Argentine football player Carlos Tevez of China's Shanghai Shenhua (right) challenges Daniel Bowles of Australia's Brisbane Roar.
Argentine football player Carlos Tevez of China's Shanghai Shenhua (right) challenges Daniel Bowles of Australia's Brisbane Roar. Stringer

Chinese club left red-faced by Roar defeat

IF you ever doubted just how big a result Brisbane Roar's win over Shanghai Shenhua was, you only have to look at the reaction to the result in China.

Everyone (including me, I must confess) expected that the world's highest-paid player, Carlos Tevez, and Nigerian star Obafemi Martins would lead Shenhua to a comfortable victory and qualify for the group stages of the Asian Champions League.

But Roar coach John Aloisi somehow inspired his team, which let's not forget had played a tough 0-0 draw with Sydney FC only a few days previous to flying to China, to one of he biggest wins in Australian football history at club level.

Fans were so upset that the mega-rich Chinese Super League club was forced to offer an apology after the Roar upset the odds with a 2-0 win in Shanghai thanks to goals from Brandon Borrello and Tommy Oar.

"We want to apologise to our fans who braved the freezing cold to support us because it was a shame what happened on the pitch,” the club said via Weibo.

"Every player has strived for the very best and we shared the same desire to win.

"However, football is cruel.

"When you keep wasting goal-scoring chances, the prospect of a victory is fast receding.

"We are gutted and regret the lost opportunities but the team will not give up.

"The spirit of Shenhua will not die away because of one game.

"The team will spare no effort for the new season of Chinese Super League and start all over again.”

The Roar is now into the ACL group stages and deservedly so.

Aloisi's team will join the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United in the lucrative competition and that has to be a great thing for football in this country.

Now let's hope the Aussie teams can give the ACL a big shake.

After Wednesday's result those three clubs would that think anything is possible.


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