Aaron Mooy scores on his debut for Shanghai SIPG

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Aaron Mooy made his debut for Shanghai SIPG last night after getting through his mandatory quarantine, and he vitally swung the game in favor of SIPG.


Aaron Mooy didn't expect to play, but came off the bench to make his debut

Aaron Mooy hasn't been long out of his mandatory two week quarantine since his move to Shanghai SIPG, therefore he wasn't expecting to get on the pitch to face Wuhan Zall as he had only been with his team mates for a couple of days. 

Mooy was called on to enter the match as a second half substitute, and even though he said that he wasn't 100 percent fit after the match, he still managed to score on his debut. Former Chelsea player Oscar played him a nice through ball into the box, Mooy got to the ball before the on rushing keeper and played a nice little dink over the top of him. 

Marko Arnautovic put SIPG ahead before Mooy made it 2-0, Wuhan managed to pull a goal back to make it 2-1, but SIPG held on to win the game. 


Playing in Asia with Australia will help me settle in China

Mooy declared that playing in Asia with Australia will help him settle into the Chinese Super League (CSL) because he knew what to expect from Asian football before he agreed to move to SIPG. 

Mooy said, "With Australia we play in Asia and play against Asian teams so I sort of knew what the feeling was going to be like," reflecting on his successful debut. 

This is also one of the key reasons why he was such an attractive transfer for a side like SIPG. There is a foreigner limit in most Asian leagues because they apply the general rule put in place by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). However, an exception to this rule is you can play an extra foreign player if they're from an AFC confederation nation, which Mooy is. There are some quirks from country to country but that is the gist of it in general.

Getting a player who fits into this Asian foreigner category that has played at such a high level like Mooy is an astute decision from SIPG. Mooy is also a key player for Australia so will have played in a host of Asian countries considering he has 43 caps and 6 goals, including a host of World Cup finals appearances. SIPG will be hoping to see a lot more performances like this from Mooy as they look like they're going to win the title again (or given the title as a CFA favourite).

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