Steadfast Adelaide hold Sydney scoreless

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Adelaide United’s impressive recent record at Allianz Stadium continued as the visitors managed to hold out league leaders Sydney FC in front of a lackluster crowd of just over 13,000.

The 0-0 stalemate proved the first of the A-League season, and Sydney FC will be thoroughly disappointed with an off colour display.

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It proved a half of few opportunities in the first 45 minutes, with both sides limited to a handful of shots.

Adelaide started the better of the two teams, looking relaxed in possession and moving the ball around with a grace that you wouldn’t expect from the current cellar dwellers.

Milos Ninkovic proved dangerous as always on the ball for the home side, as he attempted to spark some life into the home team.

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A crunching head clash between James Holland and Matt Jurman left the Sydney FC centre-back covered in blood and garnering medical help, but the resulting break in play seemed to spark both teams to life.

Tarek Elrich almost put the Reds in front in the 38th minute with a driving run and flying left foot finish edging just wide of Danny Vukovic’s goal.

The hosts had a similar chance just minutes later when Filip Holosko found himself one on one with Eugene Galekovic, and the Slovakian should have done better but managed to drag his shot wide.

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Graham Arnold may have had one eye on the clash with Melbourne City in Wednesday night’s FFA Cup Final, bringing on Alex Brosque for an otherwise impressive Holosko after just 56 minutes among a number of second half changes.

James Holland should have given Adelaide the lead after 60 minutes, but a tame effort from the midfielder comfortably found the hands of Vukovic.

Sydney had a 76th minute penalty shout waved away by referee Kris Griffiths-Jones, and replays showed Holland’s body check on Ninkovic was indeed soft.

The game petered out in a scrappy finale with neither side creating enough to warrant the three points.

Sydney FC 0
Adelaide United 0

Stadium: Allianz Stadium
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referees: Allyson Flynn and Anton Shchetinin
Fourth Official: Chris Beath

Sydney FC: 4. WILKINSON Alex, 5. JURMAN Matt, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBÔ (18. SIMON Matt 66’), 10. NINKOVIC Milos (8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos 80’), 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 17. CARNEY David, 20. VUKOVIC Danny (gk), 21. HOLOSKO Filip (14. BROSQUE Alex 56’), 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 40. OLDFIELD Christopher (gk), 22. RYALL Sebastian

Adelaide United: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene (gk) (c), 3. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 4. McGOWAN Dylan, 8. ISAÍAS, 9. GUARDIOLA Sergi, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo (16. MAKAROUNAS Jesse 84’), 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola (7. HENRIQUE 64’), 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 22. KITTO Ryan (18. McGREE Riley 78’), 25. HOLLAND James
Substitutes: 5. REGAN Taylor, 20. HALL John (gk)

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