Reds Champions League win a first for Australian clubs

Adelaide United has made Australian football history by progressing through to the semi finals of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.

Adelaide United has made Australian football history by progressing through to the semi finals of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.

The Reds are the first Australian club to make it past the quarter finals after their 1-0 victory over Japanese club Kashima Antlers thanks to a Robert Cornthwaite header in the 73rd minute.

Taking a 1-1 away draw into the return leg, Adelaide had an away goal advantage over the Antlers and needed a win or scoreless draw to make it past the quarter final stage.

Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar was over the moon for his club and pleased with the way his players went about it.

He said, “For a club team in this competition to get to the semi final stage is an incredible achievement.

“The way we went about it was really pleasing. We probably could have had a couple of goals in the first half and they created some chances as well so it thought it was a really high quality, entertaining game.

“There was a bit of a catch cry at the beginning of the game that I put on the board about let’s shock Asia and I think certainly tonight we’ve done that.”

The Reds will now meet Bunyodkor (formerly Kuruvchi) of Uzbekistan who boast former Brazilian star Rivaldo in next month’s semi final legs.

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