Aussie shocker: Stats behind disastrous AFC CL campaign

For just the second time in six years, no A-League team will play in the Asian Champions League knockout stages.

That was confirmed after Adelaide United’s defeat to an understrength Jiangsu Suning, and before Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers’ final group stage clashes.

Massive defeats on matchday two saw Fox Sports Australia pundit Mark Rudan label it “the darkest day in Australian club football,” while Mark Bosnich said the “embarrassing” results would hurt Australia’s football brand around the world.

But just how bad did Western Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide perform in the 2017 competition?

Check out all the harrowing statistics below:

Australian Teams in the 2017 AFC Champions League.

2015 (Western Sydney & Brisbane) was the most recent time that there was no Australian team qualify for the knockout stages.

However this year and 2015 are the only times in the past six years that Australia has failed to have a team qualify for the knockout stage.

Western Sydney lost four out of their six Group Stage matches, joining the Mariners (2009, 2014) and Victory (2010) as the only sides to lose four matches in the Group Stage.



The 20 goals conceded by Western Sydney prior to Matchday 6 was already the most for an Australian team in the Group Stage of the AFC Champions League.

The fewest goals scored by an Australian team in the six Group Stage matches is three; Melbourne Victory in the 2010 Group Stage.

Australian teams have lost by a 3+ goal margin on 18 occasions in the AFC Champions League.

Eight of these 17 losses have come this year.

Australian teams have lost by 4+ goal margin on nine occasions.

Four of these nine have losses have come this year.

One of three matches with five goal losing margins occurred with the Wanderers 6-1 loss to Urawa Red Diamonds; and Brisbane equalled the worst ever loss for an Australian side with their 6-0 loss to Ulsan Hyundai.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Tony Popovic was not happy.

Western Sydney’s 6-1 loss to Urawa Red Diamonds was their biggest ever loss and most goals conceded in any competition.

In their previous campaigns they managed 12 points (2014) and eight points (2015).

They finished with their lowest Group Stage points total this year (six points).

They have scored 11 (2014) and nine (2015) goals in their two Group Stages. They scored 10 goals this year.

Western Sydney kept at least one clean sheet in their two previous campaigns, they didn’t do so this year.

BRISBANE ROAR

And neither was John Aloisi.

Brisbane’s 6-0 loss to Ulsan Hyundai was their biggest ever loss and most goals conceded in any competition.

In their two previous Group Stage campaigns they have managed 3 points (2012) and seven points (2015). This time they finished on four points.

16 goals conceded is the most in the Group Stage for Brisbane.

ADELAIDE UNITED

Adelaide conceded 13 goals in six games.

Finished the Group Stage on just five points, their lowest total from their five Group Stage campaigns.

Adelaide’s 11 goals scored are the most they have ever scored in a Group Stage.

The 13 goals Adelaide conceded are their most in a Group Stage campaign.

This was the first time that Adelaide failed to keep at least one clean sheet in a Group Stage campaign.

This story originally appeared on FOX Sports Australia.

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