Relive Adelaide United’s thrilling draw with Jeju United


With the Reds facing Jeju on matchday 4 of the AFC Champions League at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday night, sit back and read through our instant Asian Champions League classic the last time we played them.

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Scoreless at the break, the second-half erupted into the life which saw an astonishing six goals converted, including some absolute crackers.

Adelaide would not go down without a fight, showing great determination to immediately restore parity twice after initially breaking the deadlock.

The match finished 3-3 with the small crowd gathered at Hindmarsh Stadium collectively holding its breath after witnessing a truly scintillating display of attacking football from both sides.

So here is a rundown of the matchday three action on that eventful night nearly a month ago.


1-0– Baba Diawara 51’
It was an end-to-end game during the first-half, despite being goalless at the interval. However, that would quickly change when the Reds were awarded a penalty for an apparent handball inside the area. The Senegalese striker consummately dispatched the ensuing spot-kick to open his account with the Reds and ignite a prolific scoring run in the Hyundai A-League.

1-1 – Frederic Mendy 61’
Ten minutes later, the Korean side would level proceedings through substitute Mendy. The tall striker made a yard of space for himself before turning his man, expertly dispatching an incisive finish to beat Eugene Galekovic with the assistance of the upright.

1-2 – Marcelo Toscano 71’
The Brazilian gave the visitors the lead in emphatic fashion when Toscano unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the 18-yard-box. After some neat build-up play on the right flank, Toscano struck his first-time dipping effort into the top right corner leaving Galekovic powerless.

2-2 – Sergio Cirio 73’
Jeju’s advantage did not last long though as Cirio clinically nodded home a pin-point cross from Ben Garuccio. The Spaniard arched his neck muscles to steer his near-post header past the goalkeeper.

2-3 – Kwon Soon-hyung 84’
The South Korean midfielder again put Jeju in the box seat to claim all three points after firing a low drive from distance. Soon-hyung capitalised on the loose ball outside the area before picking his spot six minutes from time.

3-3 – Mark Ochieng 85’
Not despondent, Adelaide went in search of salvaging something from the drama-filled clash. Jordan O’Doherty agonisingly smashed the top of the upright with a curling effort, but fortunately the rebound fell to Kim Jae-sung. The ex-South Korean international brilliantly picked out substitute Ochieng whose first-time strike bent into the far corner to seal the impressive comeback.

Adelaide United will face Jeju United in their fourth AFC Champions League 2017 group stage match on Tuesday, 11 April at the Jeju World Cup Stadium. Kick-off is at 8.30pm ACDT.