Shandong Luneng’s target down to last group match against Sriwijaya

Shandong Luneng’s target of progressing to the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League comes down to tonight’s final group match.

The Chinese club face Indonesian outfit Sriwijaya at the Jaka Baring Stadium needing at least a point, and for FC Seoul to be beaten by Gamba Osaka in the other Group F clash, to qualify for the next phase.

Shandong coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic says he will stop at nothing to reach his goal.

“I have stressed that our target is to secure a spot in the next round and we are ready to have it at the expense of our opponents,” said Tumbakovic.

“We will stop at nothing and the game is what this competition is about.

“Everything is going down to this match and my players know it.”

Sriwijaya coach Rahmad Darmawan hopes his side puts on a strong display in front of home fans.

“First and foremost, our fans deserve something better as they have been brilliant for us the entire season,” said Darmawan.

“Secondly, we must keep showing our resilience at all levels because we have become a big Indonesian team with our achievements in the last few years and people need to see it.

“Our opponents are equally strong, but we believe that we will fare better against Shandong this time around and with the support of our fans.”

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