20 August 2014 16:00
Western Sydney Wanderers earned a surprise 1-0 win as Guangzhou Evergrande finished with nine men in the AFC Champions League quarter-final.
The Australian side seized the first-leg initiative courtesy of Antony Golec’s 60th-minute strike, which appeared to take a slight deflection off Tomi Juric.
It came as a shock to defending champions Guangzhou and Marcello Lippi’s side responded badly, with Zhang Linpeng and Gao Lin seeing red in stoppage time.
Coach Lippi stormed the pitch as the game at Parramatta Stadium ended amid farcical scenes which could land the Italian in hot water.
But all of that will matter little to Tony Popovic and his charges, who now have a huge chance to progress to the semi-finals in next week’s second leg in China.