April 08, 2015 12:29:47 UK
Western Sydney Wanderers had a huge slice of luck as they drew 1-1 with FC Seoul in their Asian Champions League clash in Parramatta.
Last year’s tournament MVP Ante Covic got the benefit of the ACL not using goal-line technology as Seoul were denied a goal late on which would have badly dented Wanderers’ prospects of qualifying.
A long-range deflected strike forced Covic into an acrobatic save, but replays suggested the ball rolled over the goal-line before the keeper pulled it back. The officials were too far away or unsighted and the goal was not given.
The result means the second qualification place in Group H will only be settled in the final round of fixtures on 5th May. Wanderers and Seoul have the same number of points, with the South Koreans now edging Tony Popovic’s side in the table courtesy of their away goal.
Western Sydney managed to put their abysmal A-League form to one side and produced an excellent first half that deserved more than the one goal they managed.
Kerem Bulut, who has recorded the second-most shots on goal of any player in the tournament, again showed his attacking prowess to put his side ahead on 12 minutes.
Iacopo La Rocca sent a high ball towards Labinot Haliti and when the ball broke Bulut lashed it past keeper Kim Yong Dae.
The visitors were more than a match for Wanderers after the break, though, and thoroughly deserved their equaliser. Mauricio Molina had already rattled the crossbar before substitute Go Yo-han drew them level with 18 minutes left.
Cha Du Ri laid the ball off to Everton Santos and from his low cross Go gave Covic no chance.
Popovic said: “We totally dominated the first half, and it was pleasing to see we can do that at this level, and how the group is evolving.
“We controlled the tempo and were very good – the only disappointment is not going in three up at half-time.”
Wanderers are 2.80 to win their next game against Central Coast Mariners, who are 2.50 with the draw 3.25.
Western Sydney are 4.33 to beat the Mariners by a one-goal margin.
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