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65'
S. Koroki
Penalty Goal
2 - 0
65'
V. Janjetović
Yellow Card
19'
A. Hoole
Yellow Card
9'
M. Nagata
Yellow Card
8'
Y. Muto
Goal
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
57% 42%
5
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 3
Total Passes 543 392
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Sydney SYD Sydney 6 3 1 2 4 4 0 10 L D W W W
2 Urawa Reds RED Urawa Reds 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 9 D D W D L
3 Guangzhou FC GUA Guangzhou FC 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8 W W L D L
4 Pohang Steelers POH Pohang Steelers 6 1 2 3 2 5 -3 5 D L L L W

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8th Finals

Commentary

FULL TIME - The ref blows his whistle and it is Urawa who have recorded a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Sydney FC who had their moments but were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
We will have three minutes of additional time played - can Sydney salvage something from this fixture?
Janjetovic bravely leaves his area as Urawa advance and he is forced to head the ball clear which he does successfully.
Sydney peppering away at the goal of Nishikawa in the final minutes but unable to find the goal they are so desperately striving for.
Y. Kashiwagi
Y. Muto
SUBSTITUTION URAWA - WIth this match now seemingly in the bag, Yuki Muto is to be replaced by Yōsuke Kashiwagi.
R. Stambolziev
C. Naumoff
SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - One last change for the visitors with Chris Naumoff leaving the pitch and Robert Stambolziev entering the play.
Jurman gets a look at an open goal face from the corner kick but he has missed the seeming unmissable with his attempt flying over the top of the crossbar.
Sydney controlling possession at the moment but struggling to find much headway in the face of a well drilled and organised Urawa defence.
Sydney will be hoping that their match fitness provides them with an edge in the final 10 minutes given that Urawa's domestic season has not yet kicked off.
W. Endo
T. Aoki
SUBSTITUTION URAWA - In response to Sydney's changes, Urawa make a substitution of their own with Takuya Aoki making way for Wataru Endo.
Sydney with a change to their formation in response to Urawa's second goal as they try to find a spark to somehow claw their way back into this match.
A. Brosque
Z. Anderson
SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - A double change with Zachary Anderson leaving the pitch, making way for Alex Brosque.
M. Ninković
A. Hoole
SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - Sydney ringing the changes now in a desperate attempt to salvage something from this match with Andrew Hoole replaced by Miloš Ninković.
Naumoff into space courtesty of a clever lay off from Smeltz but, from inside the box, he is denied by some desperate defence from Moriwaki.
S. Koroki
Penalty Goal
PENALTY GOAL URAWA - Another defensive howler from Sydney FC leaves Janjetovic isolated in the box and his mistimed challenge takes out Shinzo Koroki who, fresh onto the field, buries the resultant penalty. Urawa take a 2-0 lead.
V. Janjetović
Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD SYDNEY FC - Vedran Janjetović mistimes his challenge on Shinzoh Kohroki and the referee has a look before pointing to the spot.
A free kick against Hoole after an untidy attempt to tackle - he needs to be careful as he already has one yellow.
S. Koroki
T. Umesaki
SUBSTITUTION URAWA - Urawa make their first substitution with Tsukasa Umesaki making way for Shinzo Koroki.
A couple of terrific saves in quick succession from Janjetovic, the second a one handed bat away after a clever flick at goal from the corner kick from Abe.
Moriwaki with space at the edge of the box has time to measure the shot however he has blasted it over the crossbar.
Anderson blasts a shot from close range but Nishikawa manages to get his head in the way to deny the visitors an equaliser.
Not a great delivery inside the penalty area but Grant contests extremely well to win the corner for Sydnet FC.
Outstanding pace from Ljubijankic who beats Anderson to the ball but he can't control his shot at goal which is well wide and high of the mark.
A free kick to Sydney and the Urawa fans vent their displeasure toward the ref.
No substitutions at half time so both sides begin the second half with their respective starting XIs.
Urawa kick off and the second half is underway.
The sides make their way back out onto the pitch on an extremely chilly night in Saitama.
Sydney FC will be pleased with their efforts toward the end of the first half and will have some confidence going into the second 45 minutes.
HALF TIME - On the back of a completely dominant first twenty minutes, which yielded the only goal of the match so far, Urawa head to the rooms with a 1-0 lead.
One minute of additional time to be played in this first half.
Approaching half time and Sydney, having had the better of the past ten minutes, would desperately love to have an equaliser on the board before the break.
A stunning overhead shot from Makino is kept out by an even better goal line clearance from Naumoff - replays show that was awfully close to having crossed the line!
Slick counter attacking football from Urawa and they have won a corner to be taken by Umesaki.
A turnover in midfield creates an opening for Sydney however Nagata reads the play to perfection and cuts off the pass, seeing the ball safely over the sideline.
Sydney not only seeing a lot more of the football in the past few minutes but also are applying plenty of pressure when Urawa are in possession.
Hoole goes down inside the box with Sydney calling for the penalty but the ref is having none if it as play continues.
The past couple of minutes have been much better for Sydney with the visitors creating a couple of set piece opportunities.
Good field position here for Sydney FC with a free kick in front of goal.
A horrible mix up at the back and an error from Abe opens up the goal for Anderson but his shot is deflected wide. He screams for a handball but the referee is unmoved - a huge change there for Sydney to get on the board.
Zlatan keeps his feet but has dragged down Anderson in the process and conceded the free kick.
Sydney FC have strugged to gain possession and when they have had the ball it has been under extreme pressure.
Conditions are very cool here in Saitama and so far appear to be suiting the home side down to the ground.
A. Hoole
Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD SYDNEY - Frustration really showing for the visitors as Andrew Hoole makes a clumsy challenge and is handed a yellow card.
Urawa passing the ball around at will at the moment and they have another opportunity here via a corner.
Not a full house in Saitama but the crowd that is here is making plenty of noise especially given the dominance of Urawa in the opening 15 minutes of this clash.
Sydney FC looking at sixes and sevens at the moment as Urawa continue to hunt in numbers and attack relentlessly.
M. Nagata
Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD URAWA - Mitsuru Nagata is the first player to go into the book.
Y. Muto
Goal
GOAL URAWA - An awful mixup at the back from the Sydney FC defence gifts Yuki Muto a shot at goal and he makes no mistake, rolling the ball past the keeper and into the net. It is Urawa Red Diamonds who take a 1-0 lead.
Urawa have the upper hand in the opening minutes and have done the majority of attacking to date.
We are underway in Saitama.
The 2016 Asian Champions League travels to Saitama Stadium for the clash between Urawa Red Diamonds and Sydney FC.