Roar player Brandon Borrello celebrates his four goals against Global FC.
Roar player Brandon Borrello celebrates his four goals against Global FC. DAVE HUNT

Focus on Sydney before taking on Tevez and Co.

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar has set up a clash with Shanghai Shenhua and the world's highest-paid footballer, Carlos Tevez, after a 6-0 thrashing of Global FC in its Asian Champions League qualifier at Suncorp Stadium.

John Aloisi's men will travel to China next Wednesday in a winner-takes-all playoff game in an attempt to reach the Asian Champions League group stage.

Shenhua, the former home of Socceroos top scorer Tim Cahill, is one of the biggest clubs in the Chinese Super League and as well as Tevez, who earns a reported $41 million a year, features Colombian internationals Fredy Guarin, Giovanni Moreno and Nigerian star Obafemi Martins.

Aloisi was trying to keep a lid on things ahead of next week's game, saying tomorrow's A-League clash with unbeaten leader Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium was his highest priority now.

"Our main focus now is Sydney FC," the Roar coach said.

"Everyone will be putting their hand up for Friday night.

"It's a big game for us and hopefully we can keep that winning run going."

The Roar was clinical on Tuesday night against Filipino outfit Global FC, which was the first club from its country to qualify for the playoff stages of the competition.

Brandon Borrello was the star, scoring four times to become the first Australian to score four in an ACL game.

Spaniard Manuel Arana added a double, his first for the club, as the Roar eased home.

Aloisi said he would split his squad in two as looked to field sides for both the ACL clash in China next Wednesday and the A-League game at Melbourne City three days later.

Borrello said the players were looking forward to the challenge wherever and whoever they played.

"With all that excitement comes a little bit of pressure," he said.

"But with the squad we've got all the players want to play no matter who is going to be there."

News Corp Australia


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