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Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers 22/09/2017 7:30PM

  • Opponent: Melbourne City
    Home Team: Melbourne City
    Away Team: Western Sydney Wanderers
    Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:30PM EST
    Round: Pre-Season
    Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
    Location: Shepparton, Victoria
    Stadium: McEwen Reserve
    Result: West Sydney Loss
    Western Sydney Score: 0
    Opponent Score: 1
    Time Of Result: 90 Minutes
    Western Sydney Starting Lineup: John Hall, Brendan Hamill, Steven Lustica, Alvaro Cejudo, Brendon Santalab, Raul Llorente, Chris Herd, Keanu Baccus, Abraham Majok, Jordan Hall, Nick Krousouratis
    Western Sydney Substitutions: Nick Suman (John Hall), Lachlan Scott, Kristian Popovic, Thomas Aquilina, Dylan Ruiz-Diaz, Lochlan Cons
    Western Sydney Manager: Tony Popovic
    Opponent Starting Lineup: Eugene Galekovic, Scott Jamieson, Bart Schenkeveld, Osama Malik, Bruce Kamau, Stefan Mauk, Daniel Arzaniii, Ruon Tongyik, Iacopo La Rocca, Luke Brattan, Marcin Budzinski
    Opponent Substitutions: Dean Bouzanis, Marcele Carrusca, Braedyn Crowley, Connor Metcalfe, Ramy Najjarine, Christian Cavallo
    Opponent Goals: Daniel Arzani (21)
    Opponent Manager: Warren Joyce
    Attendance: 2500
    Referee: Jonathan Barriero
    Post Match Thread:

    No Post Match Thread

    Note 1: Nick Krousouratis was on trial for the Wanderers.
Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers 22/09/2017 7:30PM
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1 minute ago, mack said:

I think his son is like 13 years old, so it's more likely the unrelated Popovic who plays NPL.

So the Popovic name propogates

Popovic (Mirislav) in Germany and Olyroos

Popovic NPL

Popovic NPL Youth

Popovic Coach

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13 minutes ago, tardotz said:

A game 2 days after a cup tie that went to penalties played on artificial turf.... this was never going to be a useful test.

Scheduling became crap after the FFA schedule was put out  our game should have on the 13 Sep 

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Result: City 1-0 Wanderer


Melbourne City FC has secured a 1-0 pre-season friendly win over fellow A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers in Shepparton on Friday night. The match, played in front of 2500 local and travelling fans at the newly-unveiled Shepparton Sports City football facility, John McEwen Reserve, was decided through a first-half penalty from Daniel Arzani.

Starting XI Warren Joyce opted for a strong starting line-up, with Polish midfielder and newly-signed marquee Marcin Budzinski a key inclusion after his arrival at the Club on Monday. Without the injured Bruno Fornaroli in attack, City lined up with Budzinski in an attacking midfield role with Stefan Mauk in support, and Bruce Kamau and Daniel Arzani in advanced positions. Michael Jakobsen, Neil Kilkenny, Nick Fitzgerald and Tim Cahill were rested, while Fernando Brandan travelled for the match to meet with fans and sign autographs on a warm evening in Shepparton. What happened?With the Wanderers having played 120 minutes plus penalties in its FFA Cup Quarter Final against Blacktown City on Wednesday, Tony Popovic opted to travel to Victoria with a number of first-team players, complemented by a selection of youth.

The match commenced with high intensity, so much so that City defender Scott Jamieson had to be withdrawn from the match, replaced by Christian Cavallo, after appearing to fall awkwardly and tweak his back early in the first half.

Wanderers carved out the first half chance of the match via Nick Krousouratis, with his flick on from a corner glancing the top of the cross bar in the 10th minute.

A short time later Arzani slipped Cavallo through on goal, with the latter forcing a strong save from John Hall in the Wanderers goal in the 16th minute.

In the 21st minute, a short corner from City saw Arzani felled in the box and the teenage midfielder stepped up to slot the spot-kick past Hall, sending the stopper the wrong way.

Budzinski had a half chance after the half hour mark, dropping his free kick in front of Hall, but the ‘keeper collected easily.

The contest petered out somewhat prior to the break, with Western Sydney making a number of changes at the interval.

With only a handful of chances in the second half, City went close to doubling its lead as Mauk fired in Kamau’s cut back in the 83rd minute, while Eugene Galekovic was rarely troubled on an evening where both teams helped to usher in a new era for the facility at Shepparton Sports City.

What’s next?

City have one final behind-closed-doors friendly encounter against Adelaide United prior to the start of the A-League season, which commences on October 6 with a season opener against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.

Match Summary
Hyundai A-League Pre-Season Friendly
Melbourne City FC 1 (Daniel Arzani 21’ [PEN])
Western Sydney Wanderers 0
John McEwen Reserve, Shepparton
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Crowd: 2500

Melbourne City FC Squad: 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK), 3. Scott JAMIESON, 5. Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6. Osama MALIK (C), 11. Bruce KAMAU, 13. Stefan MAUK, 14. Daniel ARZANI, 21. Ruon TONGYIK, 25. Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI
Substitutes: 1. Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 9. Marcelo CARRUSCA, 12. Braedyn CROWLEY, 34. Connor METCALFE, 35. Ramy NAJJARINE, 26. Christian CAVALLO

Western Sydney Wanderers Squad: 30. John HALL (GK), 5. Brendan HAMILL, 7. Steven LUSTICA, 10. Alvaro CEJUDO, 11. Brendon SANTALAB (C), 24. Raul LLORENTE, 25. Chris HERD, 42. Keanu BACCUS, 49. Abraham MAJOK, 56. Jordan HALL, 65. Nick KROUSOURATIS
Substitutes: 40. Nick SUMAN (GK), 23. Lachlan SCOTT, 54. Kristian POPOVIC, 55. Thomas AQUILINA,  58. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ, 59. Lochlan CONS

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3 hours ago, danielcarr said:

Get me a job at the club.

You were provided with an opportunity, but you don't drive

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21 hours ago, Taurus said:

You were provided with an opportunity, but you don't drive

You and I both have time on our hand soon and working mobile phones that can get coverage.

I'm game if you are...

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2 hours ago, ManfredSchaefer said:

You and I both have time on our hand soon and working mobile phones that can get coverage.

I'm game if you are...

My Nokia doesn't do interwebz, so I'm of no use to anyone. 

I have bigger issues to worry about atm, such as finding a palatial residence to call home, prior to the weekend of the Glory game

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