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FC Seoul beat Western Sydney to stay alive in AFC Champions League

All Headlines 21:09 April 11, 2017

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul hung on to defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 on Tuesday to stay alive in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

Montenegrin striker Dejan Damjanovic grabbed a brace for FC Seoul at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, giving the K League Classic club their first victory in Group F after three straight losses. Western Sydney scored two second-half goals but couldn't cut the deficit any further.

A loss on Tuesday would have knocked FC Seoul, the reigning K League champs, out of the group stage for the first time.

FC Seoul, which made three Champions League semifinals in the last four years, have also moved out of the group cellar. They're tied with Western Sydney at three points but have a better goal difference with minus-4 to the Australian club's minus-8.

This was FC Seoul's first win over Western Sydney in six Champions League meetings, after two losses and three draws.

FC Seoul's next Group F match will be against Shanghai SIPG on April 26 in Shanghai. The South Korean club lost the previous meeting 1-0 in February at home.

Lee Seok-hyun put FC Seoul on the board in just the fourth minute. Hwang Ki-wook secured the loose ball after Western Sydney failed to clear a free kick, and teed it up for Lee outside the box for a right-footed shot.

Though Western Sydney dominated the possession, FC Seoul managed to double their lead in the 42nd minute, when Dejan Damjanovic converted a penalty.

Western Sydney defender Scott Neville shoved Maurinho down to the ground inside the area for the foul. Damjanovic then stepped up and fired one into the bottom right hand corner, just out of reach of goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.

Damjanovic then picked up his second of the night in the 71st, firing a shot through traffic from the top left corner of the box.

The home side got a goal back in the 77th, as Terry Antonis took a feed from Jumpei Kusukami from right wing and rolled it past goalkeeper Yoo Hyun.

Lachlan Scott then headed in a Nicolas Martinez cross during added time to get Western Sydney to within 3-2, but the hosts ran out of gas and time.

In this EPA photo, Lee Seok-hyun of FC Seoul (second from R) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Western Sydney Wanderers in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Group F match at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney on April 11, 2017. (Yonhap)

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