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Western Sydney become first Australian club to win AFC Champions League

Western Sydney Wanderers have created history by becoming the first Australian club to win the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Champions League.

The A-League side forced a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal in the second leg of the ACL final at the King Fahd International Stadium on Saturday to come away with a 1-0 aggregate victory following last weekend's narrow win in Parramatta.

Tony Popovic's Wanderers, who were formed just over two years ago, were competing in the continental championship for the very first time which makes the feat even more remarkable.

Tomi Juric scored the deciding goal in the two-legged final series in the 64th minute last weekend before Al-Hilal dominated proceedings in front of 65,000 fans in Riyadh but were unable to breach Ante Covic and his stern defence.

The Wanderers had Covic to thank after he made a superb save to deny Yasser Al Qahtani from point blank range with five minutes remaining to help his side clinch a major piece of silverware so early in their fledgling career as a professional football club.

Western Sydney take the Asian Champions League title from Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande who they eliminated in the quarter-finals

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