play.
Brisbane’s chances received a huge boost just shy of the half hour mark when Beijing’s Bosnian striker Emir Fejzullahu was sent off for stomping on Adam Sarota.
Following the send off Brisbane had a pair of good chances with Adam Sarota and Thomas Broich blazing over. They also had a penalty shout turned down when the referee refused to award after some holding in the penalty area.
Despite the introduction of Henrique playing further forward in place of Sarota, Brisbane still couldn’t break the visitors down in the second half, with the best chance falling to Andrija whose header went past the post.
It was then Andrija who was the unlucky man to deflect the ball into the net from a Shao Jiayi free-kick which gifted the visitors an unlikely win.
The games final chance arrived right at the death when Matt McKay’s shot went just over the bar via a deflection.
The truth of the matter is however, despite all of the possession Brisbane had, they just didn’t do enough in order to win the game.
Despite controlling the game for the most part, even before the send off, they just didn’t move the ball quickly enough to create the opportunities to break down what was a strong Beijing backline.
All of this makes it 8 straight games in the Champions League without a win, and the Roar now face an uphill task to get a first ever win in the competition, let alone out of the group.
In the groups other game last night, South Korean side Suwon Bluewings defeated Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1.
In next weeks Matchday 2 fixtures, Brisbane head to Japan to face the Reds in a game that neither side can afford to lose, while Beijing host Suwon in a game that could go a long way to securing either sides spot in the last 16.
Before all that however, attention returns to the A-League action with a trip west to take on Perth on Saturday night in the start of a massive road trip which includes that trip to Japan.