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Sydney FC keep ACL knockout hopes alive with stunning win over Suwon Bluewings

Sydney FC kept their AFC Champions League knockout stage hopes alive on Tuesday night with a stunning 4-1 win over Suwon Bluewings in South Korea.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute as Milos Ninkovic sent a clever lob over goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong into the unguarded net from 30 metres out. Their celebrations did not last long, however, as Suwon striker Dejan Damjanovic equalized just 30 seconds later.

The Sky Blues regained their lead via Adrian Mierzejewski’s free kick, which found an unmarked Brosque at the near post a minute after the half-hour mark.

Adrian Mierzejewski added to the scoresheet on the 79th minute, before substitute Bobo sealed the 4-1 victory for the Australia side.

The win lifts Sydney to five points, still two points behind Suwon in Group H.

In two weeks, the reigning A-League champions will face a must-win match against Shanghai Shenhua, who were eliminated from knockout tournament contention with a game to spare after drawing 2-2 with Kashima Antlers at home.

Sydney will also need some help from Antlers, who will host Suwon having already booked passage to the round of 16.