Zullo forced off in Sky Blues draw

22 February 2018 05:39:13 EST
Alex Brosque

Michael Zullo was hurt in Sydney FC's entertaining 2-2 draw at Shanghai Shenhua in the Asian Champions League.

The second-half hamstring problem Zullo suffered in their second ACL clash may rule him out for up to a month.

Left-back Zullo pulled up on 66 minutes as the Sky Blues looked for a second-half winner, with all four goals coming before the break.

We switched off a bit in patches but we could have been a little more clinical tonight.

Alex Brosque

Graham Arnold's side had the best chances in the closing stages to pinch the victory, but at least picked up their first draw of the group stages.

Striker Obafemi Martins put Shanghai in front before replies from Luke Wilkshire and Alex Brosque gave the Sky Blues a 2-1 advantage.

That only lasted for five minutes, though, as Colombia international Fredy Guarin hit back for the Chinese Super League side.

Skipper Brosque was pleased with the response after last week's 2-0 home defeat to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

"We were much better tonight, we moved the ball around a lot more and on another night we might have made it four or five. I think we should have won," he said.

"We switched off a bit in patches but we could have been a little more clinical tonight."

Martins put Shanghai ahead on 26 minutes, finishing off a quick counter-attack, but within two minutes the Sky Blues equalised when Wilkshire converted from close range after Bobo's headed effort.

The visitors quickly grabbed the lead, Adrian Mierzewewski and Milos Ninkovic combining to release Brosque with the captain firing home from just inside the area.

Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne was unlucky for the second Shanghai goal, tipping away a cross but seeing the ball land at the feet of Guarin who slotted home.

Sydney FC are 12121/1 to win the Asian Champions League final.

The Sky Blues are 4/9 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 13/2 with the draw 7/2.

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