Garuccio wonder goal leads Western United past Western Sydney

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Western United’s Benjamin Garuccio’s scorpion kick will likely be replayed on screens across Australia in coming days, as it becomes one the best goals in A-league Men’s history.

The left-back’s goal was icing on the cake for United’s 3-2 win over former head coach Mark Rudan and his Western Sydney outfit at AAMI Park.

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An uninspired first half saw Western United dominate with 62 per cent of possession, as Aleksandar Prijovic was heavily involved throughout.

The first big chance of the game fell to United’s Serbian’s striker. Diamanti’s 17th minute cross from the left found the big man unmarked on the penalty spot, but he blasted his header over the bar.

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Eleven minutes later it was Prijovic again. Tomoki Imai’s through-ball caught Jack Rodwell and Adam Traore sleeping, as the striker latched on and lobbed an oncoming Daniel Margush to score his fourth goal of the season.

After a brief VAR check for offside, the goal was awarded.

Prijovic was guilty of missing another guilt-edged chance in the 44th minute, as he headed it directly into the arms of a grateful Margush from a Lachlan Wales cross.

Three minutes later United doubled their lead, as Garuccio played a one-two with Prijovic before dispatching a powerful strike past Margush at his near post to make it 2-0.

For the Wanderers, the only notable moment was a yellow card for Adam Traore in the 33rd minute.

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The Wanderers’ coach made a triple-change at the half, which seemed to inspire the away side.

After some sustained pressure, Tomer Hemed won a penalty in the 49th minute after his cut back hit Imai’s outstretched arm. He calmly dispatched it past Jamie Young to make it 2-1.

Hemed then had the chance to put his team level in the 55th, but his volley was tipped over the bar by the ever-impressive Young.

All this built up to the moment of the game in the 68th minute. In what will be replayed all around the world, Prijovic’s chipped ball was scorpion-kicked into the back of the net by Garuccio.

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The left-back looked just as surprised as everyone else after scoring arguably the goal of the A-League Men’s season to make it 3-1.

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Steven Ugarkovic pulled one back for the visitors with a great strike from the edge of the area in the 86th minute, but the Sydney outfit were unable to find an equaliser to make it 3-2.

The win sends Western back to the top of the table, whilst Western Sydney remain outside the top six ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Newcastle Jets.

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Western United: 3 (Prijovic 28’, Garuccio 47, 68’)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 2 (Hemed 51’, Ugarkovic 86’)

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Ben Abraham

Assistant referees: George Lakrindis, Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth official: Stephen Lucas

Western United: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Benjamin GARUCCIO, Leo LACROIX, Tomoki IMAI, Joshua RISDON, Neil KILKENNY, Steven LUSTICA (Rene KRHIN 76’), Lachlan WALES, Alessandro DIAMANTI (C) (Adisu BAYEW 65’), Dylan PIERIAS (Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 76’), Aleksandar PRIJOVIC

Unused subs: Ryan SCOTT (GK), Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Christian THEOHAROUS, Nicolas MILANOVIC 

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Adama TRAORE, Jack RODWELL (C) (Zygmunt GORDON 46’), Phillip CANCAR, Tate RUSSELL, Keanu BACCUS, James TROISI, Terry ANTONIS (Steven UGARKOVIC 46’), Dimitrios PETRATOS (Ramy NAJJARINE 46’), Keijiro OGAWA (Jordan SWIBEL 73’), Tomer HEMED (Bernie IBINI-ISEI 70’)

Unused subs: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), Daniel WILMERING

Feature image credit: Western United

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Marketing graduate at Monash University. Sports addicted, fan of Manchester United and Melbourne City. My gran “knows” Gareth Bale.

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