Wanderers qualify for Champions League Quarter Final


Wanderers have made history by becoming the first Australian team to make it to the Quarter Finals in their debut season.

Western Sydney Wanderers have made history by becoming the first Australian team to make it to the AFC Champions League Quarter Finals in their debut season in the competition.

A late goal by Brendon Santalab sealed a win on away goals over J-League Champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima to end the season on a high following a week of adversity.

The players dug deep, the fans were loud and the goals were memorable as the Red and Black made history once again.

It was a fitting farewell for two much-loved Wanderers as marquee Shinji Ono and winger Youssouf Hersi played their final match for Western Sydney.

Ono in particular left all those in attendance with a parting gift, a magical performance that had Tony Popovic waxing lyrical about the Japanese midfielder in the post-match press conference.

Quarter Final Information

The draw for the Champions League Quarter Finals will be made on Wednesday 28 May.

With East and West Asia separated at the Quarter Final stage the Wanderers can be drawn against Korean Champions Pohang Steelers (KOR), 2014 ACL Runners-Up FC Seoul (KOR) or reining Chinese and ACL Champions Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN).

The four teams in the West Asia pool are Al-Ain (UAE), Al-Ittihad (KSA), Al Sadd (QAT) and Al-Hilal (KSA).

Having defeated both the reigning J-league Champions and the 2012 ACL Champions (Ulsan Hyundai) in this campaign, confidence will be high no matter who the Wanderers are drawn against.

The first leg of the Quarter Final will be played on Wednesday 20 August followed by the return leg on Wednesday 27 August.