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Brisbane Roar knock Shanghai Shenhua out of AFC Champions League

Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez failed to impress in his competitive debut for Shanghai Shenhua, as his team were knocked out of the 2017 AFC Champions League following a 2-0 defeat to Brisbane Roar on Wednesday.

The Chinese Super League club were deal a major blow in their first game of the season, as goals from Brandon Borrello and Tommy Oar saw the Australian club advance to the group stage of the AFC Champions League, leaving Shanghai Shenhua to focus on their domestic competitions.

Brisbane Roar took the lead after just two minutes when Tommy Oar ran down the left wing and provided a pin-point cross for Borrello to volley home.

Carlos Tevez, reportedly the world’s highest paid footballer, failed to inspire for much of the first half, but his new teammate Obafemi Martins looked sharp in attack. The Nigerian attacker had two chances in the first half but failed to score on both occasions.

However, five minutes before the interval, Borrello turned provider as he picked out Oar with a simple pass for the Australian midfielder to score.

Brisbane Roar survived an onslaught from Shanghai Shenhua in the second half, despite both Tevez and Martins came close, to record an impressive victory at the Hongkou Stadium.

The A-League club will face Japan’s Kashima Antlers, Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea and Muangthong United from Thailand in the group stage of the competition.