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The Flames. The team held Sydney FC to a draw of 2:2 in ACL group match, expecting a tough schedule ahead
2019-04-23


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Tonight, Shanghai SIPG held Sydney FC to a draw of 2:2 in the 4th round of the ACL group match. The other match in this group, Kawasaki Frontale also held Ulsan Hyundai to a draw of 2:2 at home match who is the leader of the group.


Akhmedov is coming back, Li Shenglong is appear in the starting line-up


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In this match, the head coach of Shanghai SIPG, Pereira made some adjustments to the starting line-up. Elkeson and Lyu Wenjun appeared in the substitution list, midfielder Akhmedov recover from injury and Li Shenglong entered the starting player for the first time in ACL tournament this season.


The squad of the team is still a three-center defend system, with Fu Huan, He Guan and Yu Hai forming the defend line; Wang Shengchao and Zhang Wei position on two sides; Akhmedov, Cai Huikang and Oscar cooperate together in the middle field, Hulk and Li Shenglong has positioned on the line of attack.


Another Battle


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In the first half, Shanghai SIPG attack like storm. But it failed to score successfully and let its opponent to take the lead. 



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In the second half, the head coach of Shanghai SIPG Pereira, take up immediate action to change the players, both Elkeson and Lyu Wenjun were call for and achieved good results.


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In the 47 minute, it was Elkeson who scored a header from Hulk's corner kick and helped the team to equalize the score. This is also Elkeson's 30th goal in the ACL competition, he is currently ranked third in the history of the Asian Championship scorer list.


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In the 59 minute, the Shanghai SIPG caught up with the team and took the lead, they have played out the classic side attack. Zhang Wei crossed from the left to the back, then Wang Shengchao follow up to put in a high-speed tackle to score.


In the 62 minute, Sydney FC center forward Fondre scored the goal and both teams returned to the same starting point again. At the end of the match, either side has scored any more goals


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After four rounds of battle, Shanghai SIPG ranked second in the group with score of 1 win, 2 draw and 1 defeat. At the third and fourth place was Kawasaki Frontale and Sydney FC which has 1 and 2 points falling behind them.


On the 7th May, the team will play the away match against Kawasaki Frontale in the next ACL competition. This Sunday, Shanghai SIPG will also play the 7th round of the CSL competition, against Tianjin Teda in away match.


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PereiraKeep trying and get qualified to play the next match


At the press conference after the match, Shanghai SIPG head coach Pereira said that the team fall behind in the first half because of some problems in controlling the opponent. "At the beginning of the second half, we played very well and scored two goals, but lost one. So, I think our opponent was suspected a foul before the ball was conceded, but that's football.


Regarding the team's qualifying situation in ACL, Pereira said, "The four teams in this group has the same strength, and no one is better than the other team. We will continue to strive for a better position, and fight for the team's qualification to play the next match.


Pereira also talked about on rotation. "In the previous five matches between Elkeson and Lyu Wenjun, I asked them to do their best, so they were tired and I want them to have a good rest. If I dont do that, their physical fitness and other aspects will be largely affected. Now, the team's schedule is tight, we have to do rotate to ensure the state and physical fitness of the players.


Shanghai SIPG will enter the model of participate in three leagues, Pereira said that he is considering how to play Sunday's CSL competition, "We will have the best squad, try to win the match, which is very important for our ranking. Then I will choose the squad for CFA Cup according to the players physical condition. Under the intensive schedule, we have to strive to balance for the team, make more attempts, maintain competitiveness, and play one match after another.


Finally, Pereira especially thanks to the supporters of Shanghai SIPG, "I would like to thanks to them again, they have given us great support. Today, their cheering has helped the team a lot.


Wang Shengchao, who scored in the match, was chosen as "the best player of the match. Then he said, "I am very happy to be able to score for the team in the first match after the comeback, but unfortunately the team did not win this match. But we have good performance today, although we didnt win, but we are still rank in the second place. Now, we do not have time to regret, I also do not have time to celebrate the goals, because the more important match is waiting for us, we need to adjust our state, to meet the next game.


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GK: Yan Junling

DF: He Guan; Fu Huan; Yu Hai

MF: Wang Shengchao; Akhmedov46 Lyu Wenjun; Cai Huikang; ( 76 Lin Chuangyi); Oscar; Zhang Wei

FW: Hulk; Li Shenglong ( 46 Elkeson)


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My name is Wu Minyi and I am 18 years old, study in middle school of Shanghai music conservatory, it has been 14 years since I began to learn cello at the age of four. When I was a child, I was not interested in football at all. Be familiar with Shanghai SIPG in the 2017 Asian Championship elimination match against Urawa Red Diamonds. The first time I entered Shanghai Stadium, I was shocked by this huge momentum. The supporters are waved flags and shouted so loudly. This atmosphere has made me fall in love with Shanghai SIPG.


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