Sky Blues exit Asian Champions League

18 April 2018 05:13:48 EST

Sydney FC are out of the Asian Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Shanghai Shenhua.

Graham Arnold's side finished the campaign in third spot in Group H, having failed to win any of their three home games.

They dominated the clash with the Chinese Super League side, having 22 shots on goal, but couldn't find a way through.

The Sky Blues needed to beat Shanghai and also hope Kashima Antlers beat Suwon Bluewings in the night's other group clash.

But as it was, even a victory for Sydney wouldn't have been enough as Suwon claimed a 1-0 victory in Japan.

It's the champion sides in Asia; the standard is increasing rapidly.

Graham Arnold

Arnold said: "We had enough chances to win three or four matches but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"It's been a great experience playing in the Asian Champions League, we've learnt some lessons and we'll dust ourselves off in preparation for rounds 28 and 29."

The coach added: "It's called Champions League for a reason; it's the champion sides in Asia; the standard is increasing rapidly."

Shanghai, without a win from their five previous games, were already out of contention to qualify but had been no easy-beats - this was their fifth draw.

Keeper Qiu Shengjiong made a fine save to deny Bobo early on, after Adrian Mierzejewski had supplied a superb through-ball.

The Polish ace was then narrowly off-target with a volley before Luke Wilkshire went close on 27 minutes.

Josh Brillante fired wide just after the hour mark from 20 yards, and Mierzejewski almost immediately chipped an effort off-target.

A Mierzejewski cross gave substitute David Carney a chance but he couldn't direct his header on target, and the Sky Blues saw their final chance go begging when Mierzejewski's 80th-minute effort was saved by Qiu.

Sydney FC are 12121/1 to win the A-League Grand Final.

The Sky Blues are 17/10 to be in the Grand Final with Newcastle Jets.

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