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Sydney v Kashima Antlers Live Commentary, 07/03/2018

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S. Doi (40)
N. Ueda (87)
Allianz Stadium


FULL TIME - KASHIMA ANTLERS 2 SYDNEY FC 0 - Kashima prove too strong for Sydney FC tonight winning 2 goals to nil. Goals for Doi and Ueda did the job for the Japanese side who condemned Sydney to their 2nd home loss of the competition and the Australian side find themselves now at the bottom of the group. Kashima were well worth their win and head into the reverse fixture in Japan next week with confidence. Sydney will have to do much better to trouble thier opposition next week. 
90' + 1' Kashima almost have a third with Silva intercepting a pass and then he gets into the area and forces a save from Redmayne 
90' + 1' Kalik makes his way into the area and cuts the ball back but there's no one there and the Kashima side can easily clear it away 
K. Misao
A. Nakamura
Kashima Antlers
90' Substitution Atsutaka Nakamura Kento Misao
90' KASHIMA SUB: Nakamura makes way for Misao 
89' Nakamura goes in behind the defence and his cross isn't a good one as Redmayne is there to clean it up 
N. Ueda
Kashima Antlers
87' Goal Naomichi Ueda
S. Yamamoto
Kashima Antlers
87' Assist Shuto Yamamoto
87' GOAL KASHIMA! KASHIMA 2 SYDNEY FC 0 - Kashima will be taking the 3 points home tonight as they score from another corner. A flick on from the near post by Yamamoto falls into the path of Ueda who had the simple task of heading the ball into the empty net. That's game over. 
86' Kashima win the ball and go on the counter but the shot is off target. Sydney getting more players up the pitch means they will be more exposed at the back for a Kashima counter attack 
K. Yamaguchi
S. Doi
Kashima Antlers
84' Substitution Shoma Doi Kazuma Yamaguchi
84' KASHIMA SUB: Doi comes off for Yamaguchi 
81' Good cross in from the left sees Suzuki get on the end of it but he was always stretching for it and he puts it wide of the target 
79' Brilliante fouls Silva in the middle of the park as Sydney tried to regain possession 
77' Brosque commits a foul trying to get on the end of a through ball but he is beaten for pace 
A. Kalik
D. Carney
76' Substitution David Carney Anthony Kalik
76' SYDNEY SUB: Carney makes way for Kalik 
76' Mierzejewski's free kick from the left is too deep and it goes over everyone. 
75' Sydney starting to get desperate as they know time is slowly running out on them. They have been better since Bobo has come on with his excellent hold up play. 
K. Anzai
T. Kanamori
Kashima Antlers
72' Substitution Takeshi Kanamori Koki Anzai
71' KASHIMA SUB: Kanamori makes way for Anzai 
70' A promising build up from Sydney comes to nothing as the Kashima defence do well to shut down the time and space for Sydney to be able to create a chance. Sydney looking much more likely in this half but as of yet can't trouble the scoreboard 
68' Ito and Suzuki play some good football and Ito forces Redmayne to come out and punch the cross clear of danger 
66' Good hold up play from Bobo who gets the attack rolling and the ball finds Mierzejewski who gets another shot on target but Sogahata is there to thwart him again 
62' That was the best moment of the game for Sydney as Carney feeds it to Brosque who runs into the box and passes it over to Mierzejewski who gets a shot on target but forces a great save out of Sogahata 
61' Doi gets in behind the defence and is shut down well by O'Neill who puts it out for the corner 
M. Simon
60' Substitution Matt Simon Deivson Rogerio da Silva
60' SYDNEY SUB: Simon has been ineffective tonight and his replacement is the prolific Bobo who can be the man to get Sydney back in this one 
58' Best play of the night there for the home side as they work it around the area and Mierzejewski has a shot blocked out for a corner 
B. O'Neill
Yellow Card
56' Yellow card Brandon O'Neill
Yellow Card
56' O'Neill goes into the book for a late challenge and he will now miss the next game
55' Mierzejewski has the shot from the free kick which is cooly taken by Sogahata 
54' Silva fouls Carney as they both jump for the high ball and it's a promising position for the home side. Before that, Simon had a cross headed away from danger by the Kashima defence 
53' A half chance there for Kanamori who gets on the end of a cross by taking it one first time on the volley but it goes way over the target 
52' The home side try to get in behind the Kashima defence but they are holding firm and not allowing Sydney any time or space in the final third 
49' Yamamoto has been a good outlet on the right for Kashima but this time his cross is off target and flies out for a goal kick 
48' O'Neill fouls Suzuki by dragging his arm back to prevent him getting away with a quick counter. Kashima have started well and are looking for that vital 2nd goal 
46' We're back underway 
HALF TIME - KASHIMA ANTLERS 1 SYDNEY FC 0 - Doi's goal in the 40th minute gives the visitors the lead as the teams head to the sheds. Kashima got the goal they deserved as they had more shots in that half. Sydney have been flat but have showed promise at times but nothing yet that has seriously challenged the Kashima defence. They will need to do better in the 2nd half to get back into this game. 
M. Simon
Yellow Card
43' Yellow card Matt Simon
Yellow Card
43' Simon goes into the book for a late challenge on Ueda
Y. Suzuki
Kashima Antlers
40' Assist Yuma Suzuki
S. Doi
Kashima Antlers
40' Goal Shoma Doi
40' GOAL KASHIMA! KASHIMA 1 SYDNEY 0 - The corner is used well by Kashima as the deep corner goes out the back to Suzuki who drives a shot towards goal but it was Doi with the final touch as he backheels past Redmayne to open the scoring 
37' Simon is flagged offside as he came back from the offside position to get involved in a promising Sydney attack 
35' Suzuki goes himself from distance with his shot blocked but it falls back out to Silva but he puts it well wide of the goal 
32' Inukai fouls Simon with a push in the back and that will allow Mierzejewski to get over the top of the dead ball. He is just a bit too far out as it goes over the target. 
31' Carney has got involved in a play after coming back from an offside position and Kashima will take it quickly and try to get on the attack 
28' Kashima now enjoying a good spell of possession as they are able to swing in a ball from the right and Suzuki climbs highest but he puts it just wide of the target 
P. Retre
M. Zullo
24' Substitution Michael Zullo Paulo Retre
24' Kashima are showing signs of life now with Suzuki having a shot from distance but it was always going high and wide of the target 
24' SYDNEY SUB: Sydney have been foreced into an early change as Zullo has pulled up with an injury and he will be replaced by Retre. 
22' Kanamori got himself into the Sydney area and looked as if he could have a shot but he is forced back and the chance comes to nothing 
20' Both teams allowing each other to play out from the back with Kashima content with giving Sydney a significant chunk of the possession so far.
17' Yamamoto gets down the left for his side and swings in a cross but it's easy for Redmayne to take. Kashima yet to fashion any chances so far 
15' Carney swings in another ball from the left channel but it is easy for the keeper who comes out to claim the high ball. He gets his team moving quickly as Kashima go on the counter 
12' Carney tries to get in behind the defence with an early run but he is flagged offside.
10' Carney tries to play in Brosque with a reverse pass but it is too deep. Sydney enjoying healthy spells of possession in the early stages here as they try to create a meaningful chance 
8' Kanamori tries to chase down a long pass but it is too deep and it rolls out for the goal kick. The Japanese side yet to get anything going in the early stages 
6' Silva bursts through the middle of the Sydney defence and has a shot from outside the box which Redmayne comfortably claims 
4' Zullo's cross into the area aimed at Simon is headed away from danger by the Kashima defence. Postive start to the game for the home side who have settled quickly 
2' Carney gets the first cross in of the game and Brosque's shot is blocked away for the first corner of the game for the home side 
1' Kashima kick off and get us underway 
Sydney FC have never beaten Japanese opposition in the AFC Champions League (D3 L3) and failed to score in four of their six encounters.
Sydney FC have failed to win in their last six games in the AFC Champions League (D4 L2) – their longest ever run without victory in the competition.
Only two players have attempted more passes in the attacking third of the pitch than Sydney FC’s Adrian Mierzejewski (58).
Kashima Antlers substitutions: Suntae, Yamaguchi, Misao, Oda, Kubota, Machida, Anzai
Kashima Antlers (4-2-3-1) Sogahata, Yamamoto, Ito, Inukai, Ueda, Doi, Nagaki, Silva, Nakamura, Kanamori, Suzuki
Sydney substitutes: Cisak, Warland, Retre, Bobo, Kalik, Zuvela, Lokolingoy
Sydney FC (4-2-3-1) Redmayne, Wilkshire, Wilkinson, Calver, Zullo, O'Neill, Brilliante, Brosque, Mierzejewski, Carney, Simon 
Welcome to the Sydney Football Stadium where Sydney FC host Kashima Antlers on Matchday 3 of the Asian Champions League. Sydney sit bottom of Group H after a draw and a loss and they will face Kashima who currently top the group with a win and draw. It's a big test for the A-League champions tonight against the Japanese powerhouse. Kick off at 7:30pm AEDT.