Western Sydney Wanderers are potentially 90 minutes away from reaching the final of Asia’s premier club competition. The Wanderers are hoping to emulate Adelaide United and become only the second Australian team to reach the final of the Asian Champions League.
A scoreless draw a fortnight ago in Korea has left the semi-final with FC Seoul delicately poised going into the second leg at Pirtek Stadium. With away goals determining the winner if scores are level at the end of play the Wanderers must win the game to progress.
A scoreless draw is their only other option – even then that only gives them a penalty shootout. Having not scored in Korea the Wanderers will be nervous every time FC Seoul go on the attack in search of that precious away goal.
Tomi Juric, Brendon Santalab and Shannon Cole will all be available having served one match bans in the first leg. The return of Juric could be especially crucial given that the first leg was the only game in this year’s Champions League where the Wanderers have failed to score.
An away goal is vital for the Koreans as they hope to reach the decider for the second successive season, and they will look to the likes of imports Sergio Escudero and Everton Santos to make a breakthrough. Their domestic season has improved after a slow start, and they are currently on an unbeaten run of 13 games in all competitions.
Wednesday 1st October, Pirtek Stadium Parramatta 19:30
Western Sydney Wanderers v FC Seoul
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