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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 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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/adelaide-united-stay-grounded-despite-acl-red-letter-night-in-south-korea

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/03/a-league-players-to-be-booked-if-they-appeal-to-referee-for-video-referral

Mar 31

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

  • Adelaide United 1-1 Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium
  • ‘Yeah, it’s a pen,’ says Kenny Lowe as Castro penalty riles Adelaide fans

Perth Glory’s Diego Castro has kept his A-League side’s top-four ambitions flickering with a stage-dive penalty in a 1-1 away draw with Adelaide United. Castro scored after earning a penalty in an act which riled Adelaide and their parochial home crowd at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Perth remain fifth, three points shy of fourth-placed Brisbane and third-placed Melbourne City ahead of weekend fixtures. After United’s Dylan McGowan headed the home side to the lead, Castro equalised having collapsed as a result of slight contact from the Reds defender.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/31/a-league-adelaide-and-perth-draw-after-controversial-castro-penalty

Mar 25

Roar’s wonder goal sinks Victory and hands Premiers Plate to Sydney FC

  • 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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/25/adelaide-leapfrog-mariners-in-battle-to-avoid-wooden-spoon

Mar 22

David Squires on … the fiery ending to Adelaide’s encounter with Brisbane

Our resident cartoonist casts an eye back over the controversial clash at Coopers Stadium

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2017/mar/23/david-squires-on-the-fiery-ending-to-adelaides-encounter-with-brisbane

Mar 19

Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/adelaide-nick-a-league-win-over-brisbane-after-98th-minute-controversy

Mar 15

Wanderers gain confidence after rescuing ACL campaign in Korea

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/16/wanderers-gain-confidence-after-rescuing-acl-campaign-in-korea

Mar 04

Further frustration for Wanderers in stalemate with struggling Adelaide

  • 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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/04/a-league-football-phoenix-glory-wanderers

Feb 22

Adelaide United struggle in ACL defeat to Gamba Osaka

Adelaide United 0-3 Gamba OsakaA-League champions no match for wily Japanese sideJapanese side Gamba Osaka proved too strong for Adelaide United, running out 3-0 winners in the opening match of Group H in the Asian Champions League at Coopers Stadium o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/22/adelaide-united-struggle-in-acl-defeat-to-gamba-osaka

Feb 17

A-League: Adelaide United too good for Newcastle Jets in heated encounter

Adelaide United 1-0 Newcastle Jets at Coopers StadiumMarcelo Carrusca scores winner before heated melee in AdelaideA spirited Adelaide United ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, thanks in no smal…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/a-league-adelaide-united-too-good-for-newcastle-jets-in-heated-encounter

Feb 12

A-League is providing the thrills, but FFA’s inertia is cause for serious concern

A-League should be gearing up for all-action climax to the season, but the absence of hype is demoralising and momentum is being lost

Living near Australia’s east coast, the first thing I do in a morning is pour myself a steaming hot mug of bias. This fuels the daily search for A-League news, which consists of an exhaustive trawl through sources from Victoria all the way to New South Wales. But today, to my surprise, I was confronted by a disturbance in the force, the unavoidable presence of Perth Glory.

Under the cloak of west coast anonymity Glory have won four of their past six matches to move level on points with fourth-placed Melbourne City, just two behind next week’s visitors to nib Stadium and occupants of the third and final Asian Champions League qualification spot, Brisbane Roar. During this run Glory have scored at least twice in every match, culminating in the season’s biggest shellacking on Friday night.

Related: A-League: Castro nets twice as Perth Glory thrash Adelaide

Related: Sydney FC looking like A-League Invincibles after emphatic Phoenix win

Related: Depleted Melbourne City come back to earn draw against Brisbane Roar

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/13/a-league-is-providing-the-thrills-but-ffas-inertia-is-cause-for-serious-concern

Feb 10

A-League: Castro nets twice as Perth Glory thrash Adelaide

  • Perth Glory 5-0 Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium
  • Diego Castro pilots thrashing with two-goal performance

Perth Glory maestro Diego Castro orchestrated a 5-0 belting of a demoralised Adelaide United in Friday night’s A-League match. Castro scored two goals, set up another for Andy Keogh and featured in the lead-up to Adam Taggart’s score as Perth climbed to fourth spot.

Adelaide can’t slip any lower on the ladder – they’re dead last – but they plunged to fresh, dark depths in a ramshackle display at Coopers Stadium. The loss was Adelaide’s biggest on home soil, eclipsing their 0-4 result just seven weeks ago against Sydney FC.

Related: Sydney FC looking like A-League Invincibles after emphatic Phoenix win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/10/a-league-castro-nets-twice-as-perth-glory-thrash-adelaide

Feb 05

Central Coast finally post consecutive A-League wins with victory over Adelaide

  • Central Coast Mariners 2-1 Adelaide United
  • Mariners move to within five points of place in top six

Central Coast secured their first back-to-back A-League wins in nearly three years, seeing off Adelaide United 2-1 to defibrillate their slender finals aspirations. Fabio Ferreira scored against his former club in a hot and sticky Canberra on Sunday, before Kwabena Appiah netted his first A-League goal to lift the Mariners within five points of sixth-placed Western Sydney, who they play next weekend.

Their first set of consecutive wins since April 2014 came despite a slow start in stifling 33-degree heat, countered with drinks breaks both sides of half-time. And though Adelaide had the early run and earned a stoppage-time consolation via a fine finish from teenager Jordan O’Doherty, the reigning champions now lag five points adrift at the foot of the ladder.

Related: Dean Bouzanis apologises for Besart Berisha ‘gypsy’ slur in Melbourne derby

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/05/central-coast-finally-post-consecutive-a-league-wins-with-victory-over-adelaide

Jan 30

FFA rejects Wellington Phoenix’s heatstroke claim after Adelaide sorcher

  • FFA informed by medical staff that ‘no players suffered heatstroke’
  • Phoenix and Adelaide had played out 2-2 draw in steaming conditions

Football Federation Australia has rejected Wellington’s claims players suffered heatstroke during Adelaide’s A-League scorcher and defended its call not to push back the mid-afternoon kick-off time.

The controversial issue of heat and player welfare again came under the spotlight on Sunday when the Phoenix and Reds struggled through a sweltering 2-2 draw at Coopers Stadium.

Related: Wellington players fall ill during A-League draw in oppressive Adelaide heat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/30/ffa-rejects-wellington-phoenixs-heatstroke-claim-after-adelaide-sorcher

Jan 29

Wellington players fall ill during A-League draw in oppressive Adelaide heat

  • Adelaide United 2-2 Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium
  • Phoenix miss out on opportunity to go fifth on ladder

Some Wellington Phoenix players were ill with heatstroke during their 2-2 away draw against Adelaide on Sunday after a request to delay the game was refused. Phoenix staff asked Football Federation Australia to delay kick-off in the fixture in Adelaide which was played in oppressive temperatures above 38 degrees.

Wellington’s request was refused and the match went ahead as scheduled from 4.30pm local time. Some Phoenix players suffered heatstroke and were sick at half-time of a game which featured drinks breaks at 15-minute intervals.

Related: Chelsea set for brush with Glory after Perth friendly announced for 2018

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/29/adelaide-united-youngsters-frustrate-wellington-phoenix-in-a-league-draw

Jan 20

Sydney FC extend their A-League lead to eight points in Adelaide win

  • Sydney FC 2-0 Adelaide United at Allianz Stadium
  • Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque score two minutes apart in win

Two goals in two minutes have kept Sydney FC’s undefeated juggernaut rolling, with Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic lifting the A-League leaders to a 2-0 victory over Adelaide. The Sky Blues struggled early on Friday night at a slippery Allianz Stadium and were left frustrated by a wrongly disallowed Filip Holosko goal.

But Graham’s Arnold’s men found their form in the second half to stretch their unbeaten streak to 16 games, notching their 12th win and 10th clean sheet. They climb eight points clear at the top of the ladder. The Reds, who entered the match 27 points behind Sydney, remain second last on goal difference despite strong displays by Marcelo Carrusca and Isaias. 

Related: David Squires on … fan behaviour at the Sydney derby

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/20/sydney-fc-extend-their-a-league-lead-to-eight-points-in-adelaide-win

Jan 12

Adelaide United stun Melbourne City after late Mark Ochieng winner

  • Adelaide Unitd 2-1 Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium
  • Substitute Mark Ochieng scores 87th minute winner to stun City

Adelaide United have stunned Melbourne City 2-1 in their A-League clash at Coopers Stadium, courtesy of a dramatic 87th-minute goal by young substitute Mark Ochieng. The Reds were forced to come from behind on Thursday night after Bruno Fornaroli opened the scoring in just the fourth minute.

It was just the defending champions’ second win of the season and a less-than-ideal return to Coopers Stadium for former Adelaide assistant and interim City coach Michael Valkanis.

Related: David Squires on … Melbourne City’s next coach

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/13/adelaide-united-stun-melbourne-city-after-late-mark-ochieng-winner

Jan 07

James Troisi stars as in-form Melbourne Victory overcome Adelaide United

Adelaide United 0-2 Melbourne VictoryBrisbane Roar 2-3 Newcastle JetsMelbourne Victory chalked up their fifth win on the trot with a clinical 2-0 defeat of Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.James Troisi starred for the visitors with a goal and an assi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/07/newcastle-striker-morten-nordstrand-pops-up-late-to-upset-brisbane-roar

Jan 01

Phoenix extend unbeaten A-League run with draw against Adelaide

  • Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Adelaide United in Wellington
  • Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Perth Glory at ANZ Stadium

Wellington Phoenix have extended their unbeaten A-League streak to four games, but interim coach Chris Greenacre has been left lamenting the lack of a killer instinct in their scoreless draw with Adelaide United in Wellington. Back on home turf at Westpac Stadium for the first time in eight weeks, Wellington created enough opportunities to secure a win on Sunday but just couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Wellington managed 13 shots in appalling conditions, with eight on target, while defending champions Adelaide recorded nine with none troubling Phoenix keeper Glen Moss. Strong swirling winds and blustery rain made for treacherous slippery conditions and the game grew increasingly scrappy, referee Matthew Conger dishing out nine yellow cards.

Related: What lies ahead in 2017: the major highlights in Australian sport

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/01/phoenix-extend-unbeaten-a-league-run-with-draw-against-adelaide

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