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FC Seoul take revenge on the Wanderers with three goals
By gsadmin Date 2017/04/13 Views 1117
FC Seoul reaped their first win in the Asian Champions League this season, sinking the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in the fourth preliminary to the 2017 AFC Champions League at Campbelltown Stadium on April 11. FC Seoul called quits against the Wanderers, reciprocating three goals, the exact number of goals that Seoul allowed at home previously. 

Seoul came up with a 3-4-3 formation. Goalkeeper Yoo Hyun, DF Osmar Ibanez, Hwang Hyun-soo, and Jung In-whan formed defense, with Park Min-gyu and Lee Kyu-ro making the line-up as wingback on each side. Lee Seok-hyun and Hwang Ki-wook took the helm of the midfield with Mauro, Dejan Damjanovic, and Lee Sang-ho aiming to find the net on the forefront.  

Seoul pushed the hosts hard from the early minutes of the game. And their effort bore fruit soon enough. In the 3rd minute, Mauro lobbed a cross towards the center, and Hwang Ki-wook deftly nudged the ball towards Lee Seok-hyun, who blasted a powerful shot zooming into the left side of the goalposts. It was such a valuable opener found in an away match. The brilliant opener also presented the very first assist for Hwang Ki-wook as a member of FC Seoul. 

Seoul heavily capitalized on the agility of Mauro, who stirred the defense in the left side. In the 25th minute, Dejan created a promising chance, making his way into the back side of defense, but the ball hit the leg of a defender. In the 32nd minute, Lee Sang-ho struck a powerful shot from a good distance, but it hit a defender again. Six minutes later, Jung In-whan nodded a nice header in a free kick, but the ball was blocked by the goalkeeper. Seoul continued to pommel the hosts, and in the 41st minute, Mauro earned a penalty kick. Kicker Dejan executed the spot kick impeccably, allowing his team to reach a two-point lead before closing the first half. 

FC Seoul continued to push the opponents aggressively in the latter half of the game. In the 5th minute, Lee Kyu-ro dashed all the way up to the forward line. Three minutes later, Seoul earned a free kick fronting the penalty box thanks to a handball foul. The goalkeeper punched away the free kick from Dejan, and Lee Kyu-ro collected the drifting ball to have a go, but it was unfortunately blocked again. 

In the 17th minute, Lee whipped in a pinpoint cross from the right, but the ball was cleared by defenders. Seoul remained much aggressive for the rest of the game. In the 25th minute, Dejan single-handedly peeled off three defenders and unleashed a thunderous drive into the left corner, marking the third scoring by FC Seoul. The low, fast decider was his second goal of the game.  

In the 32nd minute, Seoul allowed a goal from the Wanderers, and four minutes later, Seoul side sought to readjust the defense by substituting Jo Chan-ho for Dejan’s position. Immediately after substitution, Mauro penetrated the left side to strike an ambitious shot, which hit the goalkeeper head-on. In the 43rd minute, Kim Won-sik was added to the defense. Perhaps it was the fatigue accompanying visiting teams, but Seoul allowed one more goal before making their last substitution cards on Kim Han-gil for Lee Sang-ho’s position. The game was closed soon at 3-2, earning FC Seoul the first ACL win this season and such invaluable three win points taken on a foreign land. 

The game provided a glimpse into the potential of ambitious young players, and reassuringly enough, Seoul boasted overwhelming play throughout the 90 minutes to chalk up a meaningful victory. The match was also a first this season that produced more than three goals for Seoul, raising hopes for the team’s usual explosive scoring capacity to awaken soon. Seoul will tap into the current momentum and go for another win in the next game.
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