Simon who hasn't scored in the A-League since 2016 - and last hit the back of the net in the ACL nine years ago - restored parity in the 70th minute.

It was a much stronger second half by the Sky Blues after a defensive error by Josh Brillante gifted the Group H leaders a goal hrough Mu Kanazaki just before the half hour.

Sittingon two points from four matches, Graham Arnold's men will need to win their remaining two matches and hope other results fall their way if they are to advance from the group.

Speaking post-match Simon said: "Any other day you come here and get a point you'd be pretty happy but I think it's disappointing for our team.

"We prepared quite well and I think, again, a key moment in the match cost us. So, disappointed not to get all three points."

Sydney were without a host of starting XI players for the match: Bobo, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O'Neill and Michael Zullo all absent.

David Carney was also missing and their place Matt Simon, Paulo Retre,Β Anthony Kalik and Chris Zuvela on his senior team debut.

Next up for the A-League leaders is Suwon Bluewings away.

Simon added: "We've got a couple of league games coming up first so we'll prepare for that first and then look at the Korea game.

"It will be the same as all the other games we've had in the group, I think we haven't been out played so, we'll prepare the same and get ready for the trip over there."