Tim Cahill’s Shanghai Shenhua have taken a significant step towards winning the Chinese FA Cup after picking up a draw in the first leg of the final away again Jiangsu Shuntian overnight.
The Socceroo talisman played a full match but was unable to find the breakthrough for his side, who were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw.
But the result means Shanghai need only to win the second leg in front of their home fans at a packed Hongkou Stadium next Sunday to win the FA Cup.
Victory would be huge for the club, who haven’t won major honours for 17 years.
An FA Cup triumph would also see Shanghai Shenhua qualify for next year’s AFC Champions League and a potential match-up against a Hyundai A-League club.
Champions Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Adelaide United will be the A-League’s representatives in the 2016 competition.
Cahill has been in superb form of late and scored four goals in the Socceroos’ recent two FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh respectively.It’s taken his international tally to an impressive 45 goals in just 88 appearances for the green and gold.
Heat, humidity, altitude and air miles: what the Caltex Socceroos can expect on the road to Qatar
The Caltex Socceroos? road to Qatar 2022 is likely to be a long and winding one, featuring intense heat, humidity, altitude and countless air miles. Having received a bye through their first round of Asian Football Confederation qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2022, Graham Arnol
‘I’m loving being back’: Behich beams about return to Turkey
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich has his sights set on Champions League football with new club ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir FK after making a ?smooth transition? back into Turkish Football. After spending last season in Holland at PSV Eindhoven, Behich has returned to Turkey where
Gary van Egmond names maiden Young Socceroos squad
New Young Socceroos Head Coach Gary van Egmond today named his maiden squad in charge of Australia?s under-20 men?s national football team. Van Egmond has selected 30 players for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Sunday, 28 July 2019 to Fri
Behich: Caltex Socceroos can ‘make a statement in Asia’ on the road to Qatar
Aziz Behich has vowed the Caltex Socceroos are ready to ?make a statement in Asia? during their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign. The group stage of the second round of Asian Football Confederation qualifiers was drawn on Wednesday night and pitted Australia up against