With a stockpile of firepower missing from Sydney FC’s squad against Kashima Antlers, Graham Arnold’s second string side have pulled off an exceptional result as Matt Simon earned the Sky Blues a 1-1 draw in Japan.
Andrew Redmayne - 6
Helpless as Joshua Brillante’s gaffe in the first half led to Kashima’s opener from the corner. In the closing minutes of the match he was important for Sydney to hold onto the draw. The keeper still waits for a clean sheet in the Asian Champions League.
Paulo Retre - 5
Retre simply couldn’t handle the Japanese wingers as he struggled to block any crosses. His first touch was poor going forward however he put in a crucial last minute tackle to deny Kashima a second.
Aaron Calver - 6
A super block of Yuma Suzuki’s shot in the fourth minute kept the result slipping away from the Sky Blues too early. A number of confident tackles in the second half.
Alex Wilkinson - 6
A much better second half performance as Wilkinson took charge and organised Sydney’s back line as well as Brillante in front of him.
Luke Wilkshire - 6
A poor start put the Sky Blues on the back foot early with two threatening crosses coming from his right side in the opening ten minutes. He brought some fire into the team performance providing the assist for the equaliser with twenty minutes to go.