Western Sydney curse Sydney FC again

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In what was a thoroughly entertaining games with chances at either end, it was the Western Sydney Wanderers who stole the show late.

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Nicolai Muller hit the crossbar from long distance in the first major chance of the match.

Milos Ninkovic tested Daniel Lopar outside the 18-yard box with the Swiss goalkeeper getting down low to deny the Serbian.

Luke Brattan almost broke the house down with a free-kick which skimmed past the post.

Daniel Georgievski found himself in space down the wing and nearly caught Andrew Redmayne off-guard but the ‘keeper caught the ball just in time.

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Late in the first half, Adam Le Fondre broke down the wing and crossed to Kosta Barbarouses for the Kiwi to shoot just wide.

Early in the second half, Georgievski cut inside onto his right-foot and curled his shot just wide.

Le Fondre then burst onto a through ball from Joel King where he set up Ninkovic, who headed wide.

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Tate Russell got away from his marker and delivered a cross to Simon Cox, who blasted his shot into Ryan McGowan from close range and then Jordan O’Doherty forced a save from Redmayne on the follow-up.

Muller then capitalised off a rare Rhyan Grant mistake and again it was Redmayne to the rescue.

The deadlock was finally broken late on when Russell delivered a wonderful cross to captain Mitchell Duke who headed home.

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There was drama late on as Georgievski lashed out at Marco Tilio with his boot, resulting in a red card.

The result does not affect Sydney too much table-wise, still 13 points clear of Perth Glory.

For the Wanderers the win pushes them back into finals contention with an away trip to Brisbane Roar next week.

Sydney FC: 0

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Duke 81′)

Jubilee Stadium

Attendance: 18 501

Referee: Alireza FAGHANI

Assistant Referee: Ryan GALLAGHER, Kearney ROBINSON

Fourth Official: Stephan LUCAS

VAR: Kristian GRIFFITHS-JONES

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, Ryan MCGOWAN, Alexander WILKINSON (c), Joel KING, Luke BRATTAN, Anthony CACERES (Marco TILIO 83′), Alexander BAUMJOHANN (Jordan SWIBEL 88′), Milos NINKOVIC, Kosta BARBAROUSES (Trent BUGAGIAR 79′), Adam LE FONDRE.

Unused subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Patrick FLOTTMANN, Benjamin WARLAND, Harry VAN DER SAAG.

Coach: Steve Corica

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel LOPAR (GK), Dylan MCGOWAN, Patrick ZIEGLER, Matthew JURMAN, Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, Bruce KAMAU (Tate RUSSELL 55′), Nicholas SULLIVAN (Jordan O’DOHERTY 67′), Pirmin SCHWEGLER, Nicolai MULLER (Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS 90+3′), Mitchell DUKE (c), Simon COX.

Unused subs: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Kostandinos GROZOS, Mohamed ADAM, Ali AUGLAH.

Coach: Jean-Paul de Marigny

Feature image credit: Steve Christo

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Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.