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    Behind Closed Doors Draw


    The final Sydney Derby of the A-League regular season has ended in a 1-1 draw that the Wanderers were lucky to receive.

    With the game locked out to the public the match took on an eerie quality completely unlike those of derbies past. Both sides had to work into the contest, jockeying for control and it took until the 35th minute for Sydney FC to open the scoring. Kosta Barbarouses turned and shot at goal, forcing Daniel Lopar into a save where he pushed the ball back out towards his right. Adam Le Fondre pounced on the rebound with the Wanderers defence static, a tap-in into the empty net.

    The Wanderers came back out in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose but had trouble penetrating the Sydney FC penalty area. In particular, the Wanderers fullbacks seeing a lot of ball in the attacking third but they were incapable of finding a team-mate with a cross or cut-back.

    It was one of those poor crosses that eventually resulted in the Wanderers equaliser. A pair of deflections from Sydney FC saw the ball roll out to the edge of the penalty area, Simon Cox fired a first time strike that bounced off the feet of Kwame Yeboah and left Andrew Redmayne completely wrong-footed with no hope of a save. It was hardly a deserved equaliser if not for the effort in the 2nd half, and they pushed ahead to try and find a winner that would have put them back in the top 6. Unfortunately for the home side the inability to find the final ball reared it's ugly head once again and the game ran out as a 1-1 draw. It left Sydney FC without a Derby win this season but is unlikely to do much to halt their ascent to another A-League Premiership.

    The Wanderers next game is scheduled to be against Western United in Ballarat, Victoria on Saturday 29th March.

    Edited by mack

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    It wasn't viewed by 25 million Italians.

    The POTENTIAL audience was 25 million Italian homes. That's what Hill said during the broadcast. That figure has somehow now turned to "25 million Italians watched the match" which is incorrect.


    In terms of revenue for the HAL/FFA. There would be NO extra revenue. These would be from existing broadcast contracts that are in place.

    Its just that now everyone is at home and want some football so the potential is more than normal.



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    On 22/03/2020 at 6:06 PM, bombagol said:

    This derby was streamed to a stack of countries with fans starved of their local football action ... So does anyone know what were the viewing figures?

    What sort of revenue did that produce for the FFA?  Would the clubs get a cut of that action?

    And importantly, what was the international reaction to the game itself, the pace of the game and the skills of the players?

    There was one comment on the Facebook page that was from a French guy pretty much saying "this was **** to watch, Ligue 1 is the best" so I replied "French people...forever and always will be arrogant pigs"

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    23 hours ago, SBW said:

    First half we were ok but second half, we pressed very high the smurfs half and they had to defend deep, considering the players were missing, I thought we did very well, its a game we should have won based on the performance of both teams int he second half.

    The Le Fondre goal was just soft, give him time and space and he will score, its a shame that no one marked him in defence, our goal was very lucky but well deserved.

    (Apologies if this image is big)


    Russell was clearly ball watching, that's where the error happened.
    Ziggy was defending Ninkovic so he has moved up on his spot.
    Jurman and Georgievski did their job trying to defend the ball.
    It was an error that cost the team 1 point

    Edited by MathyouWSW

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