CUT DOWN: The Wanderers’ Iacopo La Rocca is tackled by Lee Sang-hyeob.
CUT DOWN: The Wanderers’ Iacopo La Rocca is tackled by Lee Sang-hyeob. Ahn Young-Joonaap

Wanderers hold firm to edge closer to final

FOOTBALL: The Western Sydney Wanderers could be just 90 minutes away from a fairytale Asian Champions League final berth after a gritty nil-all away draw to FC Seoul in the first leg of their semi-final.

What made the result even more admirable was the fact the Western Sydney team did it without suspended players Tomi Juric, Brendon Santalab and Shannon Cole.

The return leg will be played at Parramatta Stadium in two weeks.

A win in that game would make them the first Australian club to make the Champions League final on their first attempt.

After enjoying large chunks of possession early on, the Wanderers were soon under pressure as the home side upped the tempo.

Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo brought on his South American playmakers Everton Santos and Mauricio Molina at the break, but the visitors' organisation and structure held firm.


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