McGowan ACL slip proves costly

Ryan McGowan’s slip proved costly on a mixed night for our Socceroos hopefuls on match day four of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

McGowan, who is vying for a spot in Ange Postecoglou’s back four in Brazil, slipped at the crucial moment while attempting a regulation clearance on the edge of the penalty area, leading to the opening goal.

It was a difficult night for McGowan’s Shandong Luneng who shipped four goals in a 4-2 loss to Pohang Steelers at home.

The Australian was hauled off on 82 minutes with his side 4-0 down, before two late consolation goals.

Elsewhere, fellow Socceroos defensive contender Alex Wilkinson put in a gutsy shift as 10-man Jeonbuk Motors held out reigning Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0.

Mitch Nichols had an impact as a 54th minute substitute, as Cerezo Osaka came from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw away to Buriram United.

On Tuesday night, Alex Brosque, who has fallen out of favour under Postecoglou, spurned a hatful of chances as Al Ain claimed a 2-2 draw away to Tractor Sazi.

Brosque fluffed his side’s best chance in the first half, firing over after being released by Omar Abdulrahman.