Australian 'spirit' key to Adelaide's comeback - Regan

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This season will generally be one to forget for the Reds but they proved they can fight in their scintillating match with Jeju United

Adelaide United defender Taylor Regan claimed his side "showed what Australian football is all about" in their 3-3 draw with Jeju United in the AFC Champions League (ACL).

Having lost their opening two games in Group H, Adelaide breathed some life into their continental campaign on Wednesday night in a thrilling match at Coopers Stadium.

Up against a team that had lost just two of their past 16 matches in all competitions, Adelaide took the lead after half-time thanks to Baba Diawara's penalty but after surrendering the lead with 19 minutes remaining, the home side needed goals from Sergio Cirio and Mark Ochieng to earn a point.

The Reds have had a dreadful season in defence of their A-League premiership-championship double but Regan argued Adelaide showed plenty of spirit to come from behind twice against Jeju.

Mark Ochieng Adelaide United v Jeju United AFC Champions League 15032017

Mark Ochieng, Adelaide United

"We were so disappointed to let the lead slip," Regan told Fox Sports.

"We knew how to break them down. In the end, 3-3 is probably a fair result.

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"When the chips are down, there's only one thing to do and that's fight.

"The boys showed spirit and we showed what Australian football is all about - that is working hard at the end of the day, even if you are outclassed."

In a frenetic second half, Frederic Mendy and Marcelo Toscano dragged Jeju in front, with the latter's blistering strike from outside the box in the 71st minute bringing the sparse crowd of 3,539 to their feet.

Frederic Mendy Adelaide United v Jeju United AFC Champions League 15032017

Frederic Mendy, Jeju United

Cirio's header levelled the contest just two minutes after Toscano's stunner but Jeju edged ahead again in the 84th minute through Kwon Soon-hyung only for Ochieng to convert Adelaide's third almost immediately.

The Reds hadn't played since March 4 due to a split round in the A-League and new Socceroos midfielder Riley McGree underlined the importance of that extra break.

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"I think the 10 day break for us, we were able to recuperate from the games and come in feeling very fresh, and I guess we kind of showed that out here tonight," he told Fox Sports.

"We defended well and attacked well. They sat off and waited for their chances but I think all round we played a good game."

Adelaide's next fixture is against Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Sunday, while they will visit Jeju in the ACL on April 11.

 

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