Vitor Sobral

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Feb 26

Phoenix lead late-season scramble as finals race remains wide open

With the identity of the A-League premiers virtually assured, most of the regular season’s remaining intrigue is being provided at the other end of the table

Sydney FC bounced back in style to continue their march towards the Premiers’ Plate and Melbourne Victory did what was required of them to stay in touch with the leaders, but it was below the A-League’s top two where the race to the finals was shaken up by a weekend of shocks, fatigue and a touch of class.

A particularly telling moment arrived just after the hour mark in Brisbane on Saturday, when a move involving more than 20 passes and covering the majority of the Suncorp Stadium pitch was finished off with three touches that would not have been out of place on the Nou Camp training ground.

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