Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the 2011 AFC Champions League took place on Thursday with Asia
Posted 07 December 2010 - 07:33 PM
Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:22 PM
Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:50 AM
The half was an even contest with both sides struggling to really do anything with the ball. Sydney has probably had more of the ball but have struggled to break through the Suwon defense. As a result, Suwon have been able to carve out some decent chances on the counter.
Sydney's captain was harshly sent off when he accidentally stepped on one of Suwon's players. Despite being a man down, Sydney have actually been more dangerous since their captain was sent off. Nicky Carle has been particularly impressive but the club will probably be looking for a point since they are a man down.
Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:59 AM
Despite Suwon having most of the possession in the second half, Sydney managed to hold on for the draw despite being a man down. Both teams looked solid throughout the park apart from having a killer instinct. Both teams didn't really create many chances which could have sealed the game either way.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
Certainly, all game, the team was wide open - left exposed at the back. Khalid Sabeel kept given the ball away cheaply, and was rightly substituted off. He, sometimes, tries a little bit too much from the back, leaving the defence exposed. Subait Khater was the poorest player on the pitch for Al Jazira. Tried way too many "Hollywood" passes for my liking. He, also, kept given the ball away far too cheaply... It's becoming a bad habit.. Diaky, Diaky, Diaky... We need to find a new name for you, tonight, because he was no where near his best. Failed to track back, and looked frustrated for the majority of the game. I was largely disappointed with his attitude. And, lastly, Saleh Obaid, who was a replacement for the injured Abdalha Musa, didn't have the best of games. That is a surprise, considering the vast amount of experience he has. Out of all the players, though, I have to say that he's probably the least to blame because not one player was adding protection in front of him, which was one of the main reasons Sepahan won today.
Braga has to take the blame for leaving the team open. Obviously, the players are the ones that go onto the pitch and control the areas but the tactics that were employed, away from home as well, were the usual Braga-esque AFC Champions League AWAY FROM HOME tactics, where the team is so open that any team in the competition scores a lot of goals against al Jazira. A 4-1-2-1-2 - or should I say a 4-1-3-2 - isn't the right way to to play. It's laughable how many times Sepahan managed to attack down both wings - especially, the right hand side.
I'm disappointed by the final outcome, but Al Jazira still have a point. And, the good thing is that it's only the second game. It's a taster of what to expect. However, it still leaves me thinking as to whether Braga will remain as manager (Albeit all the odds pointing out that he will win the league) because of his inconsistency in the AFC Champions League. If I was a wealthy owner, I'd rather we gained more recognition by winning this competition...
Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:22 AM
Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:16 AM
Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:06 PM
The stage was set for a difficult match for Sydney FC as three of its key players in Carle, Ryall and Williams were going to miss through injury. Despite controlling the ball and passing it around neatly in the first half, Sydney never really created any threatening chances. Tiki-Taka football seems to be the flavour of the month after Brisbane won the A-league playing just that but Sydney FC's attempts were embarrassing to say the least.
The way Sydney FC played the game was as if they were playing a friendly, moving the ball side to side and never trying to penetrate their opponents. Playing their last home game of the ACL and with only 2 points, Sydney needed to be taking the game to the opposition but instead preferred to keep the ball. There was no penetrating runs at the defense or movement for the strikers in order for a midfielder to attempt a through ball. It seemed like the strikers didn't have the confidence in their midfielders ability to put in a through ball.
Kashima started getting into the game after their first goal. Once the game was more even in terms of possession, the balance of the game tipped as Kashima began to effectively use the ball in the final third. Their game plan wasn't to pass the ball from side to side but actually penetrate the Sydney defense and that's exactly what they ended up doing. The first goal game from Takuya through ball to Koroki who turned his defender well to shoot before Nozawa eventually scored the rebound. The important part of this goal was Nozawa's run after a penetrating through ball - something Sydney couldn't do all game.
The second for Kashima was made to look easy after the Sydney defense allowed Nozawa too much space on the wing to give a perfect cross the Brazilian Fellype. Questions have to be asked of what Jurman was doing standing in the centre of the box marking no one. He should have either gone for Nozawa much earlier or marked a man deep in the box. Take a closer look and you'll see 3 Kashima players outnumbering 2 Sydney defenders where the ball was crossed to. The final goal proved that Koroki had confidence in his midfielders after making a beautiful run behind the defense to put the sword into Sydney's ACL campaign.
Questions have to be asked of Lavicka - even in the first season, his player selections were questionable with players McFlynn, Grant and Kisel every on in the season getting starts over a technically superior Gan. In the past A-league season he has shown his lack of ability to change and if he wants Sydney to have a killer instinct at the front, create some strategies and plays at training. We still haven't seen anything of the sort. Ange has spoilt the A-league and it may be time for Lavicka to be let go to find our very own Ange.
Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:32 PM
Watched a match between Kashima and Suwon. Yeom Ki-hun's free kick was great. They could hold 3 pts in their hand, but unlucky. Fair result IMO.
I didn't watch a match between Seoul and Nagoya, which is ended as 0-2. Apparently, Seoul was terrible. Seoul fired the manager who won the K-League championship last year and brought Hwang Bo-kwan and the tragedy has begun. Now, every fans want Hwang quit his job himself. Good work, Seoul. You deserved it.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:19 PM
Which led to......
In fairness though, Suwon don't really have any grounds for a complaint here. If they let the ball roll out of play immediately after the injury, then they would have, but they continued their attack after the players had gone down, and it's hard to make the argument that they simply let the ball go out of play after the fact. It's still a sucker-punch goal by Al Sadd (kinda like Mayweather vs Ortiz, for anyone who follows boxing), but they were well within their rights to do that imo.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:25 PM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:56 PM
Is that what happened? There were a few shoving matches immediately after the goal, but things looked to be calming down before the players started going after each other again.
The fight started because a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked the Al Sadd goalkeeper after they had scored.
No way that fan gets off with anything less than a lifetime ban.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:24 PM
Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:20 AM