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    Wanderers Win On Cole's Finale


    mack

    A lightning quick start for both sides turned this dead rubber contest into a spectacle early on, the game ending with late drama to see the Wanderers win 3-2 over Shanghai SIPG.

    The Wanderers kicked off, and were pretty much immediately behind on the scoreboard. After losing the ball in midfield, Shanghai went straight onto the attack, and Wu Lei punished some terrible defending by Cornthwaite with a blast across Janjetovic that the keeper got a finger to but wasn't able to stop it from going in. Just 21 seconds on the clock, with the fastest Champions League goal this season, and the 3rd fastest of all time.

    Western Sydney were stunned, but fought back immediately. Terry Antonis strode through a vacant Shanghai midfield, he threaded the needle to put Jumepi in on goal, and the Japanese winger tapped the ball past the onrushing keeper into the bottom corner.

    In just the 6th minute, the Wanderers had scored their 2nd, and the game's third, to take the lead. Jumpei ran onto a ball lofted over the top, he cut back inside his marker, tapped the ball into the path of Steven Lustica, and he took one touch and blasted a hard shot into the roof of the near post.

    21 minutes in Artiz Borda, who was only starting due to an injury to Scott Neville, produced yet another dreadful defensive display to help Shanghai draw level. One of the worst foreign defensive players to ever show up in Australia, Borda stuck out a leg and brought down the attacking Elkeson. Having won the penalty, Elkeson stepped up and placed the penalty straight down the middle as Janjetovic dived hopelessly to his right.

    Just minutes before full time, Jumpei combined with Sotirio to take a late late lead. Nico Martinez scooped a delightful ball over the top, Jumpei ran onto it, chipping Shanghai keeper Sun Le, Sotirio running onto the chip to slam it home to give the Wanderers a 3-1 lead. Deep into stoppage time Shannon Cole was giving a standing ovation as he left the field for the last time as a Wanderer, although the referee wasn't too impressed with his team-mates coming to congratulate him.

    The Wanderers long mediocre season has come to an end, with failure in the A-League Premiership, failure in the FFA Cup, failure in the Final Series and failure in the Asian Champions League. Tony Popovic will once again be gutting his squad, with potentially a dozen players leaving and needing to be replaced. The Wanderers ownership need to open their hefty chequebooks, and step up to ensure the Wanderers have two world class marquees for next season, with Popovic needing to look at his tactics & scouting to produce quality in defence, midfield and in attack.



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    Where's your imports where's your imports 

     

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    6 minutes ago, JayZko said:

    Where's your imports where's your imports 

     

    Sitting back at home comfortable since they have actual competitive matches to play still.

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    9 minutes ago, WSWBoro said:

    Borda worst defender I have seen for many a year.....and Boro have had more than a few shite ones over the years. Just how he ended up at WSW is a ******* question.

    I thought Clisby was the worst when he was at Melb City?

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    Did they ever announce the crowd numbers? I didn't catch it

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    1 hour ago, mack said:

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    clear dive

     

    on the actual match we performed really well i think and i expected to lose 5-0 so very happy with the end score

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    1 hour ago, WSWBoro said:

    Borda worst defender I have seen for many a year.....and Boro have had more than a few shite ones over the years. Just how he ended up at WSW is a ******* question.

    Was thinking the exact same thing again tonight!

    I really wouldn't be surprised if in a few years time stories start surfacing that we have been the victims of an elaborate hoax, and while the real Aritz Borda was swanning it up on a beach in Spain, we got his much more uncoordinated cousin. Or that the real Aritz Borda is dead but the family needed the money so sent the relative that most closely resembled him.

    There's only one thing I know for sure - this guy is an imposter of the highest order. I've never seen a player fall down unnecessarily as much as he does.

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    Great night. Fun game. Fitting end to a legend of the club. So good to see his teammates swarm him when he was going off, and the "na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Shannon Shannon Cole, Shannon Cole, Shannon Shannon Cole" was awesome.

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    Great end to the season on a cold cold night 

    and a long overdue flare! 

    Keep Antonis and sign Baccus get cracking! 

    The number 7 for the visitors was some player 

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    Well I enjoyed last night, the lads cut loose and gave Shanghai what for ( well, except for Borda !!) . Great to see Cole in his last run and he didn't let us down, as usual.

    Large amount of Chinese supporters out last night not just  in the away area. Good to see.

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    It was good to see the team play pretty well (Borda excepted) on a ground made for football instead of an egg. Cold though.

    And I was 80% happy with Jumpei - I've been an apologist for him all year, and last night for a little while he looked ok.

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    Jumpei did play well. He certainly has been looking more likely of late.

    However, it seems that his issues - apart from being a tiny little fella with a pop gun shot - are mental. He's too hesitant. Games like last night are made for him. No pressure, no worries. 

    Imagine he did the terrible little love-tap to their keeper in a game that mattered?

    Anyhoo, there's players on this team that need to go before him! If he is still here next year I won't mind, as long as Bruno, Borda are probs Dimas are gone too.

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    Jumpei got player of the match and as is normal he was presented with the trophy in front of the player of the match banner.

    It also looked like Baccus was given an award for something - by the Club? - it was presented to him away from the banners but in front of cameras - I didn't hear what was announced - anyone know?

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    A very enjoyable end to the season. I have hope for next season now, bring it on

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    1 hour ago, wswtragic said:

    It was good to see the team play pretty well (Borda excepted) on a ground made for football instead of an egg. Cold though.

    And I was 80% happy with Jumpei - I've been an apologist for him all year, and last night for a little while he looked ok.

    amazing to think that there were three rugby league games there on saturday.

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    Psst nobody mentioned the flare lol!!!!!!

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    Hill make a couple of comments while commentating.

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