Stalemate for Sky Blues

Sydney FC were held to a goalless draw by Korean side Ulsan Hyundai in their opening game of the Asian Champions League.

The Sky Blues dominated the game at Jubilee Oval, but couldn't convert any of their chances in a match where the teams were hampered by a fierce wind.

It was a frustrating start to their Group H campaign, and only 4,039 fans were on hand to support last seasons' A-League minor premiers.

Adam le Fondre had their first chance after seven minutes, forcing keeper Oh Seung-Hoon into action, and he glanced a header narrowly wide from Michael Zullo's cross soon after.

The former Reading striker was off-target with a chip shot from the edge of the area and then turned provider just before the break, when he flicked on Rhyan Grant's cross to the far post where Reza Ghoochannejhad was unable to finish.

The home side continued to press after the break, with midfielder Anthony Caceres' powerfully struck shot from the edge of the area bringing a save from Oh.

The Korean keeper fumbled a cross in the wind on 64 minutes, but the ball was cleared before Ghoochannejhad could score.

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque, who replaced the Iranian striker soon afterwards, tried a half-volley from distance but was off target, while the near-gale conditions caused big problems for the players in the latter stages, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

The Sky Blues next travel to Japan to take on Kawasaki Frontale, who lost their opening game 1-0 to Shanghai SIPG.

The Sky Blues are 1/1 to win their next A-League game against Melbourne City, who are 11/4, with the draw 12/5.

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