Wednesday, 8 February 2017


World's Best-Paid Player Lose on His Debut For New Club as Obafemi Martins Felt Guilty Of Team Failure From Champions League Qualification.

Big-spending Shanghai Shenhua have been knocked out of the Asian Champions League before it has even begun after being beaten by Brisbane Roar in a play-off.

Manager Gustavo Poyet, boasting a team led by the world's highest-paid footballer Carlos Tevez on debut, saw his side become the first Chinese Super League team to lose a champions League play-off in 14 years.

It took just 87 seconds for Brisbane Roar to launch themselves into a surprise lead in Shanghai.
Former Ipswich Town winger Oar dashed down the left wing with the hosts defensive organisation lacking wing with the hosts defensive organisation lacking from kick-off and had all the space he needed to pick out Borrello with a floating cross to the back post.
His marker got caught under the dropping ball, allowing Borrello to hammer in right-footed on the volley past goalkeeper Shuai Li.

Former Super Eagles Ex International striker Obafemi Martins perhaps should have done better when handed an opportunity by Luke De Vere's hesitancy but he could not take advantage.
Instead, it was the visitors causing real issues and Borrello clattered the post with a placed left-foot effort from 25 yards inside the first 11 minutes.

Obafemi Martins, 32, was again guilty of a miss from inside the area with his feet in a tangle as Shenhau began to dominate but with the hosts in the ascendency Oar struck against the run of play.

At the end of a fine team move opening goalscorer Borrello turned provider to return the favour to the man who set him up, cutting back to the penalty spot where Oar fired a fine right-foot volley in five minutes before half-time.

After the break, Shenhua sought to drag themselves back into it but were twice thwarted by goalkeeper Jamie Young who saved first, from Sheng Qin's drive, and then again to palm away a Tevez free-kick.

But it was Martins who was the most wasteful, shooting wide with four minutes to go with the goal gaping after Li had fumbled a quick free-kick.

Big-spending Shenhua were booed off at full-time.

In a nod to the presence of  Carlos Tevez, Obafemi Martins and Colombia's Giovanni Moreno in the opposition's ranks, Oar said afterwards: "'They caused us a lot of problems but it was more down to how well we played as a collective.

"'There's no star individuals in our team but we play well altogether.'"

Meanwhile, Brisbane Roar's official Twitter account posted: '"Carlos Who? A world-class performance confirms our qualification for @TheAFCCL.'"

Shenhua will now be left to concentrate on the Chinese Super League, which returns next month.

The Headline is Chinese Sport Media all over now is "The World Highest Paid Player Lose On His Debut To A Lower Rank Team."



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