BRISBANE Roar have joined Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United in the AFC Champions League group stages following an upset 2-0 away win over cashed-up Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
Outsiders going into the contest against a Shenhua side include Argentine star Carlos Tevez, the Roar were in command from the outset, taking the lead in just the second minute through their in-form winger Brandon Borrello.
The hosts never recovered, with Tommy Oar adding the Roar’s second goal five minutes before half-time.
Brisbane could even afford missing a sitter in stoppage-time when skipper Matt McKay somehow failed to nudge the ball into an open goal after being picked out by substitute Nick D’Agostino.
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The Roar’s win put them in Group E of the Champions League.
Their three opponents will be Japanese club Kashima Antlers, Thai outfit Muangthong United and South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai, whose squad will include former Brisbane attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos, who made the move only this week.
Adelaide, the 2016 A-League champions, and last year’s beaten grand finalists Western Sydney qualified for the Champions League group stages automatically.
The Wanderers are in Group F with FC Seoul (South Korea), Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) and Shanghai SIPG (China)
Adelaide’s Group H rivals are Jiangsu Suning (China), Jeju United (South Korea) and Gamba Osaka (Japan).
The Roar’s road to the group stages included a 6-0 thrashing of Filipino outfit Global FC at Suncorp Stadium last week, when Borrello scored four goals.