It took him less than a minute to get on the scoresheet against Newcastle on Saturday, but Central Coast defender Eddy Bosnar knows he faces a tougher task away to Beijing Guoan.
Fresh off their 3-1 A-League derby win over the Jets, the Mariners have arrived in the Chinese capital to take on Beijing Guoan in their Asian Champions League (ACL) clash on Wednesday.
Bosnar gave the Mariners a dream start on Saturday with his long-range screamer putting them in front just seconds into the match.
He’s hoping for repeat performance on Wednesday, but having spent half a season in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou R&F last year, he’s all too aware how intimidating the atmosphere against one of China’s toughest teams can be.
A far cry from the less than 8,000 fans who turned out to watch the F3 derby at Central Coast Stadium, more than 30,000 are expected to fill the stands at Beijing Workers Stadium on Wednesday in support of the home side.
“Beijing Guoan are a really good team,” Bosnar said.
“So I think we are in for a very tough game, and I think this will be our toughest away game in the ACL due to all the games that we have played recently, the crowd, the stadium it can be very hard here especially if you don’t get a good start.”
As a defender, Bosnar knows he’ll have his work cut out for him.
Beijing boast the likes of Ecuadorian Joffre Guerron and speedy Nigerian Peter Utaka in their attack, while Korean international Ha Dae-sung is a danger in midfield.
“Their foreigners are particularly good. I think the two boys up front are really good, especially Utaka with his speed,” Bosnar said.
“Their South Korean midfielder, Ha Dae-sung, is a Korean national team player and was the captain of FC Seoul last year a team that nearly won the Champions League.”
The Mariners are currently in second place in Group F on three points following a loss and a win in their opening two games.
Phil Moss’ side defeated J-League heavyweights Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 in Gosford last Tuesday.