Mark Bridge found an early opener before Xavier Torres tucked away a penalty not long after in a 1-1 draw between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium on Sunday night.

The absence of the RBB made for an eerily quiet setting between two teams teetering on the brink of a finals position.

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The Wanderers threatened early, and were awarded with the opener in the 10th minute via captain Mark Bridge.

Keanu Baccus collected a clearance on the edge of the area and looked to drive the loose ball from range. The shot was a misfire, but it fortunately fell to Bridge who turned inside on his right before slotting it past Liam Reddy for the opener.

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The lead was short-lived however as Perth Glory took just three minutes to reply.  Xavier Torres tactfully squeezed a pass inside Raul Llorente to time the run of Joel Chianese in behind.

Vedran Janjetovic moved out for the one on one and made contact with Chianese during the challenge, the contact was minimal, but it was enough to bring down the forward for a penalty.

Torres didn’t hesitate and drilled the ball from the spot into the bottom right for the equaliser.

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For the remainder of the half Perth Glory settled better than their opponents and began to carve out a greater share of the chances.

Jacob Italiano was making tidy runs down the left and toying with Michael Thwaite near the area, while Scott Neville and Andrew Keogh were pairing well on the other side.

Marcelo Carrusca nearly managed to nudge a shot past Reddy while Andreu Guerao glimpsed a chance from range however neither side entered the interval on top.

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It was a scrappy and disjointed return to play and both teams struggled to produce anything of merit for a large portion of the second half.

There were chances few and far between as the game fell into a rut and it seemed a draw was the inevitable result.

Ikonomidis was desperately trying to create something in the front third and nearly broke the gridlock when he punched a long range shot just wide of its intended target.

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Adam Taggart was providing some inspiration for Glory but couldn’t capitalise on his headed opportunity.

The contest suddenly burst to life in the dying minutes after Liam Reddy appeared to bring down Jaushua Sotirio in a one on one just inches outside the area.

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After some disarray and dispute involving the VAR Reddy was shown a red and nearly sparked a scuffle before leaving the field.

Dino Djulbic was forced to don the gloves but Marcelo Carrusca lofted his free kick well over the bar ensuring the unfamiliar keeper was not called into action for the final chance of the game.

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Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (BRIDGE Mark 10′)

Perth Glory 1 (TORRES Xavi 13′)

Spotless Stadium: 6, 612

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referees: Andrej GIEV and James TESORIERO

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 3. CLISBY Jack, 4. RISDON Joshua, 6. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 9. RIERA Oriol, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro, 18. IKONOMIDIS Christopher, 19. BRIDGE Mark (c), 24. LLORENTE Raul, 33. THWAITE Michael, 42. BACCUS Keanu

Substitutes: SUMAN Nicholas (gk), 7. LUSTICA Steven, 15. BACCUS Kearyn

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam (gk), 2. GRANT Alexander, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. TORRES Xavier, 9. KEOGH Andrew, 16. MILLS Joseph, 18. GUERAO Andreu, 23. NEVILLE Scott, 26. ITALIANO Jacob, 66. DJULBIC Dino, 88. KILKENNY Neil

Substitutes: FEELY Nicholas (gk), 4. LOWRY Shane, 15. WILSON Brandon

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.