A world-class free kick from Japanese import, Yojiro Takahagi gave Western Sydney a point against Melbourne City in a wet encounter at Pirtek Stadium last night.
The Wanderers were aiming to beat Melbourne City twice in a month and the home side began the game with great attacking football. Within the opening 10 minutes, Nikita Rukavytsya almost sliced through Melbourneís defensive line with a dissecting through ball by Takahagi but the Wandererís striker was caught offside.
In the 18th minute Melbourne Cityís Kew Jaliens was shown a yellow card for a bad foul and Takahagi, already looking dangerous in attack showed the home fans his skills by slotting the ball in the top left corner giving last yearís A-League finalists the lead.
The Wanderers kept attacking and almost had a second as Romeo Castelenís attempt from outside the box went sailing over the crossbar.
Towards the end of the first half Western Sydney showed poor defending and the visitorís managed to capitalise with a stunning effort by Harry Novillo, allowing his side to go into the break on equal terms.
The second half saw some half chances created by both sides but the Wandererís could not find the winning goal. Both teams settled to take a point, allowing the home team to climb out of last place.
The Western Sydney Wanderers will now concentrate on their next champions league match as they play host to FC Seoul in their bid to secure qualification into the knockout stages on Tuesday night.