A glorious injury time volley from Mark Bridge delivered Sydney an exhilarating 3-2 win over Shanghai Shenhua to keep their 2011 AFC Champions League hopes alive at Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai on Tuesday night.
Sydney FC led for just two minutes and came from behind twice in a courageous performance that sees the Sky Blues move just one point behind Kashima and Suwon with away games against both the leaders still to come.
Bruno Cazarine scored twice before Mark Bridge won the match in the 92nd minute, capping off one of the clubs greatest ever victories.
“We are all so happy after that win and that performance. We showed excellent character after coming from being a goal twice. It was a special performance and I am so proud of our team,” coach Vitezslav Lavicka said.
“They are a very good team. We knew that and they showed that by going ahead twice but we fought hard. Our second half performance was one of true character.
“We punished the Shanghai defence three times. We are all very happy right now. We are still alive.”
They currently sit third on the Group H table and are now just a point behind top two teams Suwon Bluewings and Kashima Antlers.