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Wanderers survive last test to beat Seoul 3-2 and revive ACL hopes

By Emma Kemp, Emma Kemp is a Roar Guru

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    Western Sydney have survived a late onslaught to defeat FC Seoul 3-2 and resurrect their ghastly Asian Champions League campaign.

    Terry Antonis assisted Lachlan Scott’s debut ACL goal before adding his own name to the scoresheet via a well-taken first-half penalty in Korea, before Jaushua Sotirio scored after the break to secure a first win by an Australian club in this year’s tournament.

    The win did not come without a late test of nerves though. Yun Il-Lok bagged a brace to put the defending K-League champions right back in it with nearly 20 minutes to play.

    Both sides entered Wednesday night’s group-stage clash armed with zero points and the knowledge that the loser could all but mathematically say goodbye to a knockout-stage berth.

    The Wanderers, in stark contrast to their prior two dismal defeats, looked comfortable and pressed diligently on the rough pitch.

    A rare 11-day turnaround would have helped, so too that Seoul were off their game for a good chunk of the contest – save for a bullet header from Montenegrin striker Dejan Damjanovic that rattled the crossbar early.

    But the hosts’ unhurried play from the back was soon punished when Antonis burst free and slipped a through-ball to Scott.

    The hardworking 19-year-old, coach Tony Popovic’s third striker in as many ACL games, finished instinctively with a helping hand from the post and goalkeeper Yoo Hyun.

    The industrious Demjanovic took an immediate but marginally high stab at a long-range equaliser, but it wasn’t long before Seoul were down another.

    They had reason to feel aggrieved too, when Shin Kwang-Hoon was somewhat harshly adjudged to have handballed, but Antonis duly obliged from the spot.

    Sotirio made it three just after the hour off a terrific Mitch Nichols through ball, but almost as soon as he’d lobbed over the on-rushing Yoo, Seoul awoke.

    Yun wrongfooted Brendan Hamill and flicked the ball from an acute angle past Janjetovic at his near post.

    He wasn’t done there, soon nutmegging Kearyn Baccus in a superb finish from outside the area, as the hosts made the Wanderers work until the end.

    Popovic hailed the “fantastic result”.

    “3-0 was very comfortable for us, but in the end we had to defend very well – FC Seoul kept pushing and pushing,” he said.

    “But when you score three goals away from home you should win the match.”

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    • Roar Guru

      March 16th 2017 @ 7:17am
      Kaks said | March 16th 2017 @ 7:17am | ! Report

      I wonder if we’re going to have a plethora of knee jerk articles declaring how good junior Australian football talent is after young Scott, Sotirio and Antonis scored in Asia because of one win.

      No? Thought not. Only the doom and gloom after one loss for the clicks.

      • March 16th 2017 @ 8:37am
        Fadida said | March 16th 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

        Exactly. The 6th place Australian side just beat the Korean champions away.

        I’m confused. Does it mean the A-league is still dead?

        FFA out!

        • March 16th 2017 @ 12:25pm
          vin said | March 16th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          point taken fadida,
          theres nothing wrong with analysing bad results and previous failures.

          nothing wrong with debating aleague expansion, and having a pre-requisite of qualifying for the Olympics, youth u20 and u17 worls cups as we had in the past.

          • March 16th 2017 @ 10:35pm
            Swanny said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

            Fold the k league

            Long live the A league

          • March 16th 2017 @ 10:37pm
            Swanny said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

            If only we could qualify through Oceania again for youth team tournaments . Would u be happy then . Asia is tougher , that’s what we wanted . Not the easy path

        • March 16th 2017 @ 1:49pm
          Chris said | March 16th 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

          I’ve heard the K-League is folding as a consequence of last nights result

          • March 16th 2017 @ 10:25pm
            Midfielder said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:25pm | ! Report


      • March 16th 2017 @ 10:38am
        Midfielder said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        well said

    • March 16th 2017 @ 8:57am
      Waz said | March 16th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      Two good results last night and I thought Adelaide were a little unlucky not to win as well. Wanderers came as a bit of a surprise, they looked more like their old selves although they endured drama right to the death and nearly snatched a draw from the jaws of victory lol. No doubt the break helped, let’s have s bit more of that next season please

      • March 16th 2017 @ 9:01am
        Fadida said | March 16th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        I just saw the AU score, bottom placed Australian side drawing with top placed Korean side.

        Where are the 100+ comments and the sky-is-falling headlines this morning?

        As FFA were blamed for the previous poor results, by the extent of the same logic let me just congratulate them on this round of results. 🙂

        • March 16th 2017 @ 9:08am
          Post_hoc said | March 16th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

          so true, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. Nothing from Bozza or Rudan this morning?

        • Roar Rookie

          March 16th 2017 @ 10:46am
          At work said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

          Some screamers in the Adelaide game too!

        • March 16th 2017 @ 12:56pm
          Waz said | March 16th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

          The FFA need to be congratulated for introducing the split round. We need more breaks for ACL teams, better scheduling (Roar are playing away in Perth TWICE and Adelaide once during their ACL schedule – how come??), and an adherence to safety guidelines which means rescheduling games for safety reasons.

          The ffa are the only organisation with the ability to make these changes which is why they come in for criticism.

          • March 16th 2017 @ 1:07pm
            Nemesis said | March 16th 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

            Better scheduling – YES

            More split rounds – NO

            Why should non-ACL teams & fans be disadvantaged with no football?

            Just give the ACL participating teams maximum time between matches. And, give them home ALeague games before ACL away games.

            • March 16th 2017 @ 10:39pm
              Swanny said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

              Split rounds when needed , because there should be reward for being in the Acl
              not punished by f f a .

        • March 16th 2017 @ 4:26pm
          Realfootball said | March 16th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

          Sorry Fad, am trapped under fallen sky and have limited internet access.

          • March 16th 2017 @ 5:52pm
            Fadida said | March 16th 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      March 16th 2017 @ 10:02am
      tully101 said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

      Well played wanderers, altought cost me my multi!!!

    • March 16th 2017 @ 10:24am
      Lionheart said | March 16th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

      Good results for the A League teams. OK, a bit of luck with the penalty for Wanderers but can’t say they didn’t deserve the result. Pleased for both teams.

    • March 16th 2017 @ 11:01am
      Midfielder said | March 16th 2017 @ 11:01am | ! Report

      Boy we have some nay sayers in Australian Football… hope we go to 10 and they write positive and talk up the game…

    • March 16th 2017 @ 11:14am
      Dan said | March 16th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

      Anyone think Adelaide or WSW can still qualify?

      • March 16th 2017 @ 1:19pm
        Post_hoc said | March 16th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

        very remote

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