Sydney get the points from Steelers

Sydney FC beat South Korean side Pohang Steelers 1-0 in their Group H match of the FC Champions League played at Pohang Steelyard on Wednesday.

In the group standings, Sydney FC are top on six points followed by the Steelers on four along with Japan’s Urawa Reds. China’s Guangzhou Evergrande have two points.

Early in the first half, the visitors came close when George Blackwood headed a corner wide in the 15th minute.

The home side had a chance when a free-kick by Moon Chang-jin hit the Sydney wall, and a bit later goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic saved a header by Shim Dong-woon.

In the 30th minute, Kim Dae-ho nearly got on the score sheet when he crossed the ball from the left and the ball went over keeper Janjetovic only to be stopped from going in by Ali Abbas.

Sydney took the lead in the 42nd minute when Blackwood passed the ball and it fell kindly at the feet of Chris Naumoff at the far post and he got the ball past keeper Shin Hwa-yong to hand his side the 1-0 lead.

Sydney should have gone further ahead early in the second half as Simon found Naumoff, who passed the ball into the area to Andrew Hoole, but his shot flew over the bar from close.

With six minutes remaining Yang Dong-hyun had a chance to equalise, but he kicked his low shot from outside the area, well wide.

Both Pohang captain Hwang Ji-soo and Shim shot wide later in the game as well as Sydney hung on for the all-important win.