City’s win pushes them to the top

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A Friday night of football established the ongoing struggle of the Western Sydney Wanderers, with yet another defeat and no points taken.

Western Sydney’s third consecutive home game welcomed a formidable Melbourne City at CommBank Stadium on Friday night.

Just three minutes Keanu Baccus had a great big chance when he crossed the ball to Ramy Najjarine and then Dimitri Petratos, whose strike was pushed out by the City’s keeper.

Thomas Glover broke out in a sweat in the eighth minute when Najjarine shot across the face of the goal.

Shortly after, Baccus tried to work a back heal off a corner before it was sent above the crossbar.

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In the 20th minute Jamie Maclaren lead City in running the ball up to find Carl Jenkinson, but Thomas Mejias stopped it in its tracks.

Mathew Leckie’s header in the 37th minute scored the opening goal, which put Melbourne in front, as well as a spark a hunger for more after teammate Florin Berenguer shot on target was deemed offside three minutes later.

Leckie scored his second goal of the match just three minutes before halftime via another header to make it 2-0 at half time.

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The Wanderers showed impressive press and intensity in the first 35 minutes with countless opportunities and 75 percent ball possession. That quickly shifted after the opposition opened the scoring.

The first 15 minutes of the second half consisted of Melbourne dominating the ball, with the Wanderers only making it out of their half of the field once.

A 60-minute free-kick in a dangerous position for City, right in front of the goal, was unsuccessful. A run by Thomas Aquilina before a powerful strike by Ogawa was cleared off the line by Jenkinson.

Four minutes later City’s Berenguer drove the nail into the coffin with a strike fired straight into the top right-hand corner of the net.

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A controversial handball gave a desperate Western Sydney a penalty, allowing Petratos to breathe some life into the Wanderers’ scoreboard with a goal in the 79th minute.

The remainder of the game was a sequence of Western Sydney scrambling for more goals, though unsuccessfully.

City’s 3-1 win takes them to the top of the ladder.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Petratos 80′)

Melbourne City: 3 (Leckie 36′, 43′, Berenguer 64′)

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Alex King

Western Sydney Wanderers: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), James TROISI (c) (Jordi SWIBEL 73’), Thomas AQUILINA, Adama TRAORE, Steven UGARKOVIC (Terry ANTONIS 71’), Keijiro OGAWA (Alessandro LOPANE 72’), Ramy NAJJARINE (Bernie IBINI-ISEI 71’), Zygmunt GORDON, Keanu BACCUS, Dimitri PETRATOS, Mark NATTA

Unused Subs: Daniel MARGUSH, Tate RUSSELL, Daniel WILMERING, Phillip CANCAR

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER, Carl JENKINSON (Scott GALLOWAY 74’), Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Curtis GOOD, Scott JAMIESON, Connor METLCALFE (Taras GOMULKA 88’), Aiden O’NEILL, Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER (Manuel PUCCIARELI 90’), Matthew LECKIE (Marco TILIO 74’), Jamie MACLAREN, Andrew NABBOUT (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 88’)

Unused Subs: Matthew SUTTON, Kerrin STOKES

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Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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