- Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
- Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium
Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.
Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.
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- Brisbane Roar 1-0 Melbourne Victory
- Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Adelaide United
- Sky Blues now uncatchable at top of ladder
Brisbane sharpshooter Jamie Maclaren delivered a timely reminder of his quality to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou with an A-League wonder-goal to sink Melbourne Victory and deliver the Premiers Plate to Sydney FC. Brisbane’s 1-0 win confirms the Sky Blues’ first silverware in seven years as the runaway leaders enter Sunday’s clash with Perth 11 points ahead of second-placed Victory with three rounds to play.
Related: A-League: Santalab sets club record as Wanderers beat Melbourne City
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- Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Melbourne City at Spotless Stadium
- Brendon Santalab hat-trick lifts him to record 14-goal season
Evergreen Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab has set a new club goalscoring record as his hat-trick helped shore up the club’s A-League finals hopes with a 3-1 home victory over Melbourne City. The 34-year-old poacher swelled his tally for the season to 14, eclipsing the previous record of 11 he had shared with Mark Bridge.
Sanatalab equalised midway through the first half at Spotless Stadium on Friday, after City took a fortuitous lead in the third minute when a Neil Kilkenny shot deflected off Wanderers’ defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis. He then added two more in four minutes in the second half.
Related: Tottenham’s Dele Alli banned for three European club games over red card
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- Aloisi clashes with Adelaide counterpart after stormy A-League encounter
- Roar football director Craig Moore also cited over alleged referee comments
Brisbane assistant coach Ross Aloisi has been cited and is facing hefty punishment for an alleged incident involving Adelaide United assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo.
Aloisi clashed with Ramallo in the tunnel exiting Coopers Stadium after the Roar’s last-gasp loss in Adelaide, where Brisbane conceded a controversial penalty and lost the game 2-1.
Related: Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy
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Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Coopers StadiumWestern Sydney Wanderers beat Wellington Phoenix 3-1 at Spotless StadiumTensions boiled over after Adelaide United stole a controversial last-gasp 2-1 win against Brisbane as a 98th-minute Sergio…
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- Melbourne City 4-0 Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park
- First-half Cahill header puts City on path to home final
Tim Cahill delighted both his club and country bosses on Saturday night, sending Melbourne City on their way to a 4-0 A-League rout of Newcastle Jets. The Socceroos veteran kept City in control of the race for third place on the ladder, and a home final, with a trademark first-half header against the Jets.
Nick Fitzgerald, who replaced him as a second-half substitute, doubled their lead with a delightful chip before Bruno Fornaroli’s late double. But Cahill stole the show on the way from AAMI Park to two World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight. The 37-year-old hung in the air on the back of young defender John Koutroumbis, powerfully heading past goalkeeper Jack Duncan.
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FC Seoul 2-3 Western Sydney WanderersAdelaide United 3-3 Jeju UnitedCoach Tony Popovic senses FC Seoul will again be there for the taking when revived Western Sydney resume their Asian Champions League campaign in four weeks.The Wanderers rescued their…
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- Brisbane Roar beaten 3-0 by Kashima Antlers in Japan
- A-League side prop up Group E with one point and minus-9 goal difference
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi is refusing to believe his side’s AFC Champions League hopes are gone, clinging to hope they can win their remaining three games and qualify for the knockout phase.
Aloisi put on a brave face after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Kashima Antlers in Japan on Tuesday night, which leaves them winless on bottom of Group E with a minus-9 goal difference.
Related: David Squires on … Australian clubs in the Asian Champions League
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- Melbourne Victory 4-1 Perth Glory
- Result temporarily extends race for Premiers Plate
Melbourne Victory overwhelmed Perth Glory 4-1 in a high-quality encounter to cement their grip on second spot on the A-League ladder and temporarily extend the race for the Premiers Plate. Kevin Muscat’s men hadn’t beaten the Glory in their past eight A-League attempts but were thoroughly deserving winners at AAMI Park on Saturday night. The result means Sydney FC will have to wait another week at least before they are mathematically assured of top spot.
Related: Sydney close in on Premiers Plate with tight win over Mariners
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Sydney FC can officially claim the A-League Premiers Plate within 24 hours, after an underwhelming 1-0 win over Central Coast put them on the brink of a first trophy in seven seasons. The Sky Blues struggled to find their ruthless streak at Allianz Stadium on Friday night but Filip Holosko’s seventh goal of the season was enough to extend their lead to 14 points, meaning Melbourne Victory must defeat Perth at AAMI Park on Saturday evening to keep the race alive for another week.
Related: Les Murray and Craig Foster launch southern Sydney A-League bid
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- Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic earns Socceroos call-up
- crucial World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE coming up
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Tim Cahill and a trio of other regulars are not guaranteed to make his final 23-man squad for this month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Cahill was a shock omission from November’s squad that drew 2-2 with Thailand due to an Achilles issue, and Postecoglou is concerned about the veteran striker’s lack of game time for Melbourne City.
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- Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
- Newcastle Jets 1-3 Brisbane Roar
Melbourne City climbed into third place after surviving a frenetic 3-2 A-League thriller against 10-man Central Coast, thanks to some luck and Paul Izzo’s goalkeeping implosion.
A Bruno Fornaroli brace, own-goals and goalkeeping howlers were the order of the day as Mariners captain Nick Montgomery and young City defender Ruon Tongyik both found the wrong net, before Izzo’s 62nd-minute red card and the subsequent penalty finished City’s job for them.
Related: Further frustration for Wanderers in stalemate with struggling Adelaide
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/05/melbourne-city-hold-on-in-frantic-finish-to-keep-central-coast-at-bay
- Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Adelaide United
- Wellington Phoenix 3-3 Perth Glory
It was a new night but the same old struggles for Western Sydney, whose A-League finals ambitions are no healthier after they were held to a goalless draw by lowly Adelaide. A highly contentious disallowed goal denied the Wanderers a win they so sorely craved after Tuesday night’s 5-1 Asian Champions League disembowelling by Shanghai SIPG, and leaves their top-six spot at risk of being snatched away by Newcastle.
Related: A-League: Bobo strike seals Sydney FC victory in Big Blue
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- Sydney FC 1-0 Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium
- Sky Blues likely to claim Premiers’ Plate after Bobo’s 60th minute winner
Sydney FC have effectively won their first piece of silverware in seven A-league seasons, dismantling Melbourne Victory 1-0 to all but claim the Premiers’ plate. Bobo buried his 11th goal of the campaign to seal Friday’s defining Big Blue, lifting the Sky Blues 11 points clear of second-placed Victory and rendering a comeback for Kevin Muscat’s men nigh on impossible.
Graham Arnold’s tearaway leaders need just four more points from the five remaining rounds to lift the trophy. It was the Brazilian striker’s name on the scoreboard 50 minutes in, but the goal really belonged to his whole team and was orchestrated by playmaker Milos Ninkovic.
Related: Sydney FC to unveil sea of rainbow flags in support of LGBTIQ community
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- Club to unveil large rainbow flag at ‘Big Blue’ in support of Mardi Gras
- ‘We are committed to welcoming everyone into the Sky Blue family’
Last year they wore rainbow laces and this year Sydney FC will step up their Mardi Gras support by walking onto the pitch behind a sea of rainbow flags. The Sky Blues will be the first club in A-League history to promote LGBTIQ inclusion at a professional game when they take on Melbourne Victory in Friday’s Big Blue, a day before the Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
They’ll be led onto the field by players from Sydney Rangers FC, Australia’s first football club for gay men, and The Flying Bats Women’s FC, the world’s largest lesbian football club, carrying a large rainbow flag and waving eight smaller flags.
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- Scheduling ‘doesn’t help’, says Brisbane coach John Aloisi after 6-0 loss
- Western Sydney also fall to heavy defeat, 5-1 against Shanghai SIPG
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes Football Federation Australia will be forced to re-examine A-League scheduling because they have made it “virtually impossible” for teams to compete in the AFC Champions League.
The Roar were smashed 6-0 by Ulsan Hyundai in South Korea on Tuesday night, continuing the utter humiliation of Australian sides at this year’s tournament.
Related: Phoenix lead late-season scramble as finals race remains wide open
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/01/review-of-scheduling-called-for-after-dismal-night-for-australian-clubs-in-acl
- Newcastle Jets 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
- Jets two points off Wanderers in sixth; Mariners four off finals berth
Central Coast came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle, denying the Jets a return to the A-League’s top six and a first home F3 derby win in 1,590 days.
Aleksandr Kokko scored his maiden A-League goal to put the hosts ahead early but Scott Galloway made them pay for a sloppy start to the second half at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Related: Banned Western Sydney fans are ‘juvenile idiots’, says Ange Postecoglou
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- Socceroos coach wants life bans for Red and Black Bloc offenders
- Wanderers belatedly issue apology to Graham Arnold over homophobic banner
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has denounced Western Sydney’s active support group as “juvenile idiots” and called for lifetime bans on Red and Black Bloc members involved in the offensive Sydney derby banner.
The Wanderers issued a belated formal apology to Graham Arnold on Saturday, a week after members of the RBB unfurled a tifo of the Sydney FC coach engaging in a sex act during their team’s 1-0 win.
Related: Western Sydney escape with $20,000 FFA fine for fans’ homophobic banner
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/26/banned-western-sydney-fans-are-juvenile-idiots-says-ange-postecoglou
- Melbourne Victory 2-1 Adelaide
- Brisbane Roar 1-2 Wellington Phoenix
Melbourne Victory have continued their surge toward the A-League finals, surviving a late scare from last-placed Adelaide United to claim a 2-1 victory. The second-placed Victory’s two-goal lead evaporated in the 90th minute when Adelaide’s Tarek Elrich pounced on some loose defending by Jason Geria.
The Reds continued to press their case but ran out of time to claim an equaliser, with Victory climbing to within eight points of ladder-leaders Sydney FC.
Related: Sydney FC put bad week behind them with win over Melbourne City
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- Melbourne City 1-3 Sydney FC at AAMI Park
- Graham Arnold’s side return to winning ways after derby defeat
Graham Arnold believes the circus that followed the Sydney derby has galvanised his team for the A-League finals run-in, following a 3-1 win over Melbourne City on Friday night.
Sydney FC were defeated for the first time this season last weekend when cross-town rivals Western Sydney edged a tightly fought derby. The fall-out from that result would provided plenty of interest in itself.
Related: Western Sydney escape with $20,000 FFA fine for fans’ homophobic banner
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