Wanderers draw Guangzhou Evergrande in ACL quarterfinal

Western Sydney Wanderers will face off against Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarterfinal of the AFC Champions League.   

Wanderers were heroic in overturning a two-goal deficit to storm over the top of Sanfrecce Hiroshima earlier this month, but will need to step it up several notches to brush past last year's tournament champions.

The challenge will have to be met without midfield maestro Shinji Ono who pulled the strings in their Round of 16 upset - his last match for club.

Tony Popovic's men will want to get off to a solid start in the first leg at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday, August 20, before the away clash seven days later.

The Chinese Super League outfit followed up their 2013 champions league triumph with a semi-final clash in the FIFA Club World Cup where they lost to eventual champions Bayern Munich.

But Asia's glamour club have not had it all their own way this year.

They struggled to secure top spot in the ACL group stage where they faced off against Melbourne Victory.

After dishing out a 4-2 masterclass at home against the A-League club, Victory returned fire at Docklands downing Guangzhou 2-0, with goals from Socceroos Mark Milligan and James Troisi sealing a memorable win.

The Chinese champs were back to their ominous best in the Round of 16, however, where they dismantled Cerezo Osaka 5-1 on aggregate.

 


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