The Flames. 【One Goal lost to Ulsan Hyundai】Pereira: Satisfied with the player's fighting spirit, believe that the team has the strength to qualify for the second round



The second round of Group H of the ACL Group starts tonight. Shanghai SIPG lost to Ulsan Hyundai by 0:1 in away match.


At the same group Kawasaki Frontale held down Sydney FC in 1:0 in home match, after two rounds, Shanghai SIPG temporarily ranked second in the group with 3 points.


Wang Shengchao is back, The style of three-center defense system remains unchanged



In this match, two main player of Shanghai SIPG, He Guan and Shi Ke, continued to be injured, head coach Pereira continued to use the three center half backs combination from CSL league last weekend, and arranged Wang Shengchao, who recovered from injury, to play right-wing position. Lyu Wenjun was changed to the left position. In midfield, Uzbekistan's Akhmedov replaced the injured player Cai Huikang, and Lin Chuangyi continued to appear in the starting line-up. On the line of attack, the Brazilian trident combination of Oscar, Elkeson and Hulk remains the same.

Fight for full 90 minutes, The corner kick led to a lost


In the first half, Shanghai SIPG was mainly stable, responding to Ulsan Hyundai with a balanced attack and defend structure; the home team also played cautiously, so neither side had any good shooting opportunities. At the end of half-time, the score was temporarily 0:0.


The second half was still intense and the deadlock was broken in the second half. Ulsan Hyundai headed home in the 66’ minute for a corner kick by Brazilian center FW Junior, who came on as a substitute.

In order to improve the attack, head coach Pereira made personnel and tactical adjustments, replaced Li Shenglong and Zhang Yi, and changed the formation to 433. The team made every effort to fight back in the remaining matches and created many chances, but unfortunately it failed to turn into the final goal.

Finally, Shanghai SIPG lost one goal to opponent in away match.

The third round of the ACL group tournament will be held on April 10, when the Shanghai SIPG will play away against the Australian team Sydney FC.

 After The Match Pereira

Satisfy with everyone’s Efforts


Despite losing the match, Shanghai SIPG head coach Pereira confirm the players' efforts in the match. "It was a wonderful match, and I am satisfied with the team's performance. Everyone plays very hard. The whole team is running, fighting and creating scoring opportunities. And when we fell behind, the players reacted well and tried to pull the score back as much as possible.


Pereira also believes that the 1-1 score maybe it’s fair on the pitch, "but sometimes it's the result of football. The other side had one or two chances and scored one goal; we also created two good chances but failed to score.


Despite being ranked second in the group for the time being, but the team's confidence and fighting spirit remain unchanged, Pereira said: "This is the second match of the ACL group, and there are many matches to follow. The ability of the team in our group is close, it's a difficult group, but we still have a chance. We also believe that we have the strength to win the first two places in the group and qualify to the next phase.


GK: Yan Junling

DF: Wei Zhen; Fu Huan; Yu Hai

MF: Wang Shengchao; Lin Chuangyi( 73’ Li Shenglong); Akhmedov; Lyu Wenjun( 73’ Zhang Yi)

FW: Hulk; Elkeson; Oscar

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