Mariners Focus On Champions League

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Central Coast Mariners


Guangzhou R&F

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Tuesday February 17 – 6:30 PM (AEST)




Following Australia's recent success in the Asian Cup, the Central Coast Mariners host China's Guangzhou R&F in a one-off AFC Champions League qualifier at Gosford Stadium on Tuesday night.

The winner of this encounter will progress into the main draw of the competition.

Third-last and six points out of finals contention in the A-League, CCM have endured a mixed run of late, in a season which hasn't really clicked. The Mariners head into this match after a 2-0 loss to Brisbane Roar and a 5-1 drubbing by Sydney FC sandwiched between two victories. With their chances of success in the domestic competition looking grim, perhaps this is a chance for coach Phil Moss to steel his troops and salvage something from a disappointing campaign.

The visitors' form (though not all of it from this season) looks impressive, with four wins and a draw from their last five outings. They arrived in Australia with two players who took part in the Asian Cup for different countries. Left-back Jiang Zhipeng played in all three group games for China before missing the quarter-final against the Socceroos because of suspension. Mid-fielder Jang Hyun-soo played every match for South Korea, including the final against Australia.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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