Damjanovic winner sends Suwon through at Sydney’s expense

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Suwon Samsung Bluewings are through to the AFC Champions League Round of 16 after beating Kashima Antlers 1-0 at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.

The only goal of the game arrived a minute after the half-hour, when Dejan Damjanovic instinctively stuck a foot out after Waguininho had curled a freekick around the wall to diver the ball into the back of the net.

The win meant that the Bluewings overtook their opponents to finish top of Group H and set up a Round of 16 clash with fellow K-League 1 outfit Ulsan Hyundai, while Kashima will now face a daunting test against Shanghai SIPG.

Meanwhile, the other Group H clash saw Sydney FC sign off on a disappointing note as they were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom side Shanghai Shenhua, despite completely dominating throughout the 90 minutes.

Sydney initially had a glimmer of hope of advancing to the knockout round, although they will now have to wait till 2019 for their next attempt.