Western Sydney have gone in to their A-League semi-final with some solid momentum as they demolished Guizhou Renhe 5-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night at Parramatta Stadium.
Guizhou fielded a fully reserve side in the match and were comprehensively out played by the Wanderers who tore the Chinese side apart.
It took just six minutes for the Wanderers to hit the lead as Shannon Cole controlled possession in the box and managed an overhead kick to send it past the keeper for the opener.
Western Sydney were all over the Chinese side as they held almost all of the possession and had chance after chance, attacking Guizhou constantly.
In the 14th minute Iacoppo La Rocca saw his tempers boil over and was lucky to not to be sent off as he hit _ Yunlong in the head with a forearm, but was only shown a yellow, which served little warning to La Rocca who continued to defend physically.
After a lull for the middle of the first half, the Wanderers got back control and in the 38th minute Kwabena Appiah-Kubi went close as he hit a powerful shot from the edge of the area but it was saved by the keeper before heading off a Wanderers player for a goal kick.
It was a dominant performance from Western Sydney in the first half, but Renhe did just enough to keep the score down, with the lead being just 1-0 at the break.
Guizhou Renhe started the second half much better getting two solid opportunities in the early stages but the Western Sydney defense and Ante Covic were up to the task.
Western Sydney should have done much better on the hour mark when a free-kick allowed Cole to step up but he sent his effort much too high, letting the Chinese side off the hook.
The Wanderers continued to attack but they couldn’t find a goal until an error in the 74th minute saw Labinot Haliti steal possession and run in to the box, easily putting the ball past the keeper.
But that goal opened the floodgates as an uninterested Guizhou just surrendered to Western Sydney who were able to tear them apart in the closing 15 minutes.
Nine minutes from time the Wanderers really sealed the match as a foul allowed Aaron Mooy to step up and score a penalty to make it 3-0.
Four minutes later Western Sydney continued to punish the eliminated Chinese side as Shinji Ono hit a stunning strike from the edge of the area that went over the keeper and in to the back of the net.
With two minutes to play the 5-0 result was wrapped up as Nikolai Topor Stanley was able to finish from close range, sealing the biggest ever Australian win in the Asian Champions League.
The 5-0 win puts Western Sydney on top of the table, and as such they will advance to the second round, playing the second leg at home.