Wanderers escape with a win in Adelaide after VAR controversy

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Western Sydney Wanderers have ended their four-game, away winless streak with a 3-2 win against Adelaide United in a match that was ridden with VAR controversy.

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Adelaide went on the attack early as Nikola Mileusnic squared the ball to Al Hassan Toure but the Guinean born striker could not get a clean contact from six yards and missed the ball with no pressure from an opponent.

George Blackwood returned from injury and was involved straight away – he overran the ball on his way towards the Wanderers goal after beating the last defender.

Despite the Reds impressive start, Western Sydney took the lead against the run of play. It was Nicolai Muller who headered a deflected Mohamed Adam cross past the helpless Paul Izzo.

Izzo then saved his side from immediately conceding a second after a goalmouth scramble from a corner allowed Patrick Ziegler to strike at goal from the edge of the box.

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It was not long before Adelaide were rewarded for their attacking start through Toure, who tapped in the equaliser from three yards after Mileusnic again squared the ball to him.

Adelaide believed they had scored as the ball was cleared off the goal line but it was the subsequent Wanderers counter attack that caused tempers to boil over.

Halloran fouled Mitchell Duke, who then kicked out at the Reds winger, but referee Chris Beath did not see enough in it to award a red card as the VAR stopped play to check the goal-line clearance.

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Just a minute from the break, Toure again had a golden opportunity to score inside the six-yard box after Mileusnic squared it but his toe-poke was well wide as Western Sydney goalkeeper Daniel Lopar closed down on the 19-year-old striker.

The Reds started the second half just as they did the first. This time it was Toure who turned provider and drove in a square ball to the unmarked Halloran but the cross was slightly behind him.

Completely against the run of play, Muller gave the Wanderers the lead and again found the back of the net with his head from an extremely difficult angle.

Adelaide tried to regain the ascendancy but it was not to be as Western Sydney doubled their advantage through Adam – who could not miss, after a ball over the top from Pirim Schwegler and a fortuitous deflection off Izzo.

United were awarded a penalty in stoppage time for a Ziegler elbow on Toure after a fight broke out and VAR intervened. Blackwood scored the subsequent penalty and the Reds had seven minutes to salvage the match.

VAR again intervened straight after and another penalty was awarded for Adelaide as Daniel Georgievski handballed Michael Jakobsen’s cross but this time, Blackwood skied the ball well over the crossbar.

The Reds ultimately paid the price for a series of missed opportunities as Western Sydney ended their horrid away form in the City of Churches.

Adelaide United: 2 (Toure 19’, Blackwood 90+4′) 
Western Sydney Wanderers: 
3 (Muller 11’ 59′, Adam 77′)

Coopers Stadium
Attendance:
8846

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream & Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN, M7ichael JAKOBSON (C), Jordan ELSEY, Louis D’ARRIGO, James TROISI, Michaël MARIA, Nikola MILEUSNIC, Ben HALLORAN (Ryan KITTO 81′), Al Hassan TOURE, George BLACKWOOD

Unused subs: Isaac RICHARDS (GK), Vince LIA, Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Michael Marrone, Lachlan BROOK

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel LOPAR (GK), Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Matthew JURMAN, Mitchell DUKE (C), Nicolai MULLER, Alex MEIER (Nicholas SULIVAN 58′), Keanu BACCUS, Pirmin SCHWEGLER, Tate RUSSELL (Tarek ELRICH 53’), Patrick ZIEGLER, Mohamed ADAM (Tass Mourdoukoutas 78′)

Unused subs: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Dylan MCGOWAN, Konstandinos GRONZOS

Feature image credit: Steve Christo 

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