In an amazing campaign the Australian team achieved a big milestone for Australian football Western Sydney Wanderers made histoyrry becoming the 1st club that wins the most important Asian club competition, in 2008 Adelaide United reached the final but lost both matches vs Gamba Osaka from Japan.
It was the 2nd time that an Australian team reached the final this time the Wanderers looking to win it and finally they did it, Tomi Juric gave the Australian team the advantage and he could score 2nd goal but his shot crashed in the post and Ante Covic was a real wall, in the 2nd leg in Riyadh it proved to be the real challenge for the Australian team, the most important match in the history of Western Sydney Wanderers because they encountered rude Al Hilal fan support and hostile receving at King Fahd stadiumbut who became the real star of the match was Ante Covic who made an enourmous and amazing save 5 minutes before the game ends and denied a very clear goal chance from Yaser Al Qahtani, It truly was a miraclous save and Covic again was a real wall, Al Hilal did many attemps to score but it was Covic who became the Man of the Match (winning the Most Valuable Player award) with many great saves that helped Western Sydney Wanderers to claim their 1st continental title in just two-and-a-half years of existence, founded in April of 2012
This is one of the greatest achievements in the history of football in Australia.
But all of this started on 26 February 2013 – when Western Sydney made their Asian Champions League (ACL) debut, losing 3-1 at home to Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai, on matchday 2(March 12) they won their 1st ACL match vs Guizhou 1-0 in China, on matchday 3 they recorded their first ACL home game win, this time vs Kawasaki Frontale from Japan 1-0 but when they visited Kawasaki in the following matchday they lose 2-1, on matchday 5 they got a historic victory vs Ulsan 2-0 and on the final matchday they won at home vs Guizhou in a perfect andgreat style 5-0 vs Guizhou sealing their passage to the Round of 16
At Round of 16 they played vs Sanfreece Hiroshima, in the 1st leg they lose 3-1 at home but they again made history by winning 2-0 in Japan and qualifying for the quarterfinals thanks to the away goals rule, the quarterfinals proved to be a real test of fire because they played against the defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, they made of Parramatta stadium their fortress and they won 1-0 in the 1st leg match but the diceider came to be very exciting in the 2nd leg in Guangzhou when Ante Covic stopped a penalty from Guangzhou and Western Sydney converted a very important goal that send them into the semifinals thanks again to the away goal rules despite Guangzhou winning the match 2-1
in the semifinals they played vs FC Seoul who was looking to reach the ACL Final again like they did in 2013, in the 1st leg Western Sydney Wanderers played very well and the defence were very disciplined and the forwards creating goal chancestoo, Covic not allowing any goal and becoming a very important figure that helped the Australians to get a 0-0,a positive result for the team guided by former Socceroos Tony Popovic, in the 2nd leg it was again that Wanderers were the most strongest side and won it 2-0 becoming the 2nd Australian team to reach the final after Adelaide United did the same in 2008
With this victory, the Western Sydney Wanderers have completed Australian football’s integration into Asia.
Coupled with hosting the Asian Cup in January, Australian football has truly found its home in the region.
The win also underlines one of the game’s greatest assets – its ability to reach beyond these shores in a meaningful and substantial manner.
All the team did an amazing campaign but the key players in this campaign were Ante Covic(goalkeeper), Tomi Juric(forward), Nikolai Topor Stanley(midfielder), Matthew Spiranovic(defender)