The Western Sydney Wanderers have claimed the first win by a Hyundai A-League club in this season’s AFC Champions League following a 3-2 triumph away to FC Seoul on Wednesday night.
A maiden ACL goal from young striker Lachlan Scott opened the scoring, while Terry Antonis put the visitors two goals to the good from the penalty spot before the break.
The Wanderers extended their lead after the interval when they punished FC Seoul on the counter, with Jaushua Sotirio applying a composed finish to seemingly put the result beyond doubt.
However a sublime brace from Korea Republic international Yun Il-Lok in a six minute period midway through the second stanza ensured a grandstand finish.
FC Seoul threw everything they had in attack in the closing stages, with Il-Lok coming close to sealing a hat-trick, however the Wanderers defence held strong to secure a valuable three points.
The result lifts Tony Popovic’s side to third in Group F and they’ll be confident of banking another win when they welcome FC Seoul to Campbelltown Stadium on Matchday 4 next month.
0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Lachlan Scott, 24’
Terry Antonis made an incisive run through the home side’s defence before teeing up Scott, who showed great footwork to flick the ball over the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.
0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers: Terry Antonis (pen.) 40’
Defender Shin Kwang-Hoon was ruled to have handled the ball in the box following an attempted cross from Jack Clisby. Antonis stepped up to the spot and produced a cheeky panenka to beat the keeper.
0-3 Western Sydney Wanderers: Jaushua Sotirio, 63’
The Wanderers hit the home side on the counter with a beautiful ball from Mitch Nichols playing in Sotirio who chipped the onrushing Yoo Hyun and found the back of the net.
1-3 FC Seoul: Yun Il-Lok, 66’
The home side pulled a goal back when Il-Lok was fed on the left flank, with the 25-year-old shifting the ball onto his left foot and beating Janjetovic at his near post with a rasping shot.
2-3 FC Seoul: Yun Il-Lok, 72′
The midfielder nutmegged Kearyn Baccus at the top of the box to create some space before cracking a shot that left Janjetovic rooted to the spot as it flew inside the post.
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