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Sydney FC needed to win to keep their faint Asian Champions League hopes alive - and they did it in style winning 1-4 against second-place Suwon Bluewings.

The opening goal from Milos Ninkovic came against the run of play in the 23rd minute, thanks to a well-placed ball from Adrian Mierzejewski and was answered one minute late by Suwon's Dejan Damanjovic, his fourth goal of the ACL campaign.  

Another defensive lapse from Suwon led to Sydney FC's second goal from Alex Brosque in the 31st minute, once again on the end of a pinpoint free kick from man-of-the-match Mierzejewski, handing Sydney FC a 1-2 lead at the break. 

Suwon came out strongly in the second half but, as is often the case in the Asian Champions League, despite dominating possession they couldn’t find a way through Sydney’s defence. Sydney FC scored their third goal via a quick counter-attack, once again featuring Mierzejewski in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The under-pressure Bobo put the icing on the cake with the fourth goal in stoppage time. 

The win lifts Sydney FC to third in their group - by no means a good position, but a better position to fulfill their ambition to go 'all the way', or at least get out of the group stage. They face last-placed Shanghai Shenhua in Sydney in two weeks time, while leaders Kashima Antlers face Suwon Bluewings at home. In the earlier fixture, Shanghai Shenhua and Sydney FC drew 2-2 in Shanghai. 

Sydney FC need to win, and win by a decent margin, as a draw between Kashima and Suwon would be enough to send them through unless Sydney FC's goal difference improves. 

 PointsGD
Kashima Antlers93
Suwon Bluewings70
Sydney FC5-1
Shanghai Shenhua4-2

Graham Arnold was his usual confident self after the win. 

“Tonight was a great performance and we look forward to playing our last game against Shanghai at home. The most important thing is to get the tactics right and to make sure our players are fresh.

“We feel we are up there with any team in the Asian Champions League and we will look to get the same result in our last group game.”

Sydney FC 4 (Ninkovic 23’, Brosque 31’, Mierzejewski 79’, Bobô 90+1’) def. Suwon Bluewings 1 (Damjanovic 24’)

Attendance:  3,756


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