Wanderers win goal fest in Sydney

The Western City Wanderers capped off their 2017 AFC Champions League with a 3-2 win over Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday.

The Australian club came back from a goal down at Campbelltown Sports Stadium to take the lead just five minutes later before a late goal earned the Wanderers their second win of their campaign.

Meanwhile, the result did not affect Group F’s standings, as Shanghai had already secured their playoff berth while the Wanderers were eliminated after Matchday 5.

The match started with a bang, with Shanghai’s Elkeson putting Wu Lei into space, who found the top left corner with his right foot in the opening minute.

But the visitors lead was short lived, as the Wanderers struck back just two minutes later when Japanese import Jumpei Kusukami drove the ball home after a superb through-ball by Terry Antonis.

Kusukami then turned from scorer to provider, as his pass found Steven Lustica who still had much work to do, scoring from a difficult angle with his right foot as the hosts took the lead 2-1 in just the sixth minute.

Attacking football continued to be the order of the day from both sides and pressure from Shanghai eventually paid off, as Aritz Borda brought down a Shanghai attacker in the penalty area. A cool and calm Elkeson would convert from the penalty spot with no drama.

In the second half, Wanderers stopper Vedran Janjetovic would make what would turn out to be a crucial save launching himself high to thwart Odil Ahmedov’s strike from just outside the box in the 55th minute.

Both team’s struggled to create clear-cut chances for the rest of the half until a goalmouth scramble in the 89th minute saw Jaushua Sorito get the ball over the line from close range to steal a morale boosting win for the Wanderers.

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