Carlos Tevez's Shanghai Shenhua debut ends in humiliating defeat
By James Walker-Roberts
Last Updated: 17/03/17 4:45pm
Carlos Tevez's Shanghai Shenhua suffered a humiliating early exit in the Asian Champions League play-offs after losing 2-0 to Brisbane Roar.
Tevez became the highest-paid player in the world when he left Boca Juniors to join Shanghai in December.
But he had a debut to forget as Shanghai became the first Chinese Super League side to be eliminated at this stage of the competition.
Brandon Borrello opened the scoring for the Australian A-League side after just two minutes and Tommy Oar added a second before half-time.
The visitors had to survive a second-half onslaught and Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young made a spectacular save to palm an Obafemi Martins effort on to the crossbar.
But John Aloisi's side weathered the storm and it finished 2-0.
While the Australian club asked "Carlos who?" on their official Twitter account, Shanghai manager Gus Poyet was almost at a loss to explain what had gone wrong.
"I am disappointed with the scoreline. The players gave everything they could on the pitch. The first goal was too early, which came like a surprise," he said.
"There were so many great opportunities for us to score but we couldn't convert even one. Such a thing has never happened to me before.
"It would have made more sense if we could have scored one or two goals tonight. I put on one more attacker in the second half. But if we could not put the goal in to their net, the match becomes really difficult for us."
Brisbane now go into the main phase of Asian football's elite club competition and will face Kashima Antlers of Japan, Thailand's Muangthong United and Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea in Group E.