Sydney FC’s lack of firepower following the departure of English striker Adam Le Fondre was exposed on yet another disappointing night of AFC Champions League football for the Sky Blues.
The five-time A-League champions were beaten 1-0 by Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in their Group H clash in Qatar on Wednesday night.
With just one point from four matches, Sydney can again forget about reaching the knockout stages of the continental competition, with their disappointing run of Champions League games without a win stretching to 11.
Their focus must now turn to fixing their problems in attack before the start of the A-League season late next month.
Having let prolific Englishman Le Fondre go on loan to Indian club Mumbai City, Sydney need to sign another goalscorer in a hurry.
FT: Deserving of at least a draw, but it's a frustrating afternoon in Qatar 😔#SydneyIsSkyBlue #ACL2020 #JEOvSYD pic.twitter.com/ZNrw3OJAQX
Despite dominating Jeonbuk for most of the contest, Sydney had nothing to show for the performance.
Attacking pair Trent Buhagiar and Kosta Barbarouses wasted a host of chances, with Buhagiar blowing a golden opportunity in the 71st minute with a weak shot he directed straight at Jeonbuk goalkeeper Song Beom-Keun.
Song had also denied Sydney an equaliser three minutes earlier with a great save to parry an Alex Wilkinson head away to safety.
In contrast, Jeonbuk had few chances but were clinical against the run of play in the 44th minute when they scored the game’s only goal through Na Seong-Hun, whose shot took a slight deflection of Sydney’s Michael Zullo on its way past rookie Sky Blues goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic.
In his senior debut for Sydney, Pavlesic showed great bravery earlier in the half to dive at the feet of Jeonbuk’s Gustavo and foil the Brazilian striker in the 30th minute.
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