Corica brilliance

This is one of Steve Corica's meanest feats yet. Sydney become the third A-League team to face Shanghai in the Sleepless City and the first not to get resoundingly demolished. To put it in context, Shanghai have never even lost an ACL match at home.

The 2-2 draw was well-deserved - the Sky Blues registered 11 shots to SIPG's 20, sure. But five on target to their nine, 47% possession and 426 to 455 passes at 85% accuracy borders on a tactical masterclass away in Asia. 

It's not just in the ACL that the Silver Fox is delivering the goods, either. Two wins now against Perth Glory, second spot secured, all in his first season. Remember, this is a squad that lost three bonafide stars at the beginning of the season and has suffered big injuries throughout the campaign.

Alright, I'll stop, I'm gushing. But I was critical of Corica at the beginning of the season when they seemed stunted and they lost to Wellington Phoenix - I even questioned the assistant coach to manager shuffle. 

Only fair I eat my words.