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Oct 02

A-League 2017-18 preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Our team-by-team guide to the new season kicks off with the four sides least likely to make the finals this year

Wellington, Central Coast, Adelaide and Newcastle – if you support any of these teams you probably think what follows is a stitch-up or further evidence of some kind of bias. And the truth is, they could all equally go on to make the top four; this is Australian football we’re talking about after all, a universe about as reliable as a Trump administration spokesperson.

Yet there also happens to be some logic behind the decision to include them. This quartet occupied the bottom four spots on last year’s ladder, three of them have been hanging around there for the past two seasons, a pair of them for the last three years, and in the case of the Jets, seven seasons on the trot. So, while each can look forward to improved efforts, they still have plenty of ground to make up on sides above them.

Related: Tony Popovic quits Western Sydney Wanderers on eve of A-League season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/03/a-league-2017-18-preview-part-one-the-teams-bubbling-under

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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/16/a-league-brisbane-roar-wellington-phoenix-perth-glory-melbourne-city

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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2017/apr/08/video-assistant-referee-awards-controversial-penalty-in-a-league-game-video

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/08/aleague-round-26-match-reports

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/phoenix-stay-in-hunt-for-a-league-finals-berth-with-upset-of-melbourne-victory

Mar 26

A-League: Sydney FC celebrate Premiers’ Plate with win over Perth

  • 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.

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

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/26/a-league-sydney-fc-celebrate-premiers-plate-with-win-over-perth

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 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 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.

Related: Banned Western Sydney fans are ‘juvenile idiots’, says Ange Postecoglou

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/27/phoenix-lead-late-season-scramble-as-finals-race-remains-wide-open

Feb 25

A-League: Victory beat Adelaide, as Wellington Phoenix upset tired Roar

  • 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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/25/a-league-wellington-phoenix-upset-tired-roar-in-brisbane

Feb 18

A-League: Wanderers win Sydney derby as Melbourne City thrash Phoenix

  • Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Sydney FC
  • Wellington Phoenix 1-5 Melbourne City

Western Sydney have sent Sydney FC to their first A-League defeat this season, shocking the runaway leaders 1-0 to claim their first derby win in more than three years.

Thirty-seven months after Brendon Santalab scored the winner in the Wanderers’s last cross-town victory, the veteran striker set the stands alight on Saturday night with a 26th-minute opener that was never answered at ANZ Stadium.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/18/a-league-melbourne-city-thrash-phoenix-in-wellington-western-sydney-wanderers-sydney-fc

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 09

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

  • Sydney FC 3-1 Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium
  • Sydney extend their unbeaten run to 19 games on appalling pitch

Another week, another A-League win for table-topping Sydney FC, who made light work of Wellington to extend their unbeaten record to 19 games. Only eight matches now stand between the Sky Blues and their unprecedented Invincibles target, after Thursday night’s emphatic 3-1 win lifted them 12 points clear at the top.

The Allianz Stadium pitch was in poor shape after last weekend’s Sydney Sevens rugby event but Rhyan Grant, Bobo and Milos Ninkovic all chipped in to take their team’s tally to a league-high 41 goals.

Related: Melbourne City’s Bouzanis gets five-game A-League ban for racial slur

Related: David Squires on … an incident-packed Melbourne derby

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/09/sydney-fc-looking-like-a-league-invincibles-after-emphatic-phoenix-win

Feb 04

Victory seal controversial comeback win in Melbourne derby

Besart Berisha propelled Melbourne Victory to an A-League derby comeback for the ages, coming from a goal behind to defeat Melbourne City 2-1 in the dying stages. Amid high drama on Saturday, Tim Cahill was sent off for dissent without making it onto the pitch as Victory jumped off the canvas with six minutes remaining.

City appeared to be heading for a win when Neil Kilkenny scored the first goal of his Australian career to put them ahead after 70 minutes. But Berisha – who had threatened to be the night’s villain after having a penalty saved brilliantly by Dean Bouzanis – put Victory on terms from Marco Rojas’ cut-back.

Related: Sydney FC undefeated from 18 A-League starts after Brisbane draw

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/05/melbourne-derby-victory-a-league-glory

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 21

A-League: Glory beat Victory in Perth thriller and Brisbane Roar win in Wellington

  • Perth Glory 2-1 Melbourne Victory
  • Brisbane end five-week winless run with 1-0 win over Phoenix

Melbourne Victory have slumped to their second straight defeat, with Perth coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win in Saturday night’s A-League clash at nib Stadium.

Victory striker Besart Berisha made up for his first-half penalty miss with a successful spot kick in the 58th minute. But Glory stormed back into the contest, with Nebojsa Marinkovic nailing a 21m free kick in the 71st minute, before Adam Taggart scored the winner with an 84th-minute tap-in.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/21/a-league-late-maclaren-goal-sees-brisbane-roar-win-in-wellington-melbourne-victory-perth-glory

Jan 17

Wellington Phoenix up to fifth in A-League after stunning Victory

  • Wellington Phoenix 3-0 Melbourne Victory
  • Phoenix climb into top six for first time this season

It was business as usual for Wellington Phoenix co-coach Des Buckingham after Tuesday night’s 3-0 A-League upset of Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium.

The Phoenix’s fifth win of the season was set up by Roly Bonevacia’s 33rd-minute strike, and capped off by late goals from Jacob Tratt and Kosta Barbarouses.

Related: Australia moves closer to Asia with A-League to adopt import quota rule

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/18/wellington-phoenix-up-to-fifth-in-a-league-after-stunning-victory

Jan 14

Controversy as Sydney FC and Wanderers share spoils in derby clash

Sydney FC have retained their superior A-League derby status, holding Western Sydney to a goalless draw in controversial circumstances. Saturday night’s stalemate will aggrieve the Wanderers, who should have been awarded a first-half penalty for Michael Zullo’s handball.

But Danny Vukovic’s late heroics in front of a crowd of 40,143 at Allianz Stadium ensured the Sky Blues’ unbeaten juggernaut rolled into a 15th game, as Graham Arnold’s league leaders stretched their undefeated derby record to three years and three days.

Related: Melbourne Victory hang on against Brisbane Roar in A-League classic

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/14/controversy-as-sydney-fc-and-wanderers-share-the-spoils-in-tight-clash

Jan 01

Phoenix extend unbeaten A-League run with draw against Adelaide

  • Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Adelaide United in Wellington
  • Nix extend unbeaten run to four games but again lack killer instinct

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