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90'
M. Simon
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
85'
K. Yamaguchi
T. Kanamori
85'
C. Ngoy
A. Kalik
Substitution
Substitution
82'
S. Yamamoto
I. Oda
Substitution
81'
B. Warland
C. Zuvela
Substitution
Substitution
74'
S. Doi
A. Nakamura
Goal
70'
L. Wilkshire
Assist
70'
M. Simon
Goal
Goal
27'
M. Kanazaki
Goal
Kick Off
3
0
2
1

Stats

Possession
% %
8
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 2
Total Passes 527 547

Commentary

FULL TIME - KASHIMA ANTLERS 1 SYDNEY 1 - Sydney improve in the 2nd half and are able to grab a goal back but are unable to get the winner as the game ends all square at 1-1. Simon's header gave Sydney hope they could push on for the win but Kashima earned a share of the spoils and all in all, it is the fair result. Kashima would be content with the draw but Sydney would be disappointed they couldn't grab 3 points but they at least are able to leave Japan with a point. 
90' + 3' Silva tries to place a shot into the corner but it goes just wide 
90' + 2' Simon tries to steer a ball into the backpost for Mierzejewski but Sogahata is there to claim it 
M. Simon
Yellow Card
Sydney
90' Yellow card Matt Simon
Yellow Card
90' Simon goes into the book for a swinging arm 
88' Yamaguchi's shot from outside the area goes wide. Sydney play on quick trying to get up field and grab a vital goal 
87' Great ball in behind from Brilliante who finds Simon who stays onside but he is off balance and he can't get enough contact on the ball 
K. Yamaguchi
T. Kanamori
Kashima Antlers
85' Substitution Takeshi Kanamori Kazuma Yamaguchi
C. Ngoy
A. Kalik
Sydney
85' Substitution Anthony Kalik Charles Lokoli Ngoy
Substitution
84' Kashima change - Kanamori off for Yamaguchi 
Substitution
84' Sydney change - Kalik comes off for Lokolingoy 
S. Yamamoto
I. Oda
Kashima Antlers
82' Substitution Itsuki Oda Shuto Yamamoto
Substitution
81' Kashima change - Oda comes off and Yamamoto is on 
B. Warland
C. Zuvela
Sydney
81' Substitution Chris Zuvela Benjamin Warland
Substitution
81' Sydney change - Warland comes on for Zuvela 
80' Silva gets away from his marker and gives a great ball to Suzuki who has his attempt blocked by a great tackle from Calver. The home side turning up the pressure now as we go into the final 10 minutes 
78' Sydney need to go on with this and will want to make some changes to get fresh legs on in attack to look for that vital 2nd goal 
76' What a chance! Mierzejewski gets away from his marker with a turn of pace and plays in Brosque who puts his shot only just wide of the far post. So close for Sydney 
75' Doi gets into the penalty area but Calver is there to deny him with a solid tackle to take it away from the Kashima man 
Substitution
74' Kashima change with Nakamura off for Doi
S. Doi
A. Nakamura
Kashima Antlers
74' Substitution Atsutaka Nakamura Shoma Doi
72' Kashima have gotten back on top after the goal stunned by the equaliser and the home side have a corner and they will want to try and get back in the lead as soon as they can. 
Goal
70' GOAL SYDNEY! SYDNEY FC 1 KASHIMA 1 - That's exactly what they needed Sydney FC as they do get the equaliser through Matt Simon who gets his header over the line with the Kashima defence and goalkeeper this time unable to keep them at bay and the away side have a lifeline. 
L. Wilkshire
Assist
Sydney
70' Assist Luke Wilkshire
M. Simon
Goal
Sydney
70' Goal Matt Simon
68' Kashima are stifling the Sydney attack with the away side again unable to create a big chance on goal. They need to take a few more chances going forward to try and force the equaliser 
65' A through ball for Simon is cut out by Sogahata as the goakeeper comes out as a sweeper. Sydney now with a half chance with a header going across goal but there's no one there for the away side and it goes out for the goal kick 
63' Inukai slips over and slides the ball away from danger to concede a corner. Sydney with a chance here to whip in the set piece 
61' Sydney are finding no joy going forward so far with all their attacks being defended very well and there's been no space afforded to Sydney in the final third. Kashima dealing with their opponent very well and limiting their opportunities 
58' Stoppage in play now with a head clash between Shoji and Simon. 
56' Simon loses the ball in midfield and then chases down Kanamori and fouls him just over the halfway line. The striker fortunate not to see a yellow card there 
54' Kanamori's cross is just a bit too high for Suzuki and Sydney can get it away. Kashima's movement and combination play was superb in the lead up to that chance 
53' Sydney play around with it on the left side and try to create something but the Kashima defence surround them and force the mistake. 
51' Good defence from Calver who challenges Suzuki well as the Kashima striker was about to pull the trigger on a cross. Corner headed away from Sydney and the away side will try and spring a counter attack 
50' Kanazaki gets away from his marker and then another but he can't get a shot away. Ito now goes down the right but his cross flies high and wide and out for the goal kick. Kashima again establishing early dominance 
47' Redmayne gives the ball away from a pass out and the ball will go to Suzuki who is never afraid of having a shot and his attempt is blocked away for a corner 
46' Back underway 
HALF TIME - KASHIMA ANTLERS 1 SYDNEY FC 0 - Kashima go to the break with a 1 goal advantage through Kanazaki's header. An error from Brilliante allowed the Kashima man to score and that's all that separates the sides. Sydney have not been good enough in the final third to threaten the scoreboard but they have another half to correct that situation where they really need to improve to get the result they need. Kashima are comfortable and will look for more of the same in the 2nd half. 
44' Kalik's cross is too high and it allows Sogahata to claim it easily. 
42' Mierzejewski gets away from a defender and plays in Kalik on the left but his shot goes wide of the target from 10 yards out on an angle 
39' Mierzejewski's ball goes into the area but a teammate is unable to get on the end of it and Kashima can clear. Simon now has a shot which flies high and wide 
37' Kanazaki's ball for Silva to chase down on the wing is too deep and a counter attacking chance for the home side is wasted. Sydney now to come back the other way
35' Simon is fouled on the wing and that will give Sydney the chance to whip in a cross from the set piece. Mierzejewski's ball isn't deep enough and it is headed away for a corner 
32' A mistake from Shoji almost lets Brosque through but the Kashima defence recover in time and clear it. The onus is really on Sydney now as it is vital they win tonight but they are yet to create a meaningful chance 
30' Silva gets a header on target from the corner but there's not enough power on it to trouble Redmayne 
Goal
27' GOAL KASHIMA! KASHIMA 1 SYDNEY 0 - A corner has down the trick for Kashima there as Brilliante tries to headed a ball away but he accidentally sets it up for Kanazaki who has the simple job to head it away at the near post. Horrible goal for Sydney to concede. It was a gift to the opposition 
M. Kanazaki
Goal
Kashima Antlers
27' Goal Mu Kanazaki
25' A long ball for Mu is a good one but his cross is caught easily by Redmayne. Sydney's defence exposed again as they put numbers forward for an attack 
23' Kashima like last week are having plenty of shots but not enough have troubled Redmayne as of yet 
21' Suzuki hits one from just outside the box but it is easy for Redmayne who saves comfortably
19' Suzuki gets in the area and tries a shot on the turn but he is off balance and it goes off target 
18' Merzejewski tries to play through Simon but the striker doesn't read it and it's easy for the Kashima keeper to come out and claim 
16' Simon is played through the Kashima defence and has a shot blocked wide but it will come back with the striker flagged offside 
14' Mierzejewski tries to do it all himself weaving through the defenders and his shot almost falls to Simon but Kashima are able to clear 
13' Mierzejewski tries to play in Simon but the defence get in the way and Kashima come down the other end on the counter attack 
12' A shot from outside the area goes well wide of the target. Kashima getting on top of this one early on 
10' Ito's cross from the right was on target and Redmayne had to be quick to claim it at his near post. 
8' Kashima have had some very promising early signs in attack with crosses being delivered into good areas. Sydney need to be on their guard. 
6' Mierzejewski is played through on the right and he delivers a poor cross which goes over the head of Simon. Sydney starting to get into the rhythm of the game now after a slow start 
4' A good cross comes to the backpost for Kanamori but his shot is crucially blocked. Nervous start for Sydney 
3' Nakamura wins a foul after being held back by Wilkshire. Good opportunity here to swing in a ball into the area 
1' Silva has the first shot of the game for the home side but his attempt goes well wide of the target
1' We're underway 
Kashima substitutions - Suntae, Ueda, Yamamoto, Doi, Misao, Pedro Junior, Yamaguchi 
Kashima Antlers (4-2-3-1) Sogahata, Shoji, Inukai, Oda, Ito, Nakamura, Nagaki, Silva, Kanamori, Suzuki, Kanazaki 
Sydney substitutions - Cisak, Warland, Lokolingoy, Mutch, Flottman, Bandiera 
Sydney FC (4-2-3-1) Redmayne, Wilkshire, Wilkinson, Calver, Retre, Zuvela, Brilliante, Brosque, Mierzejewski Kalik, Simon 
Welcome to Kashima Stadium where Kashima Antlers host Sydney FC. Kashima won the reverse game in Sydney last week and go into this contest in form and looking so solidfy their top spot in the group. Sydney are desperate for a win and will want to reverse their form as they are winless in their first three group games. Big clash coming up. Kick off soon.
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