Scolari: Sydney deserved Guangzhou scalp

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted that Sydney FC “deserved” their AFC Champions League win over his side on Wednesday.

Substitute Milos Dimitrijevic hit a dramatic 88th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 win for the A-League outfit, a result which leaves defending champions Guangzhou without a win so far in Group H.

However, Scolari, who saw his side miss from the spot when Vedran Janjetovic saved Ricardo Goulart’s first half penalty, insisted he could have no complaints with the result.

“Tonight Sydney FC deserved to win this match,” he told reporters.

“We found it quite difficult in defence because we always want to attack the opponent and be on the front foot. We have some problems when we have to go back in our positions.

“After the match, I can say the difference between the two teams is that Sydney FC have good quality, they are very strong physically and create a lot of opportunities to score. They are a very good team.”


Sydney coach, Graham Arnold, meanwhile, hailed his side’s discipline and said the result proves the Sky Blues’ status as the best that Australia has to offer.

“[It was] a wonderful night for Sydney FC, the club and the players especially. Our performance tonight was outstanding,” he said.

“Our tactical discipline and our structure was perfect, the boys carried out the game plan very well and I thought we were good for the three points tonight.

“I said to the players, I don’t believe any other team in the country could do what they did tonight against them. Guangzhou were at full strength, they had all their top players here and they came here with intentions to win and we did better than them tonight.”