Scintillating efforts by Kerem Bulut and Labinot Haliti went astray as the Western Sydney Wanderers settled for a stalemate against FC Seoul in their Asian Champions League fixture last night.
After a 3-nil loss to Melbourne Victory last week, the Wanderers were looking to continue their solid form by securing three ACL points at Seoulís World Cup Stadium, but crucial missed opportunities and injuries to Australian representatives, Matthew Spiranovic and Tomi Juric caused the men in red and black to limp away with a point.
The first half saw minimal opportunities from both teams. FC Seoul had the first chance but failed to capitalise with Mauricio Molina curling his shot over the bar after retaining possession from some average clearance work by Antony Golec. Just before half time, Spiranovic was forced from the field after aggravating a reoccurring hamstring injury. Both sides went into the break with disappointing efforts.
FC Seoul pushed hard at the start of the second causing Western Sydney to drop deep in their half, but Popovicís men began to look dangerous on the counter attack.†
At about the hour mark, Haliti went close to scoring as his strike from outside the box managed to find the cross bar. Nine minutes later, Romeo Castelen made a surging effort but was quickly denied by FC Seoulís keeper, Yu Sang-Hun. Bulut could not finish on the follow up as Sang-Hun made another brilliant save.
The Wanderers could have snatched a last minute win with Bulut in prime position to score, but was once again stopped by the home teamís keeper.
The Wanderers retain second position in their ACL group and will now look to their next A-League match against Newcastle Jets on Saturday.