Time for another soccer report describing an Australian side’s pulling off an upset to keep hope afloat in the Asians Champions League.
Although it would be nice to see the opposite scenario taking place, one where Aussie soccer players were seriously out-kicking opponents, any good news is welcome.
The latest concerns the Brisbane Roar and their 2 – 1 upset of Japanese monster Kashima Antlers at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. About the only thing in the Roar’s favour going into the match was home ground advantage, but with the upset win, the Roar can sustain their bid to make it into the knockout stages.
When the two sides met in Japan last month, it was a lopsided 3 – 0 loss experienced by the Roar. To this stage, the Brisbaners had picked up one solitary point from their three opening matches in Group E.
Goals by Jamie Maclaren and Bret Holman give the hosts a 2 – 0 advantage that held up until late in the game until Antlers’ sub Ryota Nagaki put one in with 11 minutes remaining.
Mcclaren’s goal came 18 minutes in. It was his first in ACL competition and the Roar’s first in their Group.
Points are at a premium at this stage in the competition, and the Roar trails leading Kashima but just two.
For Mcclaren, the prolific A-Leaguer might have attracted the attention of Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou, who spurned Mcclaren for last month’s World Cup qualifiers in Iraq and UAE.