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FC Seoul vs Western Sydney Wanderers 15/03/2017 7:30PM

Mar 13 2017 12:02 AM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

FC Seoul vs Western Sydney Wanderers

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Wednesday 15 March 2017 - 7:30PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 9:30PM EDT

Round: Group Stage

Competition: Asian Champions League

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium

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Dour 0-0 Draw Marred By Officials

Mar 04 2017 09:50 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Referee Kris Griffiths Jones helped Adelaide to an undeserved point in a soggy 0-0 draw tonight.

With Adelaide in 10th place, and the Wanderers yet to score a victory at the Olympic Showground, the Red & Black wanted to make a statement against the cellar dwellers. Their quest began in earnest in the 20th minute, with Nico Martinez lifting a cross from a short corner to Kearyn Baccus, the young midfielder headed back across goal for Lachlan Scott. He beat the keeper with his toepoke toward goal but not a defender on the goal-line who turned the shot away.

Just prior to the break the Wanderers should have taken the lead but were unfairly denied by the referee. Jumpei Kusukami & Jack Clisby combined down the left flank, the fullback fired in a cross that Daniel Margush spilled at the feet of the onrushing Scott, sparking an almighty goalmouth scramble between Terry Antonis, Dimas, Scott, four Adelaide defenders and their goalkeeper. Margush dived to the turf in a recovery attempt but the slippery surface had him beat, he dropped the rebound off Scott, Dimas had a lash at the ball, Margush could only watch the ball slide out of his hands, Dimas smashed the ball home finally to the delight of the home fans but like so many other games this season, the Wanderers were killed by an incorrect decision.

Rescuing the keeper, Griffiths-Jones decided that somewhere in the scramble that there was a foul on the keeper, incorrectly assessing him as having 'control' of the ball, despite the laws stating that a goalkeeper can't control a ball just by touching it after dropping it accidentally. Additionally, Lachlan Scott was denied a goal with a dubious offside call

Despite the poor refereeing on display, the Wanderers should have done the job in the second half but once again a lack of penetration and quality with the final ball let them down. Terry Antonis forced a good save out of Margush with a long range left foot strike that the keeper turned over the bar. Scott couldn't buy a goal, his 50th minute effort of a header he nodded on target despite having to jump backwards was also saved by Margush.

Kearyn Baccus dodged and weaved through the Adelaide defence 3 minutes before time, passing through Tarek Elrich and other defenders, linking with Ryan Griffiths before smashing his shot wide. Jaushua Sotirio had a shot deflected away for a corner and the last chance of the game was a free kick for Antonis, but inexplicably he failed to realised it was awarded as an indirect free kick, not that it mattered as he crashed the shot on the crossbar.

It was another game of short corners and poorly taken long corners, being either unable to beat the first man, or smashing it far across the penalty area, fullbacks who cross the ball to people who aren't in a position to attack the ball, and forwards who couldn't fire home. The refereeing on display was the usual ineptitude in the A-League, the pitch was a disgrace but the Wanderers should have put three past the poor Adelaide side.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide United 4/03/2017 7:50PM

Mar 02 2017 02:33 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide United

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Saturday 4 March 2017 - 7:50PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:50PM EDT

Round: 22

Competition: A-League Regular Season

Location: Sydney Olympic Park

Stadium: Sydney Showground

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Hulk Smashes Wanderers ACL Hopes

Feb 28 2017 11:30 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Brazilian megastar Hulk has torn apart the Wanderers Asian Champions League hopes, leading Shanghai SIPG to a 5-1 demolition against a typically inept Wanderers in Shanghai tonight.

With the dreadful duo of Brendan Hamill & Artiz Borda in central "defence" it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the Wanderers, and Shanghai opened up the procession after only 3 minutes. Oscar combined with fullback Zhang Wei, and the young defender delivered an inch perfect cross, with the defenders left standing on the 6 yard box, Hulk monstered Jaushua Sotirio and thumped a bullet header giving Tyson no chance.

Shanghai's 2nd Brazilian, ex-Chelsea star Oscar, put a second past the Wanderers 15 minutes into the game. He played a neat one-two with Hulk, before Oscar fired a first time strike to the far post and past Tyson.

Mitch Nichols scored what must have been one of the earliest consolation goals in football history, Neville picked out Nichols with a cutback, and he emulated Oscar's finish to the far post giving the keeper no chance. Tony Popovic was excited on the sideline, but it would the last piece of inspiration from his side on the evening.

In just the 25th minute it was 3-1. Tyson made the basic error of failing to control a shot sent straight at him, and defender Shi Ke mopped up the rebound with a tap-in.

The parade of goals continued for the Chinese side with their 3rd Brazilian Elkeson scoring their fourth of the night moments after the 3rd. Hulk aimed a volley from the back post, his mishit fell fortuitously for Elkeson who had been left unmarked in the box and he made no mistake from point blank range.

The one silver lining was that the Wanderers only managed to concede 1 more goal in the next hour of football, it came in the 75th minute from Wu Lei, as he pounced on a ball over the top of Clisby, burning the fullback for pace, his shot nutmegged Tyson.

There's not much more to say than it was another game that the Wanderers team never looked like winning. The team played like they never even though it was possible. Hulk might be paid more than the entire Wanderers team, but all the money in the world doesn't buy concerted effort on the pitch. Hulk delivered that in spades, his man of the match performance with the ball was punctuated with deep hunger and desire, a workrate matching the entire 11 men of his opposition, tracking back and looking to score even with the score blown out in the 2nd half.

After just two games there looks to be little hope of progression from the group stage, and now the Wanderers go into the match against Adelaide having lost three games in a row.

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Shanghai SIPG vs Western Sydney Wanderers 28/02/2017 7:30PM

Feb 27 2017 12:03 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Shanghai SIPG vs Western Sydney Wanderers

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 28 February 2017 - 7:30PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 10:30PM EDT

Round: Group Stage

Competition: Asian Champions League

Location: Shanghai, China

Stadium: Shanghai Stadium

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