Brisbane Roar needs two-goal victory to stay alive in ACL

BRISBANE Roar and Western Sydney are still alive in the Asian Champions League, but both need near miracles to progress to the next stage of the competition.

The Roar moved to seven points in Group G after Andrija Kaluderovic scored to give his team a 1-0 victory over Beijing Guoan in the Chinese capital, but unfortunately the result of the other match in the group didn't help its cause. South Korea's Suwon Samsung came from behind with an 89th minute winner against Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, the result elevating Suwon alongside Beijing on 10 points.

The Roar's final game is against Urawa on the Gold Coast on May 5, and to progress, it will need to win by at least two goals and hope for the right result in the match between Suwon and Beijing Guoan. If those teams draw they would both move through to the round of 16 with 11 points.

Roar coach Frans Thijssen said the team may pay the price for slip-ups in earlier group games, but would go all out for a big finish.

"We will be attacking Urawa and scoring as many goals as we can and keeping our fingers crossed for the right result in the other game," he said.

Meanwhile a 2-1 loss to Japan's Kashima Antlers means titleholder Western Sydney will need to beat Group H leader Guangzhou Evergrande in China in its final group game next month, and hope the Antlers and FC Seoul draw.


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