Hyundai A-League teams can rest easy in the knowledge that they will not have to face Tim Cahill in the 2016 AFC Champions League after the Socceroo's Shanghai Shenhua side lost the Chinese FA Cup final 1-0 to Jiangsu Sainty on Sunday.
After a goalless first leg a week previously, the second leg took place at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai packed with fans desperate for a first major trophy since 1998.
Once again, the 90 minutes ended goalless but with just four minutes of extra time remaining Jiangsu's Brazilian born Croatian international Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos grabbed the only goal in 210 minutes of tense action.
There was plenty of action despite the lack of goals. Jiangsu started strongly but Shanghai soon edged their way into the game.
Cahill had a chance early in the second half but had little time to control a ball kicked right at him and the ball trickled wide.
It was a tough game in all senses of the word with challenges flying in and plenty of aggression showed by both sides.
Cahill was one of six players to be booked and the Australian came closest in the first half of extra time, heading just wide.
With four minutes remaining, Sammir broke the deadlock, swapping passes with Sergio Escudero outside the area and running onto the return to sidefoot the ball past Geng Xiaofeng.
The away fans, as well as Jaingsu coach Dan Petrescu celebrated wildly as the home fans stood in silence.
Shanghai continued to push for a goal and substitute Xiong Fel had a header cleared off the line by Escudero and that was as close as it came.
For ex-Chelsea star Dan Petrescu, it was an afternoon to remember. “We knew it would be tough to come to Shanghai and win.
“There are great players here like Tim Cahill and Demba Ba, experienced players who know how to win big games. We kept going until the end and we got the goal. It is something special for our fans who came here and it is a great way to end the season.”
As Shanghai fans shed tears, Jiangsu's waved their mobile phones in the air and celebrated winning a major trophy for the first time in its history.
Not only that but the Nanjing team qualifies for the 2016 AFC Champions League along with Chinese Super League champion Guangzhou Evergrande, runner-up Shanghai SIPG and third-placed Shandong Luneng.
Shanghai will have to wait a little longer.
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