Melbourne City keep their cool to end Adelaide’s winning streak

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After winning six on the trot, it would’ve take a brave man to count out Adelaide United at home, but Melbourne City managed to see out a 0-0 draw in their first leg semi-final on Wednesday and now put the pressure back on the Reds.  

The defending A-League Men champions came to a town that they had struggled for success in, having gone winless at Coopers Stadium since 2018. 

And the first half looked to be another Coopers curse for City. 

Adelaide United were firing on all cylinders, and they had looked to have finally shaken off their sleepy starts that have been their Achilles Heel all campaign. 

Within the first six minutes, Lachlan Brook had a major chance, the Reds had four corners on the board and Hiroshi Ibusuki pelted one at Tom Glover from distance. 

But still, they had no reward for their effort. 

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City sat back and weathered the storm, playing counter-attacking football and patiently waiting for their chance. 

Their only major chance of the first-half came through Connor Metcalfe, who forced an outstretched Joe Gauci to concede a corner. 

Nonetheless – bar a few minor chances – City could not trouble the Reds and both sides went into the break scoreless. 

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The second-half took no time to kick into second gear, as City flooded their attacking half early to give Metcalfe another chance – but again he could not convert, as this time he missed the post by an inch. 

City’s explosive start was quickly snuffed out as neither side posed a goalscoring threat, and the visitors looked more than content with a 0-0 score line. 

It took until the 66th minute for the home fans to go into ruptures as Carl Jenkinson looked to have blatantly handballed the ball in the box, but there was no call – nor a VAR check – from the referee. 

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From there, both sides had their key moments, but neither team was able to take the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Andrew Nabbout hit the post for City, whilst Kusini Yengi was tripped up just outside the box and Javi Lopez was instrumental in attack and defence for United.  

But yet again, neither team could break the deadlock as the game ended 0-0. 

A tough pill to swallow for the Reds who were desperate to score. But nonetheless, the defending champions go back home with a clean slate to work with.  

Adelaide United 0 

Melbourne City 0 

Stadium: Coopers Stadium 

Referee: Chris Beath 

Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin, Ashley Beecham 

Fourth Official: Alex King 

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Ryan KITTO (Nestory IRANKUNDA 88’), ISAÍAS, Craig GOODWIN (C), George BLACKWOOD (Zach CLOUGH 63’), Hiroshi IBUSUKI (Kusini YENGI 74’), Javi LOPEZ, Michael JAKOBSEN, JUANDE, Alexandar POPOVIC, Lachlan BROOK (Bernardo OLIVEIRA 74’) 

Unused Subs: Louis D’ARRIGO, Jacob TRATT, Steven HALL (gk) 

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott JAMIESON, Nuno Pereira REIS, Carl JENKINSON, Mathew LECKIE, Jamie MACLAREN, Andrew NABBOUT (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 83’), Taras GOMULKA, Connor METCALFE, Curtis GOOD, Marco TILIO (Jordan BOS 66’) 

Unused Subs: Scott GALLOWAY, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Tsubasa ENDO, Raphael Borges RODRIGUES, Matthew SUTTON (gk) 

Featured image credit: Melbourne City FC

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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