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Solid performance sees Western Sydney in box seat

Asian Champions League 2014 Match Day Three: Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS) v Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)-slide0
Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Western Sydney are looking in the box seat to advance to the second round of the Asian Champions League as they managed a 1-0 win over Kwasaki Frontale at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday night.

Shinji Ono and Brendan Santalab celebrate
Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Just like Melbourne Victory the evening before, it was an early goal that was enough for the Australian side as the Wanderers opened the scoring just three minutes in to the match.

The rotation policy of Tony Popovic continued to work with just two players surviving from the weekend’s A-League clash, and that policy worked as the Wanderers grabbed the opener early on.

Kwabena Appiah started the move, sending a ball through the Kwasaki Frontale defense that allowed Tomi Juric to shoot, but his shot was poor.

Luckily for the Wanderers the ball fell for Labinot Haliti who was able to score a simple tap-in, that would give Western Sydney a vital lead.

Frontale were ignited by that goal, very nearly finding an instant equalizer as Ante Covic spilled Jun Kanakubo’s shot from distance that allowed Kobayashi Yu to jump on the rebound, but he could only send it on to the side netting.

That would be Kawasaki Frontale’s best chance of the half, as they ended up going in to the break 1-0 down, needing to work much harder in the second half.

The Japanese international Kengo Nakamura came on at half-time in an effort from Frontale to try and take control as he helped the J-League side gain control.

Despite that work the Wanderers were still the side in front with Yu continuing to struggle in front of goal as he continued to miss the target, on regular occasions.

Juric could well have made it two, despite his side being well out played, as he managed a phenomenal overhead kick but it was well denied by a great save from Yohei Nishibe.

With time running out Kawasaki Frontale completely went for the match, throwing everything they had at the Australian premiers but the Wanderers defense was much too strong.

Western Sydney managed to hold on for the final stages and get a vital win as they managed their second win, sitting in a great position to advance.

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