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Pohang Steelers fall to Sydney in AFC Champions League

All Headlines 20:58 April 05, 2016

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean club Pohang Steelers fell to Sydney FC 1-0 in Australia at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Tuesday.

Milos Ninkovic scored the match's lone goal early in the second half at Sydney Football Stadium, as Sydney FC improved to nine points to remain at the top of Group H.

Pohang dropped to one win, one draw and two losses at the continent's top club competition.

This was the K League Classic club's second consecutive loss to Sydney FC in the group stage; the Australian club had won their previous meeting 1-0 on March 16.

Pohang's next contest will be against Guangzhou Evergrande at home on April 19. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will reach the knockout stage.

Neither side mounted much of an attack in the opening half an hour or so until Pohang's Park Jun-hui got a shot off from the top of the box in the 29th.

Sydney broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half by taking advantage of a shoddy Pohang defense. Ninkovic took control of the ball just outside the area and was allowed to walk in alone. He was surrounded by three Pohang defenders, who made shoddy efforts to clear the ball out of the way. It gave Ninkovic enough time and space to poke one past goalkeeper Kim Jin-young.

Pohang remained ineffective on offense, and it was all Sydney FC the rest of the evening.

The Australian club looked to double the lead and had a glorious chance in the 73rd, with Matthew Jurman's rocket of a shot stopped by diving goalkeeper Kim.

Three minutes later David Carney broke free for a chance, but his effort went wide of the post. George Blackwood took his crack in stoppage time, but Kim in Pohang's net denied him from close range.

Pohang failed to record a shot on target, while Sydney had five.

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