Jiangsu Suning FC
Adelaide United
Asian Champions League R1
Nanjing Olympic Sports Center
2017-03-01T11:35:00+00:00
Attendance
41,033

Brazilian star's double sinks Reds in ACL

A spirited Adelaide United have suffered an agonising 2-1 loss to Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning in their AFC Champions League clash at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday night.

A goal in either half from Alex Teixeira was enough to secure all three points for the home side, with Eli Babalj heading home what proved to be a late consolation for the visitors.

After a promising start the Reds conceded a soft opener following a mistake from goalkeeper Daniel Margoush but fought their way back into the contest especially in the second stanza.

Baba Diawara and Nikola Mileusnic both had gilt edged chances for an equaliser, while Tarek Elrich had a goal chalked off for what appeared to be a marginal offside call.

Papa Diawara

Instead Jiangsu netted a superb second on the break through their Brazilian star and while Babalj pulled a goal back late on the Reds were unable to make the most of another chance at the death.

The result leaves Adelaide at the bottom of Group H following match day 2, with their next challenge to come at home against Korea Republic outfit Jeju United.

Catch up with all the ACL action at the match centre here

GOALS

1-0 Jiangsu Suning: Alex Teixeira, 14’

Reds goalkeeper Daniel Margush spilled what should’ve been a regulation save following a speculative shot from Brazilian midfielder Ramires which allowed his compatriot to poke home from close range.

2-0 Jiangsu Suning: Alex Teixeira, 72’

A swift counter attack saw Teixeira do it all himself, flying down the left wing before dancing his way around Dylan McGowan and threading his shot through the legs of Margush.

2-1 Adelaide United: Eli Babalj, 90+2’

The substitute headed home a brilliant ball into the box from Tarek Elrich deep into stoppage time after getting the better of a couple of Jiangsu defenders in the air.

KEY MOMENT

The Reds thought they had an equaliser when Tarek Elrich volleyed inside the far post following a flick on but the goal was ruled out for offside. Replays suggest the call was marginal at best and the home side doubled their advantage less than a couple of minutes later to break Adelaide hearts.

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Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
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Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
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Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
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Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 2 1 5 7
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