The Mariners' opponents for next Tuesday’s 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off was decided overnight with firm favourites Guangzhou R&F comfortably silencing Singapore Warriors 3-0 in China.
Chinese international Jiang Zhipeng opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half for Cosmin Contra’s side before goals from Jang Hyun-soo and Zhang Shuo in the 60th and 73rd minutes respectively ensured Guangzhou advanced to next week's match in Gosford.
Friday night’s Hyundai A-League match against Brisbane Roar is still the immediate focus for the Mariners although Phil Moss’ men can keep one eye on next Tuesday’s fixture where members and fans will be able to attend for the lean price of $10 per person.
Tuesday night’s match is crucial for the Mariners where a win will see the yellow and navy progress through to their fifth AFC Champions League Group Stage proper and face off against Gamba Osaka (Japan), Seongnam F.C. (South Korea) and Buriram United F.C. (Thailand) in Group F.
The ‘Blue Lions’ of Guangdong, China present a challenge at home for the Mariners having finished third in the 2014 instalment of the Chinese Super League led by former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Guangzhou’s newly appointed Romanian head coach Cosmin Contra will arrive on the Central Coast with a wealth of playing experience under his belt having played for A.C. Milan, Atletico Madrid and Getafe. Contra is hoping to make his mark in Asia’s premier club competition with the 2015 AFC Champions League acting as his first competitive spell with Guangzhou.
Contra’s playing roster is made up predominantly of Chinese players but during the offseason Guangzhou R&F recruited Spanish midfielder ‘Michel’ from Getafe who was on loan to Liga BBVA outfit, Valencia CF.
To purchase your $10 ticket for next Tuesday’s AFC Champions League qualifying play-off CLICK HERE and for any further information about the fixture please contact the club on (02) 4353 7200.
- Tuesday 17 February 2015
- Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
- Kick-off: 7.30pm
- Gates open: 6.30pm
- Tickets: Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the match
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- Watch: Live on FOX SPORTS 4