Western Sydney Wanderers’ ACL hopes are all but over after going down 3-2 to FC Seoul at Campelltown Stadium on Tuesday night.

A brace from Dejan Demjanovic plus a brilliant strike from Seok-Hyun Lee overcame strikes from Terry Antonis and Lachlan Scott to secure a much needed three points.

Both sides headed into the fixture knowing their future in the competition was at risk and the match started accordingly, frantic.

Seoul, perhaps still stinging from their 3-2 loss to the Wanderers last time out drew first blood, getting on the score sheet in under three minutes.

Lee manged to gain possession off a Wanderers clearance and unleashed a pile driver that left Vedran Janjetovic with absolutely no chance.

Despite the setback Tony Popovic’s men started to build a nice rhythm, holding onto the ball as Seoul remained cautious.

Ultimately however there was no end product as Scott, despite looking lively, failed to get anything meaningful on goal.

Mitch Nichols spurned Western Sydney’s best chance, skying a cutback from Jumpei Kusukami. Head in hands, the Wanderers midfielder knew the gravity of his mistake.

Minutes from the half time break and the visitors had their second, Maurinho made his way into the box and was brought down under minimal contact from Scott Neville.

Referee Robesh Gamini pointed to the spot and Demjanovic coolly converted to hand Seoul a 2-nil advantage at the break.

The Korean champions started the second period the stronger with a number of forays forward. Janjetovic was called into action from a Demjanoivc free kick with a diving save to deny the Montenegrin.

The striker was not to be denied his second however and on 71 minutes he had it. A neat finish from the edge of the box beating Janjetovic at the near post and seemingly killing the game off for the home side.

Antonis got one back for the Wanderers six minutes later after getting on the end of a Kusukami cutback and passing it into the net.

The 2014 champions continued to work hard and got a glimmer of hope in injury time as Scott scored a deserved goal. Nico Martinez provided a perfect cross that met the head of the teenage striker and past goalkeeper Hyun Yoo.

It wasn’t enough however as Seoul kept their ACL hopes alive and consigned Western Sydney to a near impossible task to qualify for the knockout stages.

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