The Western Sydney Wanderers enjoyed a 2-nil victory against powerhouse Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande in China last night.
Despite the upset win, the reigning Asian champions were eliminated after Seoul FC secured the second qualification spot with a 3-2 win against Kashima Antlers.
The boys from Western Sydney finished the domestic season in second last place and travelled to China looking to find retribution in the ACL.
Guangzhou started the match strongly but it was the visitors who drew first blood. In the 33rd minute, Wanderers striker, Mark Bridge was able to make space and slotted the ball in the bottom right corner to give the reigning champions a 1-nil lead and the hope of moving into the second qualification spot.
With the second match of group H being played in Japan, Western Sydney were fighting to stay alive and needed K-League team, Seoul FC to drop points. The Wanderers defended well for the rest of the match holding out heavy counter attacks from the home side.
In the dying stages the Wanderers scored a second goal from Tomi Juric, who earlier announced he would be leaving the club after this match. A fitting sent off for the Australian representative who scored the only goal in last year’s Asian Champions League final.
The Western Sydney Wanderers will now have a well deserved break and Tony Popovic and his men can rest and re-group for the 2015/16 A-League season.