The Wanderers will be desperate to bounce back after their heartbreak against Cruz Azul when they face the African champions on Thursday morning in their final game at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Thursday, 18 December 2014 (AEDT)
Le Grand Stade de Marrakech
Kick-Off: 4.30pm (Local) (3.30am AEDT)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 Ante COVIC, 2 Shannon COLE, 3 Daniel MULLEN, 4 Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5 Brendan HAMILL, 6 Antony GOLEC, 7 Labinot HALITI, 8 Mateo POLJAK, 9 Tomi JURIC, 10 Vitor SABA, 12 Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 16 Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17 Romeo CASTELEN, 18 Iacopo LA ROCCA, 19 Mark BRIDGE, 20 Dean BOUZANIS, 22 Seyi ADELEKE, 23 Jason TRIFIRO, 31 Alusine FOFANAH, 32 Daniel ALESSI, 35 Kearyn BACCUS, 40 Thomas HEWARD-BELLE
ES Setif 1 Sofiiane KHEDAIRIA, 3 Sofiane YOUNES, 4 Said ARROUSSI, 6 Amine MEGATELI, 8 Ahmed GASMI, 9Mohamed BENVETTOU, 10 Akram DJAHNIT, 13 Sid ALI LAMRI, 16 Mohamed RAIT, 17 Benjamin ZE ONDO, 18 Lyes BOUKRIA, 19 Abdelmalek ZIAVA, 20 Farid MELLOULI, 21 Issam BAOUZ, 22 Omar SAADOUNE, 23 Zahir NEMDIL, 24 Abderaouf BELHANI, 25 El Hedj BELAMEIRI, 26 Mohamed LAGRAA, 29 Toufik ZERARA, 30 Eudes DAGOULOU, 35 Sofiane BOUCHAR, 91 Ilves KORBIAA
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC will be playing for pride and hoping to rediscover some form for the Hyundai A-League when they take on African champions ES Setif at the FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday morning (AEDT).
The two sides meet in the play-off for fifth spot and won’t want to finish the competition as the only team to lose both of their matches at the tournament.
After a heart-breaking quarter-final loss to Cruz Azul on Sunday, Wanderers boss Tony Popovic has a big job on his hands to not only lift the spirit of his squad but also freshen them up after a gruelLing 120 minutes in Rabat.
The AFC champions League winners were just a couple of minutes away from a dream tie against Real Madrid before a dramatic twist which saw them eventually lose with just nine men in extra-time.
It will be interesting to see how the Wanderers respond to that and if they can put aside their disappointment and anger surrounding the manner of the defeat played in near monsoonal conditions and a water-logged pitch.
Popovic will have to re-jig his defence with the likes of Daniel Mullen, Antony Golec and Daniel Alessi all in contention for a start to cover the absence of Socceroos pair.
Striker Tomi Juric could also come in after starting on the bench against Cruz Azul, while Jason Trifiro, Kearyn Baccus, Jaushua Sotirio and Vitor Saba are options if there are a few tired bodies among the group.
It will be a similar story for ES Setif, who were shock 1-0 losers to part-timers Auckland City in their quarter-final.
The side knows an Les Aigles Noirs had serious designs on a minimum semi-final berth and will want to salvage some pride as the first Algerian side to take part in the competition.
What they said:
“We’re always trying to improve. Our aim now is to finish fifth, which isn’t so bad. We need to end the year in style by beating ES Setif.” – Wanderers defender Seyi Adeleke.
“I hope we get a positive result. In any case, the experience we will have gained through these matches at the Club World Cup is invaluable.” ES Setif coach Kheireddine Madoui.