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Wanderers get first Champions League win

Western Sydney celebrate their goal
Western Sydney celebrate their goal
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Western Sydney Wanderers got their first ever Asian Champions League win as they managed a 1-0 win over Guizhou Renhe at the Olympic Sports Center.

Facing three straight losses and season defining A-League matches, Tony Popovic made several changes for this match with Michael Beauchamp and Mark Bridge the only players who backed up from the Sydney derby.

The Wanderers took the lead just ten minutes in to the match as Daniel Mullen got on the end of Shannon Cole’s corner which was parried by Zhang Lie allowing Bridge a simple tap-in from close range.

That seemed to stun the Chinese side as they looked bereft of attacking options, struggling to make their chances count.

Their best effort came in the 26th minute as Yu Hai made a great run through the Wanderers defense but was denied by a superb Jerrad Tyson save.

At half-time Guizhou brought on Zvjezdan Misimovic came on to replace Rao Weihui and add some strong attacking play for the Chinese side.

That allowed Misimovic to have a big impact on the match as his attack tore the Wanderers apart, constantly looking dangerous.

As Misimovic continued to influence the match Tony Popovic looked to his bench and brought on Youssouf Hersi and Aaron Mooy to sure up the team.

In the 67th minute Western Sydney could well have won the match as Hersi’s cross was misjudged by Zhang Lie in goal, seeing the ball fall to Shannon Cole but he couldn’t manage the tap-in.

Misimovic nearly crafted the perfect response as he hit a free-kick solidly but right at Tyson, making it all too easy for the Western Sydney man.

Guizhou were the dominant side as the match wore down, but a mix of solid goal keeping and desperate defending kept out the Chinese side as Western Sydney managed a 1-0 win.

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