Tomi's taunt costs spot in Wanderers' ACL semi

An innocuous goal celebration has cost penalty-hero Tomi Juric a spot in the first-leg of Western Sydney Wanderers' AFC Champions League semi-final.

Juric received a caution, his second of the quarter-finals, for raising his finger to his lips in a shoosh gesture after putting away the crucial penalty.

The strike ensured Wanderers progressed at the expense of Asian heavyweights Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Socceroo, who also scored the only goal in the first leg at Pirtek Stadium, will join fellow suspended teammates, Shannon Cole and Brendon Santalab on the sidelines for the September 17 clash against FC Seoul in Korea.

News of Juric’s suspension came after the triumphant Wanderers were greeted by euphoric scenes at Sydney Airport.

Red and Black supporters were out in force on Thursday night as the squad touched down to a hero’s welcome.

The loudest cheer was saved for Juric who was delighted by the reception.

“You don't get this every day when you come to the airport in Sydney, so it's fantastic to see the fans joining in like this,” the 23-year-old told the club’s website.

“I'm very proud to be a part of this. It's a fantastic result, we're into the semi-finals which is what we wanted."

Post-match Juric was just as euphoric with his club’s achievement.

“Words can’t describe this feeling that I have at the moment,” he told Fox Sports.

“I’m so proud of this team. We did our club proud and one another.

“All the fans back home I want to say thanks for all their support last game, it really helped us.

“For everything we’ve been through today, all the obstacles we’ve been through, to get to the semi-finals is a massive achievement.”

Chinese fans allegedly banged on the hotel doors of the Wanderers, called their rooms into early hours and pointed laser beams at players during the game.

The team bus was also involved in two collisions on the way to the match.