SEOUL (AFP) – FC Seoul failed to convert their dominance into goals as the South Korean club were held to a 0-0 draw by Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers in the first leg of their AFC Champions League encounter on Wednesday.
The home side enjoyed most of the possession and chances at Seoul World Cup Stadium but lacked a real cutting edge against their Australian opponents, who were missing three key players through suspensions.
It was the third consecutive stalemate in the competition for Seoul, the 2013 runners-up, after goalless draws in both legs of their quarter-final against Korean rivals Pohang Steelers.
After a dour opening half, Seoul coach Choi Yong-Soo brought on Colombian playmaker Mauricio Molina and Brazilian forward Everton Santos at the interval.
But while the Korean side did create more second-half opportunities, they continued to fire blanks in front of goal.
Everton offered an attacking threat for the Korean club but the Brazilian failed really to trouble goalkeeper Ante Covic with a weak effort from just outside the box in the 54th minute.
He then turned Cha Du-Ri’s dangerous low cross from the right narrowly wide midway through the second half.
Tournament debutants Western Sydney defended in depth but were nearly caught out in stoppage time when Everton’s shot on the turn from the left edge of the box was tipped over the crossbar by Covic.
The stalemate leaves both teams with plenty to play for in the return match at Parramatta Stadium on October 1, when the Wanderers will have defender Shannon Cole and forwards Tomi Juric and Brendon Santalab back from suspension.