Sydney FC earned what could be a vital away goal as they battled to a 1-1 draw against Shandong Luneng in the first leg of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday.
David Carney would strike first for the visitors in the 15th minute after a superb assist by Riley Woodcock at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
The hosts drew level via Diego Tardelli in the second half, sending the home crowd into raptures and keeping hopes of making the quarter-finals alive.
— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) May 18, 2016
Sydney FC earned what could be a vital away goal as they battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday.
Shandong let a golden opportunity slip in the fifth minute when Wu Xinghan was upended by Sydney stopper Vedran Janjetovic and they were awarded a penalty.
But Janjetovic made amends for the error, executing a smart save low to his left to deny Walter Montillo.
The Chinese club were made to pay for the miss, as Carney guided home an accurate cross with his head from the left wing of Woodcock.
Carney had another opportunity ten minutes before halftime, but his effort from outside the penalty area just shaved the left post.
Shandong turned the screws in the second half and captain Li Wei was leading from the front. His powerful effort hit the underside of the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
The home side were finally rewarded for a period of attack when Jucilei headed a corner at the feet of his fellow Brazilian Tardelli, who netted from close range for his fourth goal of the competition.
Shandong continued to up the ante as it became clear Sydney were happy with a draw, but struggled to produce quality opportunities.
In a last gasp effort, Dai Lin fired a booming effort from 35 yards out, that was dealt with comfortably by Janjetovic.