A-League

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City – Bankwest Stadium

In the 56th minute of City’s thrilling 3-2 win over the Red & Black, Maclaren converted what proved to be a very crucial spot-kick. This came after Schwegler was deemed to have fouled Genreau in the box. Post-match, Babbel was asked by a reporter as to whether or not he thought it was a penalty. His reply, “f*s sake, no comment”. When pressed on the issue further, he unleashed another f-bomb, “f*ing have a look”. Suffice to say he was very pissed off about the call. The result leaves his side in 4th place, while Melbourne currently occupies 1st position.

That controversial penalty call was the first of Macca’s two goals on the game. He also scored the 92nd-minute winner continuing his red-hot start to the season. Brillante scored in the 73rd minute also for City, while Yeboah opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, as well as having one in the 80th. Melbourne had 60% possession and the Wanderers 40%. City shot 7/15 on target and the Wanderers were 6/9. Melbourne completed 81% of their passes, 444/546 and Western Sydney 74%, 265/356. City conceded 14 fouls and the Wanderers 10, with each side giving up two yellows each. Melbourne had 14 corners and the Wanderers 21.

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar – Westpac Stadium

Taylor scored for the Nix in the 10th minute and Davila had his 4th of the season in the 49th minute in Wellingtons 2-1 victory over Brisbane, their first of the season. A late 85th minute Mauk finish made things tense for the home side, but they came through with the three points in the end. Wellington is still last/11th on just four competition points, but they are also now only one win outside of a Top Six finish. Brisbane as a result of the one-goal defeat, are in 8th spot and just like the Nix, have just a single win to their name this campaign. And they look to be very flat and misfiring so far under the guidance of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.

Wellington owned 40% of the ball and Brisbane 60%. Wellington shot 6/14 on target and Brisbane shot 4/10 in the same category. The Nix had two shots blocked and the Roar one. The Nix completed 76% of their passes, 293/388. And the Roar completed 82%, 465/570. Foul numbers were high in this affair as the Nix gave up 19 and the Roar, 17. Both sides conceded two yellows each. Brisbane won 69 duels to their 50 and 23 aerial duels to their 12. The victors were forced into making 15 tackles, while the losing-side completed 13.

Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory – Hindmarsh

Ouch, ouch, ouch! In one of the A-Leagues original rivalries, Adelaide humiliated the dark blue side of Melbourne, three goals to one, in a sorrowing defeat for former Adelaide coach Marco Kurz. Back at his old stomping ground where he achieved great success, his side battled throughout the entire game as McGree scored the games opening goal in the 23rd minute. Toivonen proceeds to score for the Victory, their only decent player seemingly this season, in the 63rd minute. A Basha OG just two minutes later proceeded to give the Reds a 2-1 advantage. Before McGree finished them off with his second and 6th of the campaign in the 68th minute. McGree bouncing back from his recent international Football ban with a stunning solo performance. He lifted Adelaide up to 3rd, while Melbourne is stumbling around in 10th. Ouch again!

Both sides had 50% of the ball each, as the possession was split evenly. The Reds shot 5/23 on target and the Victory were 2/5. The Reds also had one shot come off the woodwork. Adelaide had eight blocked shots and Melbourne two. Both sides also completed 79% of their passes each. The Reds were at 343/434 and the Victory was at 338/428. Adelaide gave up 16 fouls and Melbourne 12. Each side also had one yellow a piece handed to them. The Victory in a small bright spot for them won 65 duels to the Reds 23. And they also won 12 aerial duels to their 11.

Perth Glory vs Sydney FC – NIB Stadium

Ninkovic went down in the box early on in the 12th minute after a slight tug of the shirt by Castro, much to the dismay of the Glory fans. The VAR reviewed it and Le Fondre converted the ensuing penalty. This was the first of four goals in the Sky Blues 3-1 victory over the Glory. Fornaroli scored for Perth on the stroke of half-time to give them some hope. But it was quickly dashed when a Djulbic OG gave Sydney a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute. And a Ninkovic strike, just his 2nd of the season, seven minutes later, iced the cake for Steve Corica’s men in what was an entertaining rematch of last seasons two Grand Finalists. Sydney is 2nd and only a single point of 1st. Perth is out of a finals position and is floundering around in 7th place on only six points. They have just one win from six matches played this campaign, quite a worrying start to the season for Tony Popovic’s side.

Sydney owned 42% of the ball and Perth 58% throughout the match. Sydney shot 3/7 on target and made them all count. And the Glory shot 5/17 on target, in what proved to be an of shooting performance on their behalf. Sydney had one blocked shot and Perth seven. The Sky Blues completed 76% of their passes, 268/352. And Perth was at 87%, 411/474. Sydney did 64 long balls and the Glory was at 21. Sydney made 13 crosses and the opposition was at 28. The Sky Blues had four corners and the Glory three. Both sides also leaked 14 fouls and two yellows each.

Central Coast Mariners vs Western United FC – Bluetongue Stadium

The Mariners finally did it as they kept a clean sheet in their fantastic, yet controversy-riddled 1-0 win over Western United. The only goal that separated the two sides was Gllifuoco’s strike in the 49th minute of the game with a powerful shot from outside the box. The Central Coast had 46% possession and WU had 54%. The Mariners shot 3/8 on target and WU couldn’t get a look in, despite the fact they fired away with 23 shots, landing six on target. WU also had one shot come off the woodwork. The Central Coast completed their passes at an 84% accuracy rate, good for 366/437. And WU was even better at 85%, good for 416 completed passes out of a possible 492. The Mariners won 54 duels to 48. And WU won 19 aerial duels to 11. The Central Coast leaked eight fouls and two yellows. Mark Rudan’s side leaked 11 and three.

When Berisha was subbed off in the 62nd minute for McDonald, he looked furious as he begrudgingly made his way off the field. He made no attempt to shake Rudan’s hand, although in all fairness Rudan did the exact same to him, as he made his way straight to the bench with a confused and sad expression to his face. He missed one sitter that Berisha himself would probably be pretty furious about and that was probably one of the major reasons he was hooked early on in the 2nd half. Rudan post-match also believed that United should have received two penalty calls based on what he thought were Central Coast handballs. He wanted more clarification on the handball rules given he believes the VAR have mucked about with it a bit. Per his quote, “not one VAR decision has gone our way this year, not one”. He just like Babbel was visibly pissed of that the refs hand a strong hand in the outcome of his team’s defeat.