Bruce Djite of Adelaide United and Zoran Rendulic of Pohang Steelers compete for the ball during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Pohang Steelers and Adelaide United at Pohang Steelyard on April 3, 2012 in Pohang, South Korea.
Bruce Djite of Adelaide United and Zoran Rendulic of Pohang Steelers compete for the ball during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Pohang Steelers and Adelaide United at Pohang Steelyard on April 3, 2012 in Pohang, South Korea. Getty Images

Rusty Reds ready

ADELAIDE United has not played a game in more than two weeks.

Not the ideal preparation for tonight's tough AFC Champions League showdown against the Pohang Steelers at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The last game Adelaide played was against tonight's opponents in Korea, a game it lost 1-0 following a mistake from goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic early in the second half.

That was Adelaide's first loss in the competition, and Galekovic said he wasn't haunted by the blunder.

"It's time to make amends and I've got a chance to do that," the skipper said. "It (the mistake) is one of those things that you have to get out of your system and forget about it.

"This is a massive game for both teams - we've both got the same points.

"They are going to want to win as much as we do because whoever wins is one step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages."

Adelaide will be without midfielder Dario Vidosic, who hasn't recovered from a hamstring strain picked up against the Steelers.

The Central Coast Mariners will also be in action tonight when they play Seongnam in Korea.

Graham Arnold's men have the chance to regroup after their agonising A-League preliminary final loss to Perth on Saturday.

The Mariners have just three draws in the ACL competition to date, but with one eye on the A-League grand final, Arnold chose to rest several of his senior players in those matches.

Victory tonight would give Central Coast a great chance to finish in the top two in group and advance to the knockout stages.



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