Sport Adelaide hold Sydney FC to A-League draw

14:11  14 january  2018
14:11  14 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Late goal denies Gombau win over Adelaide

  Late goal denies Gombau win over Adelaide A late equaliser for Adelaide United has denied their former coach Josep Gombau a win in the A-League clash at Spotless Stadium.The Wanderers looked set for a third straight win until substitute Apostolos Stamatelopoulos scored from close range following a cut back from Ryan Strain.

Sydney FC is still undefeated after eight A - League rounds but it has put in its poorest performance of the season in a goalless draw with Adelaide .

Adelaide United earned a battling point at home to A - League leaders Sydney FC , while Melbourne City salvaged a draw on the road.

Bobo of Sydney FC clashes with Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United.© AAP Image/James Elsby Bobo of Sydney FC clashes with Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United. Adelaide United have managed the almost unthinkable this A-League season and kept Sydney FC scoreless.

Not since Ben Kennedy kept a clean sheet in Central Coast's 2-0 win over the Sky Blues at the start of November has anyone denied Graham Arnold's men on the scoresheet.

But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A-League leaders to a goalless draw.

The depleted United, who were forced to hand three players their debuts, were resolute against the powerful Sky Blues who dominated much of the contest and peppered Adelaide's goal for large periods of the second half.

Reds must develop young players: coach

  Reds must develop young players: coach The absence of the Reds' key Olyroos trio will be further underlined on Sunday night when Adelaide hosts the Sky Blues in A-League at Coopers Stadium.The absence of the Reds' key Olyroos trio Paul Izzo, Ben Garuccio and George Blackwood will be further underlined on Sunday night when they host the Sky Blues at Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide United have managed the almost unthinkable this A - League season and kept Sydney FC scoreless. But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A - League leaders to a goalless draw .

Having sunk to their lowest ebb, Adelaide United are determined to snap Sydney FC 's unbeaten streak and resuscitate their near-terminal A - League title defence. Yet struggling Adelaide still remember how they held Sydney to a goalless draw at Allianz Stadium last month.

The Reds were without Baba Diawara, Taylor Regan and Ryan Kitto, who were added to the already-lengthy injury list, while Nikola Mileusnic was a late omission after failing to get through the warm up.

Lachlan Brook earned a starting debut and last week's hero Apostolos Stamatelopoulos was given his first start while Sydney were almost at full strength.

United's youth gave the visitors a scare inside the opening minute, with Stamatelopoulos and Brook combining to set up Mark Ochieng, but his near post effort was well saved by Andrew Redmayne.

Sydney can handle A-League, Asian demands

  Sydney can handle A-League, Asian demands Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says his side is up to the challenge of juggling A-League and AFC Champions League demands when schedules collide next month.Few A-League teams have been able to successfully handle the demands of domestic and continental competition in the past.

A - League , Adelaide United, Football , live blog, live scores, Sydney FC . Adelaide come into this match after a hard fought 1-1 draw against the Wanderers midweek thanks to a late equalizer from Stamatelopoulos with the substitute scoring two minutes after he came onto the pitch.

SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Sydney FC saw its lead in Australian football 's A - League reduced to five points Sunday Sydney had Adelaide under intense pressure at times Sunday but the Reds' defense held and Sydney was left with a record of 12 wins, two draws and one loss this season.

On the quarter hour Adrian Mierzejewski capitalised on a defensive error from the Reds and was left one-on-one with keeper Margush, but the young shot-stopper stood firm to deny the Polish star with his legs.

Another of United's young guns went close minutes later when Ryan Strain rattled the bar with a dipping effort from 25 metres.

Mierzejewski again got on the end of some sloppy defending close to the half hour but he pushed his shot wide from the edge of the area.

Minutes after the restart Brook exchanged passes with Jordan O'Doherty but blazed over the bar before Sydney started to overpower the home side.

Jordy Buijs tested the palms of Margush, as did Miezerjewski, who forced a stunning save from the young keeper on the hour.

Alex Brosque was put through clear on goal soon after but his toe poke went just wide.

Reds coach Marco Kurz also handed debuts to Kristin Konstandopoulos and Pacifique Niyongabire for the last half hour.

As Sydney continued their search for a winner, United almost found a late goal of their own when O'Doherty whipped a dangerous low cross into the box, although it was scrambled to safety by the visitors.

Hammers thrash Huddersfield; Chelsea draw again .
West Ham United produced their most impressive performance of the season to thrash Huddersfield Town 4-1 and continue their rise up the table as the Premier League relegation battle became all the more difficult to call. With most of the leading clubs idle, and third-placed Chelsea held to a goalless draw by Leicester City, attention switched to the scrap at the bottom with Crystal Palace also winning against Burnley who provided further evidence that their season may be running out of steam.When David Moyes took over as West Ham manager many observers questioned his ability to get the team scoring again.

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