South Melbourne defeat Guangzhou R&F 3-0.
South Melbourne has stunned Chinese Super League club Guangzhou with a three goal thumping at Lakeside Stadium.
“Our international partnerships and football can bring together members of the business community to benefit sport, trade, culture and tourism for both China and here in Melbourne,” South told fourfourtwo.
The goals came from front man Milos Lujic, Kristian Konstantinidis, and Andy Brennan. It was a complete performance under newly announced coach Saša Kolman.
South weren’t the only winners of the night, bookies predicted the Chinese side to thrash the home side at $1.00. Some lucky fans would have gone home with full wallets, after South were paying $20.00 to win.
If the Oceania Club of the Century didn’t have a case for promotion to A-League before, they definitely do now. A-League club Melbourne City played Guangzhou on Tuesday night and were pumped 4-1. To be fair, City were playing a few youngsters, although Bruno Fornaroli, Bruce Kamau, Nick Fitzgerald and Eugene Galekovic were all notable features.
Over the last two years, angst has grown between NPL clubs and Football Federation Australia. It’s clear that a small minority of NPL clubs like South Melbourne are ready for a step into the A-League. The procrastination from the FFA has even caused frustration from A-League clubs – many who are pushing for their independence.