Apr 21

Brisbane Roar knock Wanderers out of A-League finals on penalties

  • Brisbane defeat Western Sydney 1-1 (6-5) in A-League elimination final
  • Roar will play Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League final

Brisbane Roar will battle Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League decider after beating Western Sydney on penalties in an epic elimination final on Friday night. The Roar won the penalty shootout 6-5 after scores had been locked at 1-1 after 120 minutes, with back-up goalkeeper Jamie Young making the winning save to deny Jumpei Kusukami’s sudden-death effort at Suncorp Stadium.

It was an easy save for Young, who was able to stay on his feet to pluck the spot-kick from the Japanese import to spark wild celebrations among the 17,530 fans in attendance. Young was only on the field because first-choice stopper Michael Theo was forced off with a knee injury after a heavy collision with Terry Antonis in the first half of extra time.

Related: David Squires on … the football season climax, A-League style

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Apr 19

David Squires on … the football season climax, A-League style

Our resident cartoonist takes a look at the A-League’s insistence on making its season-ending storyline the same as every other Australian football code

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/picture/2017/apr/20/david-squires-on-the-football-season-climax-a-league-style

Apr 19

Tim Cahill relishing underdog status: ‘I’ve been written off my whole life’

  • ‘I like it like this. We know what’s on the line,’ says Melbourne City star
  • City face Perth Glory in Sunday night’s A-League elimination final
  • John Aloisi blames salary cap for the departure of Thomas Broich

Tim Cahill has dared A-League opponents to write off Melbourne City for the title, but the odds are stacked against City, who face Perth on Sunday night in an elimination final for a place in the final four.

Cahill’s side has beaten top-six opposition just twice all season, the last being three months ago – a 1-0 win over Western Sydney. City also have losing form against the Glor, and the latest of two losses this season came last Sunday in a madcap 5-4 loss in Western Australia.

Related: Arturo Vidal rages at referee after Bayern Munich go out to Real Madrid

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/19/tim-cahill-relishing-underdog-status-ive-been-written-off-my-whole-life

Apr 16

A-League premiers plate proves Graham Arnold to be an oblique strategist | JP Howcroft

There is nothing much left to say about Sydney FC’s winningest A-League season, but Graham Arnold’s methods are worthy of unconventional appraisal

Congratulations Sydney FC. The runaway premiers enjoyed the first of what should be two presentation ceremonies this season on Saturday, hoisting the premiers plate aloft after a typically methodical dismantling of Newcastle Jets.

It’s good manners in moments like this to laud the best team in a competition, especially one a record margin ahead of its nearest challenger. But what more is there to say about the winningest team in an A-League season that hasn’t been said already? We’ve talked up the coach, drooled over the marquee No10, and marvelled at the collective ability to seize the moment. Anything else you care to factor into Sydney’s peerless achievement has been raised somewhere between October and now during the 27 unbroken weeks the Sky Blues have topped the ladder.

Related: A-League: 16 goals as Glory beat City and Brisbane pip Wellington

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/17/a-league-premiers-plate-proves-graham-arnold-to-be-an-oblique-strategist

Apr 16

A-League: 16 goals as Glory beat City and Brisbane pip Wellington

Brisbane Roar 4-3 Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory 5-4 Melbourne CityPerth Glory beat Melbourne City 5-4 to close the A-League regular season but it was not enough to earn a home final against the same opponent.Glory and City were destined to meet in an …

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Apr 16

Newcastle Jets parts ways with Mark Jones after club fails to avoid wooden spoon

Announcement made after 2-0 defeat to Sydney FCAssistant coach Clayton Zane to oversee training in the coming weeks Mark Jones has parted ways with the battling A-League club the Newcastle Jets.The club announced on Sunday that Jones, who was appointed…

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Apr 15

Sydney FC break A-League points record to win Premier’s Plate

  • Sydney FC beat Newcastle 2-0 at Allianz Stadium
  • Adelaide FC and Western Sydney Wanderers drew 2-2 at Coopers Stadium

A-League premiers Sydney FC amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. But it has come at a cost to the Sky Blues, after goal scorer and standout Milos Ninkovic limped off the Allianz Stadium pitch after a sliding tackle by Ben Kantarovski.

Ninkovic’s 56th-minute goal and skipper Alex Brosque’s 87th-minute effort took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the previous mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant 2010-11 Brisbane side over a 30-game season.

Related: David Squires on … the introduction of video assistant referees

Related: World first as video assistant referee called into action in Wellington and Sydney FC stalemate

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/15/a-league-round-27-saturday-match-reports

Apr 14

Berisha reaches goal-scoring century in Victory A-League win

  • Melbourne Victory 1-0 Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park
  • Besart Berisha scores his 100th A-League goal to break Victory drought

Besart Berisha has snapped Melbourne Victory’s six-hour goal drought with his landmark 100th A-League strike ending Central Coast’s season with a 1-0 loss. The Kosovo international ended a procession of near misses for Kevin Muscat’s side, stroking home Jai Ingham’s cutback in the 80th minute at AAMI Park after swinging and missing at James Troisi’s cross seconds earlier.

The three points earned are of little use to Victory, who had already locked up second spot – and a home semi-finalin week two of the finals. But the momentum that Berisha’s Good Friday goal brought could be crucial, given the alternative was entering the finals on a four-game winless and goalless streak.

Related: Premier League relegation fight: where clubs’ hopes lie and the impact if they fall

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/14/berisha-reaches-goal-scoring-century-in-victory-a-league-win

Apr 12

Adelaide United stay grounded despite ACL red-letter night in South Korea

  • Adelaide United beat Jeju United 3-1 in South Korea
  • FC Seoul beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 at Campbelltown

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor has refused to get carried away after the Reds’ stunning 3-1 Asian Champions League win over Jeju United. Tuesday night’s victory in South Korea, coupled with Gamba Osaka’s 3-0 loss to undefeated Group H leader Jiangsu Suning, saw the Reds climb off the bottom of the table and move into second place with four points.

Related: Liverpool to visit Australia again with Sydney FC friendly confirmed for May

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Apr 10

Liverpool to visit Australia again with Sydney FC friendly confirmed for May

  • Premier League club will play in Sydney for the first time
  • Capacity 80,000 crowd expected at ANZ Stadium

An exhibition match between A-League Premiers’ Plate winners Sydney FC and Premier League heavyweights Liverpool has been locked in for 24 May at ANZ Stadium.

The NSW Government on Monday confirmed last week’s reports Jürgen Klopp will bring Liverpool’s first team squad to Sydney for the first time.

Related: Video assistant referees: A-League experiment serves up food for thought | Jonathan Howcroft

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Apr 09

Jets on brink of collecting A-League wooden spoon after derby defeat to Mariners

Central Coast Mariners beat Newcastle Jets 2-0 in GosfordNick Montgomery screamer and Fabio Ferreira effort settles F3 derbyCentral Coast took the upper hand in the fight to avoid the wooden spoon, dismantling Newcastle 2-0 to consign the sorry Jets to…

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Apr 08

Video assistant referee awards controversial penalty in A-League game – video

The new video assistant referee is used for the first time in a competitive football match during the A-League meeting between Wellington and Sydney FC on Saturday. With 20 minutes remaining, Sydney FC players surround referee Shaun Evans arguing that …

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Apr 08

World first as video assistant referee called into action in Wellington and Sydney FC stalemate

  • Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC draw 1-1 at Westpac Stadium
  • First time VAR used decisively in a competitive match
  • Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory draw 0-0 at ANZ Stadium

The video assistant referee was called into action for the first time in a domestic football competition during a 1-1 draw between Wellington and A-League leaders Sydney FC on Saturday.

Wellington snatched a share of the spoils late on through Michael McGlinchey’s injury-time header, cancelling out a 70th-minute Bôbo penalty awarded in ground-breaking fashion.

Related: Tim Cahill magic earns Melbourne City A-League win over Adelaide

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Apr 07

Tim Cahill magic earns Melbourne City A-League win over Adelaide

  • Melbourne City 1-0 Adelaide United at AAMI Park
  • Tim Cahill heads home stunning winner to push side close to home final

Melbourne City are within touching distance of a home A-League final after Tim Cahill’s stunning header earned them a well-deserved 1-0 win over Adelaide United. Yet again, Cahill produced the goods for City, elevating his side above above the Reds in a fiery contest on Friday night.

The veteran Socceroo arched his back perfectly to flick Nicolas Colazo’s corner over the Reds defence and inside the back post on 36 minutes. It was a goal that very few could have scored or would have even attempted, putting City in the box seat to return to AAMI Park in a fortnight’s time for just their second home final in their history.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Koscielny, Giroud and Sissoko to Marseille?

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Apr 06

Roy Hodgson brought to A-League by Melbourne City in advisory role

Former England manager to spend month with City coaches and leadersFriendship with City executive Brian Marwood paves way for moveFormer England national team coach Roy Hodgson has been seconded to Australia in an advisory role to assist A-League club …

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Apr 04

FFA to review deliberate bookings after Sydney FC controversy

  • Graham Arnold escapes sanction after urging players to pick up cautions
  • Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill will be available for A-League finals

Graham Arnold will not face sanction for asking players to pick up bookings ahead of the A-League finals but an FFA review could end the controversial practice.

Arnold asked Sky Blues midfielders Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill to earn cautions in the late stages of Saturday night’s win over Melbourne City.

Related: A-League players to be booked if they appeal to referee for video referral

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/04/ffa-to-review-deliberate-bookings-after-sydney-fc-controversy

Apr 03

A-League players to be booked if they appeal to referee for video referral

  • New technology to be introduced to top-tier football in Australia
  • Players effectively told to ignore video reviews

A-League players will be shown a yellow card if they urge referees to video review a decision once the technology comes into play from Friday night’s Melbourne City-Adelaide match.

Australia’s elite competition will become the first top-tier league in the world to use the technology and Adelaide defender Michael Marrone says players have been warned about how they should react to it. 

Related: Western Sydney emerge as unlikely title contenders with Antonis pulling strings | Jonathan Howcroft

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Apr 02

Western Sydney emerge as unlikely title contenders with Antonis pulling strings | Jonathan Howcroft

Heading into the finals, the Wanderers are the only team with both the current form and the head-to-head record to suggest Sydney FC can be stopped

Only Sydney FC have picked up more A-League points than Western Sydney Wanderers since Terry Antonis first appeared on one of Tony Popovic’s teamsheets. The three points earned in Newcastle on Saturday keep the Wanderers in the hunt for an Asian Champions League qualification spot, a remarkable turnaround after winning only two of their opening 15 matches.

The Bankstown-born Antonis, on loan from Greek Superleague side PAOK, is not the only variable to factor into the Wanderers’ upturn in fortunes. The anguine Vedran Janjetović has corrected a glaring pre-season oversight in goal, while Brendon Santalab’s finishing has deserved the many headlines. But it’s Antonis’s role greasing the wheels in between that has provided the platform for the Wanderers to emerge as an unlikely championship contender.

Related: Canberra City: a blueprint for current A-League expansion hopefuls | Joe Gorman

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Apr 02

Jamie Maclaren hits eight-minute hat-trick as Brisbane hammer Mariners

  • Brisbane Roar beat Central Coast Mariners 5-1 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at AAMI Park

A Jamie Maclaren hat-trick helped Brisbane Roar come from behind and thrash the Central Coast Mariners 5-1 in the A-League on Sunday night. Shunned by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE, Maclaren continued his rich vein of form by scoring his three goals in a stunning eight-minute stretch.

Related: Sydney’s second-half blitz sinks City as Wanderers cruise past Jets

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Apr 01

In-form Wanderers cruise to victory over sorry Jets

  • Newcastle Jets 0-3 Western Sydney Wanderers

Two goals from skipper Robbie Cornthwaite have helped put Western Sydney Wanderers in sight of guaranteed finals football with a 3-0 win over Newcastle. The Jets created the better chances in the first half of Saturday’s round 25 A-League game at McDonald Jones Stadium before the Wanderers made the most of theirs in the 40th and 42nd minutes.

Related: A-League: Adelaide and Perth draw after controversial Castro penalty

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