Western and Adelaide deadlock ends with two send offs

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Adelaide United have drawn 0-0 with Western United in a tense contest that saw both teams reduced to 10-men. 

Defeating Adelaide at Coopers Stadium is always a difficult task, but Western were up for the challenge early. 

Western were close to opening the scoring when Besart Berisha got on the end of Tomi Uskok’s header and belted the ball into the back of the net.

Unfortunately for the Victorian side, the ball deflected off Uskok’s hand before it got to their star striker and the goal was overturned. 

Following the close call, both sides started to attack with intent and the Reds fired a warning shot of their own when Craig Goodwin’s strike rattled into the side netting. 

Moments later, the game was flipped on its head when Victor Sanchez received his second yellow card of the night for a foul on Louis D’Arrigo.

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With the one-man advantage to begin the second half, Adelaide decided to bring on young striker Kusini Yengi to increase their chances of breaking the 0-0 stalemate. 

Western defended bravely during the opening 20 minutes of the second half, halting the majority of Adelaide’s forward pressure.

Despite the Western’s strong defensive structure, the Reds came close to taking the lead when Yengi’s shot from just outside the box was parried away by a diving Ryan Scott. 

In a shocking turn of events, Western launched an unexpected counterattack when Alessandro Diamanti sent a through ball in the direction of Dylan Pierias.

Pierias dribbled past the Reds’ defence and scored but Western were denied by VAR once again after the referee ruled he was offside. 

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Looking back on the incident, Western head coach Mark Rudan said he was completely confused by the call. 

“What constitutes an offside? I have no idea,” Rudan said.

“This game is not built on the referees and the VAR along with all of these decisions that ruin our game.”

Aaron Calver was given a golden opportunity from point-blank range to put his side in front but, Western’s horror luck continued and his header went straight into the ground and out for a goal kick. 

In the final moments of the game, frustrations boiled over and both teams were involved in a heated melee which led to Mohammed Toure receiving his second yellow card of the night.

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Even though both sides had a player sent off, they continued looking for the lead until the final whistle but the game ended 0-0. 

Much like Rudan, Adelaide head coach Carl Veart expressed his concerns about the VAR decisions this season after the match.

“We brought VAR in to make sure we get decisions right but, I don’t think we’re getting those decisions right,” Veart said.

“I suppose that’s something the league will have to look at. Is there a point of having VAR if we aren’t getting those decisions right?”

Adelaide jumps to third following the draw while Western climb into fifth on the A-League ladder. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.
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