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Campbelltown: While it may have finished 3-2 in Campbelltown, following a late Western Sydney Wanderers attempt at a comeback, there can be no doubting the merit of FC Seoul’s AFC Champions League victory on Tuesday evening.

With 15 minutes remaining, the Korean side held a three-goal lead and had been good value for their advantage, in spite of their opponents’ control of possession.

For the 2013 runners-up, it was enough to keep themselves in this year’s competition with a first win of the Group Stage.

FC Seoul content to absorb pressure

While they managed to score three goals on the evening, the Korean side demonstrated that they were content to sit deep and look to strike their opponents on the counter-attack.

As the chart above demonstrates, overall they spent just 20.1 percent of the game in the Western Sydney final third and conceded 62.2 percent of possession to their opponents.

Yet in spite of those numerical advantages, the hosts were able to create little as FC Seoul’s three-man defensive line maintained a narrow, compact shape.

Indeed, FC Seoul enjoyed 11 shots to Western Sydney’s nine over the course of 90 minutes, demonstrating their effectiveness in limiting their opponents’ chances.

Damjanovic proves key to success

Over the course of his career in Asia, Montenegro striker Dejan Damjanovic has found the net 27 times in the AFC Champions League for both FC Seoul and Beijing Guoan. He has almost unrivalled pedigree in the competition.

When he struck his spectacular second on Tuesday evening, FC Seoul’s third of the night, it appeared to be simply the icing on the cake of a comfortable victory. In the end, though, the goal proved crucial to success.

Soon to turn 36, Damjanovic may not be as spritely as he once was but rolled back the years to lead the line with aplomb in Australia.

The manner in which he created space for the shot and fired low from the edge of the area demonstrated his class, while his earlier penalty conversion was rolled home with the composure we have come to expect from FC Seoul’s striking legend.

Lee Seok-Hyun enjoys match to remember

For long periods of the game on Tuesday, FC Seoul were content to dig in as their opponents passed the ball around. Western Sydney midfielder Kearyn Bacchus, for example, played a remarkable 114 passes on the night.

When the visitors had the ball, then, it was imperative that they made the most of the opportunity and central midfielder Lee Seok-Hyun was central to ensuring they achieved that aim.

While his game will be remembered for a stunning drive which opened the scoring after four minutes, it was his all-round contribution which deserves heralding.

Lee created two chances, recovered the ball on five occasions and made three interceptions to contribute at both ends of the pitch. The map above demonstrates how he contributed in all areas of the field.

Alongside the inexperienced Hwang Ki-Wook (31 passes, 93.5% accuracy), Lee ensured that FC Seoul always had the ability to turn defence into attack and apply pressure to the Western Sydney defence.

Without his role in transitional play, Damjanovic could not have starred higher up the pitch.

Photos: Lagardère Sports