Asian Champions League: Sydney FC score impressive 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers

Asian Champions League: Sydney FC score impressive 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers

A disciplined Sydney FC have enjoyed one of their greatest nights in the Asian Champions League, scoring a 1-0 away win over South Korean side Pohang Steelers on Wednesday.

Chris Naumoff struck the ball sweetly from the right edge of the six-yard area in the 42nd minute, sweeping home a pass a from George Blackwood.

Sydney's haul of six points is the most they have ever accumulated after three ACL games and they now have successive home games.

It was a first ACL home loss in 13 games and four years for three-time ACL champions Pohang, who hadn't conceded a goal in their first two group matches of this season's competition.

Caught in the middle: Chris Naumoff.

Caught in the middle: Chris Naumoff.

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Sydney coach Graham Arnold made seven changes to the side smashed Wellington last weekend, and the re-jigged lineup up performed admirably.

After conceding three in each of their last two games, Sydney produced a much improved defensive display and survived a late onslaught from a desperate home side.

Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic was rarely troubled, comfortably saving one tame first-half shot and the one time he was beaten, Ali Abbas cleared the ball close to his own line.

The visitors created little in the first half apart from the goal, but looked the more dangerous side in the first 15 minutes after after the break and missed three good chances in a matter of seconds.

Naumoff had one shot blocked by the goalkeeper and a follow up attempt cleared off the line, which fell to Andrew Hoole, who blazed over from close range.

Pohang had plenty of possession in the last half hour, but couldn't get any shots on target despite some late goalmouth flurries.


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