Jeju United suffered their first ever defeat to Australian opposition as Adelaide United inflicted a 3-1 loss over the K-League side in their Group H AFC Champions League clash at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.
- Jeju United 1 Adelaide United 3
- Jae-Sung opens the scoring
- Cruz levels matters for Jeju
- Scores level at the break
- McGowan puts Reds ahead
- McGree makes it 3-1
- Adelaide move into 2nd
Adelaide United took an early seventh-minute lead through midfielder Kim Jae-Sung which lasted a mere few seconds before Jeju's Mago Cruz found an equaliser.
In the second-half the visitors took the game to the South Korean side and were rewarded with two goals from defender Dylan McGowan and midfielder Riley McGree.
Jeju came into the fixture in second place, three points ahead of the winless Adelaide United – knowing a win would put them in a strong position to qualify out of the group with Jiangsu Suning.
And with the Australian club holding a poor record against K-League side's the home supporters were in full voice, confident of a commanding display at the Jeju World Cup Stadium.
However, the crowd was soon silenced in the seventh minute when Spanish forward Sergio Cirio hit the post, and from the subsequent rebound midfielder Kim Jae-sung smashed home an unstoppable shot beyond the home goalkeeper Lee Chang-Geun.
The Red's lead only lasted a matter of seconds though. Brazilian forward Magno Cruz did well to get on the end of Lee Chang-Min's cross into the area to guide a header beyond the vistors' captain Eugene Galekovic.
There were chances at either end throughout the half but defender Taylor Regan had the pick of the bunch. His close range header and rebound was somehow kept out by Chang-Geun in a frantic period before the break.
In the second half, the home side enjoyed the early possession but failed to capitalise on their momentum going forward. And their lack of cutting-edge was duly punished in the 49th minute when defender Dylan McGowan rose highest to power home Ben Garuccio's corner.
Just after the hour mark, the A. League Champions shocked the hosts with their third of the evening, this time from midfielder Riley McGree.
Manger Guillermo Amor could not hide his delight as he saw striker Baba Diawara neatly play the 18-year-old into space. His initial shot was saved, but the teenager did well to follow up and hand his side a two-goal cushion – with 25 minutes left.
Within the closing stages Hyun-beom blazed an effort way over the post and found Galekovic in supreme form. The Australia international dealt with Jeju's crosses and shots at goal with consummate ease – as the Reds secured their first three points of Group H.
The victory saw Adelaide move ahead of their opposition into second place on goal difference, on four points, while Gamba Osaka drop down to fourth place, after their loss to Jiangsu Suning.