Suwon move into box seat for last 16

Suwon Bluewings
(3) Chang Hoon 51’, Jung Jin 58’, Ki Hun 64’
Brisbane Roar (1) DeVere 76’
at Suwon 02 World Cup Stadium, Suwon

Brisbane Roar: Young, Hingert, DeVere, Donachie, Brown, Broich, Brattan, McKay, Borrello, Kaluderovic, Petratos.
Substitutions: Clut for Petratos (62’), Bowles for Donachie (64’), Lustica for Brattan (74’).
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Stefanutto, Sarota, Brady.
Yellow Cards: DeVere, Brown, Bowles, McKay.
Red Cards: Nil.

Suwon Bluewings: Dong Geon, Se-Gye, Sung-Jin, Sang-Min, Beom-Seok, Cha-Won, Jung-Jin, Sang-Ho, Ki-Hun, Te-Se.
Substitutions: Chang-Hoon for Cha-Won (45’), Kaio for Te Se (68’).
Unused Substitutes: Sang-Wook, Jae-Soo, Jei-Min, Leo.
Yellow Cards: Beom-Seok.
Red Cards: Nil.

It’s a case of déjà-vu for Brisbane Roar in the Champions League, with a matchday 4 loss to a South Korean side leaving Brisbane all but ruling Brisbane out of a round of 16 place.

Back in 2012 it was a home loss to Ulsan Hyundai which left Brisbane facing an uphill task in the ACL, and 3 years on it’s a case of history repeating after Brisbane lost 3-1 against Suwon Bluewings.

Second half goals from Kwon Chang-Hoon, Seo Jung-Jin and Yeo Ki-Hun, which arrived in 19 second half minutes were more than enough to cancel out Luke DeVere’s goal 15 minutes from time.

The match started out in a cautious note, with the visiting side having the better of the play in the first half, however  despite having 59% possession they were limited to playing in the back and middle thirds; with the play breaking down when moving into the front third.

Despite not having much ball in the first half, the home side had the better of the chances in the first half, with a header from Jung-Jin forcing a fine save from Brisbane keeper Jamie Young.

The keeper, who has deputised this season for the injured Theo with limited success, then made a mistake which should of opened the scoring.

Young’s sloppy mistake in playing out presented Suwon striker Jong Te Se with a great chance to open the scoring, but the striker who scored on matchday 3 couldn’t repeat the feat.

Brisbane’s best chance of the half arrived right at the end from a corner routine, where Corey Brown had a shot from the edge of the box which went just past the near post.

The home side made a change at half time, with Kwang Chang-Hoon coming on in place of the ineffectual Ko Cha Won, and it took less than six minutes for the substitute to make a telling impact.

After a sloppy mistake from Corey Brown clearing his lines lead to the opening goal for Chang-Hoon, who slalomed into the box beating Brown and Brattan before placing his shot past Young at the far post.

Brisbane did have a good chance to equalise straight after with Brandon Borrello’s effort hitting the side netting after some good lead up work from Broich and Kaluderovic.

Soon after it was 2-0 with winger Jung-Jun –who scored twice on Matchday 3 on the Gold Coast- losing his marker – Brown- before beating Young. The home side then iced the game with a sublime free-kick from Ki-Hun which left Young with no chance in the Roar goal.

Brisbane did get a goal to give them a glimmer of hope 15 minutes from time after Thomas Broich’s free kick found DeVere on the edge of the six yard box, and the defender could hardly miss for his first goal for Brisbane upon his return.

The visitors did have a couple of chances late on, the best of which fell to Thomas Broich, but the German couldn’t beat Dong- Geon with either of his efforts. At the other end substitute Daniel Bowles was lucky not to see red after the referee leniently awarded him a caution for a last man foul which could of seen Brisbane finish with 10 men.

In the end however it was the home side who took a massive step towards the last 16, with Brisbane’s slow start to the second half proving costly. The game was also something of a baptism by fire for Corey Brown who was thrown in at the last minute due to an injury to Shane Stefanutto in the warm up, with the young defender not having his best game in an orange shirt.

Elsewhere on matchday 4, Beijing Guoan’s perfect start to the group came to an end as they could only pick up a point on the road against Urawa. The visitors took the lead through Yu Dabao in the 33rd minute, before the home side restored parity in the 74th minute through Tomoaki Makino.

Beijing defender Lang Zheng will miss the next game however against Brisbane after picking up a red card in the dying stages of the match. Here’s the table after Matchday 4 in Group G.

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Matchday 5
to be played April 21st
Urawa Red Diamonds vs. Suwon Bluewings
Beijing Guoan vs. Brisbane Roar

Despite being just the 3 points behind Suwon, it’s going to be a mammoth task to catch them from here, with the Korean side now owning both the tie-breaker over Brisbane, and a vastly superior goal difference.

In some ways, it’s more logical that Brisbane would actually catch Beijing at this point, with a win on matchday 5 putting them 3 points behind. From there Brisbane would be dependant on also beating Urawa on matchday 6 while simultaneously hoping that Suwon beat Beijing.

The fact of the matter however is that anything less than a win for Brisbane in 2 weeks time over in Beijing and the campaign is over. For Urawa however, the campaign is already over, with their focus surely now turning to the J-League and possibly the Emperor’s Cup.

Up next:
Back to A-League action for the Roar on Saturday night with their final away game of the regular season against Adelaide. Brisbane are offcourse desperately trying to gain back lost ground on Melbourne City, going into the weekend six points behind Melbourne City albeit with a game in hand.

There’s a chance that they may still play finals regardless even if they miss out on catching City, with Perth facing the possibility of being stripped of their competition points should they be found to have breached the salary cap. A decision on that front isn’t expected to be made until early next week.

In the ACL, it’s a two week break before Brisbane play what is essentially the first of two finals away to Beijing Guo’an. In 2012 the Roar went to Beijing on matchday two and came away with a credible 1-1 draw, but this time around if they’re to salvage the campaign nothing less than three points will do. In the other game, Urawa will host Suwon, with the Japanese side already eliminated from contention tonight.

3 Comments on “Suwon move into box seat for last 16”

  1. brisman says:

    Any idea of the crowd as I would like to keep my records straight

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