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Hyundai A, Sunday, 6 April 2014 - Round 26 - Allianz Stadium

Sydney FC
Wellington Phoenix FC
Sydney FC versus Wellington Phoenix FC
Players Del Piero (33min, 45min), Ryall (57min), Abbas (60min) Goals Hernandez (56min)


Match Tracker

Sydney FC vs. Wellington Phoenix FC

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  32. 32 minute Wellington Phoenix FC: Yellow Card Jeremy Brockie
  33. 33 minute Sydney FC: Penalty Goal Alessandro Del Piero
  34. 34 minute Sydney FC: Yellow Card Milos Dimitrijevic
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  36. 36 minute Sydney FC: Yellow Card Matthew Jurman Wellington Phoenix FC: Yellow Card Ben Sigmund
  37. 37 minute Sydney FC: Yellow Card Vedran Janjetovic
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  45. HT Half time Sydney FC: Goal Alessandro Del Piero Sydney FC: Yellow Card Nikola Petkovic Sydney FC: Goal Sebastian Ryall Sydney FC: Goal Ali Abbas Sydney FC: Yellow Card Alessandro Del Piero Sydney FC: Substitution Off Milos Dimitrijevic Sydney FC: Substitution On Matt Thompson Sydney FC: Substitution Off Joel Chianese Sydney FC: Substitution On Alec Urosevski Sydney FC: Substitution Off Sasa Ognenovski Sydney FC: Substitution On Aaron Calver Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution Off Matthew Ridenton Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution On Jason Hicks Wellington Phoenix FC: Penalty Goal Carlos Hernandez Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution Off Kenny Cunningham Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution On Tyler Boyd Wellington Phoenix FC: Yellow Card Michael Boxall Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution Off Ben Sigmund Wellington Phoenix FC: Substitution On Luke Adams

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Sydney FC vs. Wellington Phoenix FC

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Sydney FC vs. Wellington Phoenix FC


Match Statistics
Sydney FCWellington Phoenix FC

20 Vedran Janjetovic

Yellow Card

1 Glen Moss

5 Matthew Jurman

Yellow Card

22 Andrew Durante

2 Sebastian Ryall


18 Ben Sigmund

Yellow Card
Substitution Off

13 Sasa Ognenovski

Substitution Off

25 Shaun Timmins

6 Nikola Petkovic

Yellow Card

5 Michael Boxall

Yellow Card

17 Terry Antonis

21 Carlos Hernandez

Penalty Goal

21 Milos Dimitrijevic

Yellow Card
Substitution Off

9 Kenny Cunningham

Substitution Off

22 Ali Abbas


17 Vince Lia

10 Alessandro Del Piero

Penalty Goal
Yellow Card

23 Matthew Ridenton

Substitution Off

16 Joel Chianese

Substitution Off

11 Jeremy Brockie

Yellow Card

11 Richard Garcia

10 Stein Huysegems

Match Statistics
Sydney FC Substitutions Wellington Phoenix FC Substitutions

28 Matt Thompson

Substitution On

12 Tyler Boyd

Substitution On

24 Hagi Gligor

4 Luke Adams

Substitution On

1 Ivan Necevski

24 Hamish Watson

34 Aaron Calver

Substitution On

15 Jason Hicks

Substitution On

29 Alec Urosevski

Substitution On

30 Jacob Spoonley

Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix FC

  • Possession

    Sydney FC 43.7%
    44% 56%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 56.3%
  • Shots on goal

    Sydney FC 9
    82% 18%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 2
  • Corners

    Sydney FC 3
    60% 40%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 2
  • Crosses

    Sydney FC 10
    38% 62%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 16
  • Tackles

    Sydney FC 17
    55% 45%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 14
  • Effective tackles

    Sydney FC 58%
    45% 55%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 71%
  • Passes complete

    Sydney FC 232
    43% 57%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 312
  • Passing accuracy

    Sydney FC 73%
    49% 51%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 76%
  • Fouls conceded

    Sydney FC 20
    53% 47%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 18
  • Yellow cards

    Sydney FC 5
    63% 37%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 3
  • Red cards

    Sydney FC 0
    50% 50%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 0
  • Goal keeper saves

    Sydney FC 1
    17% 83%
    Wellington Phoenix FC 5
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    Sydney FC statistics
    Vedran Janjetovic GK 90 90 7
    Matthew Jurman CD 90 90 1 2 19 1
    Sebastian Ryall CD 90 90 1 2 2 28
    Sasa Ognenovski CD 86 86 2 16
    Nikola Petkovic CD 90 90 1 18
    Terry Antonis CMF 90 90 7 46
    Milos Dimitrijevic CMF 71 71 1 1 12
    Ali Abbas CMF 90 90 1 1 2 25
    Alessandro Del Piero STR 90 90 3 3 5 17
    Joel Chianese STR 77 77 2 1 9 2
    Richard Garcia STR 90 90 15 1
    Matt Thompson UNK 19 19 1 11
    Hagi Gligor UNK
    Ivan Necevski UNK
    Aaron Calver UNK 4 4 2
    Alec Urosevski UNK 13 13 7
    Wellington Phoenix FC statistics
    Glen Moss GK 90 90 8
    Andrew Durante CD 90 90 1 30
    Ben Sigmund CD 81 81 1 22
    Shaun Timmins CD 90 90 1 1 32
    Michael Boxall CD 90 90 1 6 43
    Carlos Hernandez CMF 90 90 1 1 6 44
    Kenny Cunningham CMF 61 61 1 1 7 2
    Vince Lia CMF 90 90 1 62
    Matthew Ridenton STR 52 52 1 12 1
    Jeremy Brockie STR 90 90 3 11
    Stein Huysegems STR 90 90 1 1 1 21 3
    Tyler Boyd UNK 29 29 2 1 5
    Luke Adams UNK 9 9 1 3
    Hamish Watson UNK
    Jason Hicks UNK 38 38 1 12
    Jacob Spoonley UNK

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    • Sydney FC may just be hitting form as the season's leaders start to stall.

      Xhasin | April 06, 2014, 7:09PM

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    Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix


    Shane Brady

    Live coverage of Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix in Round 26 of the A-League

    Vital clash: Sydney must overcome the Wellington Phoenix this weekend to keep on track for a semi-final berth.

    Vital clash: Sydney must overcome the Wellington Phoenix to keep on track for a finals berth. Photo: Getty Images

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    Maestro: Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney FC celebrates scoring his second goal against Wellington Phoenix.

    Maestro: Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney FC celebrates scoring his second goal against Wellington Phoenix. Photo: Matt King

    What looked like being a miserable route one slugfest turned into a great game of football that had drama, controversy, comedy, biffo, skill, goals and entertainment. That's football for you, you never know what those 90 minutes will dish up. 

    As for the Nix, their faint finals hopes went out the window with that result but they'll look back on a season that could have been far worse than it was and provided plenty of highlights, upsets and entertainment after a worrying start. Ultimately, a horror injury toll played a big part.  

    Well done to Sydney FC, who will head into the last round with a full head of steam and brimming with confidence against a Perth Glory side playing for pride and to give Jacob Burns a fitting send-off. Will they drop their bundle now the pressure to make the six is off and revert to their inconsistent selves again?

    Let's hope not because on this form they could do some damage in the finals.

    Thanks for joining our live coverage. Be sure to log on to for all the overnight results from Europe and the wash-up from this weekend's A-League round.  



    94 min: Brockie still battling to the end and concedes a foul out of frustration. Tough day at the office for the Kiwi.

    The whistle goes and that's it. Great win for Sydney in a game that had it all.  

    Full-time: Sydney FC 4-1

    It's Hernandez's turn, and he just can't get it up and down in that distance but that was close. A great player putting in to the then end in a losing cause in miserable conditions. A fine example to all pros and aspiring ones out there. Sydney FC 4-1 

    92 min: Boyd gets shot away but is fouled in the process by Calver. So the Nix get a free just outside the box. Sydney FC 4-1

    90 min: Tired legs and turnovers now as the game winds down. Sydney keeping their shape well at the back, and their back four is looking a very solid unit after all the musical chairs earlier this season. 

    4 minutes to be added on as Del Piero toys with the Nix again. Sydney FC 4-1 

    88 min: Hernandez is clipped on the edge of the box and takes another quick free kick, releasing Boyd who puts another dangerous low cross that fizzes across the box, eluding everyone. Again. They can't take a trick. Sydney FC 4-1

    85 min: Sydney stroking it around nicely now the ground has dried out somewhat. Abbas is still full of running and hungry for more.

    Calver on for Sydney replacing Ognenovski, who had his work cut in the first half, and has earned an early and hot shower. Sydney FC 4-1 

    83 min: Boyd shows some lovely skills in the corner to beat his man and squeeze in a low cross but yet again it is cut out by the Sydney defence with the Nix attack on their heels.

    Sydney go down the other end and Abbas tries to release Del Piero in the box but he is muscled off the ball and comes away clutching his face but no appeal to the ref.  Sydney FC 4-1

    80 min: Jurman bursts through on goal but Moss gets a glove to the defender's shot and makes a good save.

    Sigmund off replaced by the debutant Adams for the Nix. Sigmund lucky not get his matching orders earlier, and surprised he was kept on so long. Sydney FC 4-1

    78 min: Urosevski on for Chianese for Sydney and straight into the action, almost latching on to a low cross from Del Piero but the Nix defender just gets a toe in ahead of him to clear. Sydney FC 4-1

    76 min: Hernandez wins a free on the edge of the area, takes it quickly and Boxall whips the ball in low to Boyd, who clips the bar as he blazes over from point blank range. Story of the their night. Sydney 4-1

    75 min: Sydney still defending with grit and commitment, blocking out any Nix attack.

    Garcia brought down on the edge of the Nix box and Boxall joins the yellow card brigade.

    Del Piero steps up ... and put this one over the bar. So he ain't perfect. 

    Sydney 4-1

    70 min: A slight blemish on the Italian's man of the match performance but the ref had no hesitation. Wonder how he'll feel when he watches the first one later. 

    Hernandez has been the best Wellington. Close control, beating multiple players, spraying inch-perfect passes hither thither, he has it all. 

    Thompson on for Dimitrijevic for Sydney meanwhile.

    Sydney 4-1

    68 min: Del Piero gets booked for a dive after going down in bundle trying to squeeze through two defenders on he edge of the box. It looks a fair call. Sydney 4-1

    67 min: Del Piero teases a through ball for Chianese but he's not on the right wavelength, and if anything has been the weak link up front for Sydney today. They could be 5 or 6 up if he'd buried his chances. Sydney 4-1

    62 min: The first one from Abbas was just a sighter apparently but that was a goal as soon as it left his boot. In cyberspace no one can hear you scream but there have been couple here in the last few minutes.B reathtaking stuff from Sydney. They're running into some hot form art just the right time, led by the incomparable Del Piero, who is at the centre of everything for Sydney. Does he want to pay on? Sydney 4-1

    58 min: What a response from Sydney. Barely a minute after conceding the penalty they hit back in style. then Huysegems had a chance at the other end but was flagged offside and Jenjetovic had ti covered anyway.

    Then Abbas is set up by Del Piero but skews his shot wide. It was deflected actually so they win a corner.

    GOAL! Abbas piledriver. Screamer!  Sydney 4-1

    57 min: GOAL! Sydney. Seb Ryall teed up by Del Piero of course. Sydney 3-1

    Brockie gets a nudge in the box and goes down easily but a bit of karma there perhaps. Petkovic gets a yellow card for the foul.

    Carlos Hernandez converts with aplomb from the spot. Sydney 2-1

    55 min: PENALTY! Nix 

    52 min: This time it's Del Piero and Sigmund fells him just outside the box, and better be careful. 

    Del Piero steps up for the free kick and this time he hits the bar. That was so close to his hat-trick.

    Hicks on for Ridenton for the Nix in the meantime. Sydney 2-0 

    49 min: Abbas trips Hernandez out side the box on the right and he has free kick within range. Lia went down ina heap in the box as Carlos curled one in 

    It breaks for Chianese who is one on one with the keeper at the other end but he hits a tame early shot and Moss gets a hand to it and is able to regather just in time. 

    They come again, and this time Garcia breaks through the high line of the Nix but he tries a half shot, half reverse pass to no one.  The Nix all at sea at the back. Sydney 2-0

    48 min: If Sydney can hang on they'll put pressure on those above in the logjam for second spot with Perth to come at home in the last match.

    Errors creeping in with legs still heavy from halftime after a tough half in that mushy ground. Sydney 2-0

    45 min: The Nix kick off and we're away for the second half. Some talk that Del Piero could be done retrospectively for diving but Brockie did seem to have a grab at him even if the initial bump was outside the box. I don't think it'll happen even if it did appear soft. Sydney 2-0

    Well, after what looked like being a damp squib (nb not squid, though they are usually damp as well) of a game really burst to life with drama, controversy, a melee, a flurry of cards and then a sublime moment from Alessandro Del Piero. 

    The conditions barely seemed bother the Italian master, who again showed how class transcends so many things that trouble mere mortals like us and the other 21 players on that quagmire of a pitch.

    Sydney might be fortunate to be 2-0 up in the eyes of some. The Nix created plenty of openings but were either foiled by the conditions, desperate defending from Sydney or poor finishing. Sydney stuck to their game plan and style, and were rewarded.

    Don't expect the Nix to lie down in the second half. Join us again in 10 minutes or so. 


    47 min: Cunningham has crack down the other end but doesn't catch it and it bobbles harmlessly to Janjetovic.

    And that's half-time.

    Sydney FC 2-0

    GOAL! A carbon copy of his first goal for Sydney. A sweet curler over the wall and inside the near post.

    Sydney FC 2-0

    45 min: The Nix counter from a Sydney free kick but Huysegems' shot is blocked. Sydney go down the other end and Garcia is felled by Sigmund, who is walking a fine line with the ref.

    Del Piero has a free kick in his strike range. 

    41 min: Hernandez sold two men with a deft turn in the middle and set up another Nix attack. He got a return ball and tried to release Cunningham, who was just beaten by the weight of the pass and looked to leave a foot in on Janjetovic, He's copping it at the moment but doesn't fire up this time as he's on a card. 

    All the Nix's best moves are coming through the Costa Rican connection.

    Sydney FC 1-0

    39 min: Back to the football now after all that action. Hernandez wins a free and sprays a beautiful crossfield pass to Boxall as the Nix look to build and reply to that penalty, which they feel aggrieved about. It looked soft contact but have they watched Del Piero before?

    Speaking of which, he makes space down the flank and releases Ryall whose flat cross just evades the diving Garcia. Good chance for Sydney.

    Sydney FC 1-0 

    35 min: STINK! Goalmouth scramble at the other end then it all kicks off with several from both sides involved in scuffles with Sigmund at the centre of it after diving in on Janjetovic, who pounced on the loose ball in the mud.

    Jurman and Sigmund have been booked to add to Brockie, Durante and Dimitrijevic from earlier. And there's another to Janjetovic now for time-wasting after the event. It got very hectic there for a minute.

    Sydney 1-0

    Make that just outside but still given. Del Piero sold three defenders with one touch and drew the contact. They're not happy.

    GOAL! He slams home the penalty 1-0 Sydney! 

    32 min: PENALTY! Sydney FC. Del Piero felled in the box. 

    29 min: Sydney winning all the midfield battles at the moment. But a better spell from the Nix as they knock the ball around the edge of the box, pinning Sydney back. Hernandez twists this way and that with 5 sky blue shirts around him and still gets the pass away but the shot from Cunningham is eventually blocked and it comes to nought. 0-0  

    27 min: Sigmund the sea monster gives away a free in striking range for a high challenge on Garcia that looked a 50-50. Del Piero drills a teasing cross into the box but it skids off heads and out for a goal kick. 0-0 

    25 min: Great double save from Moss to deny Sydney after Del Piero and Garcia combined to release Chianese down the middle but Moss was off his line smartly to block the chance and then was up again to collect the rebound attempt. 0-0  

    23 min: The Nix win a corner as Oggie blocks a low cross after the visitors find more space again down the right flank. 

    Lia tries a shot from the corner clearance but it is blocked again and Sydney can break out of their half. 0-0

    22 min: Huysegems finds Hernandez on the edge of the box and he blazes away but his shot is blocked. Both teams seem to be coming to grips with the conditions now, and the football has improved considerably as a result but we could see more Keystone cops moments. 0-0

    20 min: Del Piero cops some mud in the eye contesting a 50-50 but is OK. He knows how jockeys feel on days like this.

    Boxall sends a flat, hopeful cross into the Sydney box and Cunningham gets a flick on but it flies wide, luckily for Sydney. That could have gone anywhere. 0-0  

    17 min: Del Piero jinks inside in the box and hits a shot that is deflected for a corner. Jurman rises high to meet it but it sails just wide. That was close!

    Sydney getting on top at the moment, especially whenever ADP gets a foot on the ball. 0-0 

    15 min: They win a free kick at the other end but Petkovic's curler sails wide to no one at the far post.

    Cunningham cleans up Seb Ryall trying break out Sydney's half but just gets a ticking off from the ref.

    Oggie takes a great free kick into the channel but the low cross fizzes past everyone on the slick surface. 0-0

    13 min: The rain looks to have stopped but that water doesn't look to be going anywhere in a hurry thanks.

    Brockie latches on to a long ball and tries to find Huysegems but both are blocked then the ball gets stuck in the mud in the goalmouth as Sydney FC defenders fall like nine pins around it but they're able to clear.

    That was hilarious! 0-0 

    10 min: Janjetovic comes to collect what looks an easy ball but fumbles and is able to regather. Warning signs for the keepers as well. The Sydney stopper has already changed his gloves once. 0-0

    9 min: Sydney are taking a Brazilian approach with little dinks, flicks and volleys to keep the ball out of the muck while the Nix go long trying to pick out Brockie or Huysegems.

    Del Piero goes on a mazy run and lets fly, and Moss can only parry it for a corner. But he can't get under the ball and it is cleared. Abbas tries a shot but it is blocked and the Nix can break.

    Brockie wins a corner at the other end. 0-0 

    7 min: The ball is sticking in puddles, making passing very difficult. Play is largely confined to the right flank at the moment.

    Dimitrejevic cleans up Hernandez in the soggy centre and is lucky to dodge a yellow card but the conditions are going to make timing tackles difficult as well. 0-0

    3 min: Brockie lets fly from the left for the Nix but it sails into Row Z as the game settles into what could be a familiar pattern: Hoof and hope. But the flanks could prove fruitful as the water appears to have drained quite well there. 0-0

    2 min: Huysegems flagged offside running on to a zinging ball over the top. Don't expect too many beautiful triangles today.

    Del Piero gets his head on across in the box but it flies harmlessly over.


    1 min: Here we go. Sydney kick off in the slop and it flies out. 0-0

    Sydney are at full strength with Del Piero pulling the strings along with his foil Ali Abbas. The impressive Serb Milos Dimitrjevic gets a start in midfield with Matt Thompson moving to the bench.

    Expect the stalwart Terry McFlynn to play a cameo in what could be one his last appearances for the Sky Blues. 

    As for Sydney, they have been consistently inconsistent but and the weather has robbed them of any home ground advantage you feel with the hardy few huddled under cover. They'll struggle to make themselves heard in this deluge. Here come the sides now.


    The Phoenix are the Jeckyll and Hyde side of the A-League. After going winless for almost the first half of the season, they went an amazing eight match run in which they stunned the likes of the mighty Wanderers and Mariners at home and claimed other high-profile scalps such as Sydney FC, Adelaide and Melbourne Victory in that memorable 5-0 romp.

    Steyn Heysegens was in thick of it all, scoring goals for fun but they've dried up since and the Nix have been on the other end of some hidings themselves, and are in danger of taking out the wooden spoon.

    Who knows which Phoenix side will turn up today but the might need their Wellington boots with some talk the start may be delayed or the match even abandoned if it gets much worse. Watch this space.


    Hello and welcome to a damp Sydney Sunday afternoon. Shane Brady with you for this crunch match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

    The brooms are out at Allianx Stadium after some heavy downpours have left surface water around the field and it is still chucking it down. 

    The conditions might suit the Wellington boys more than Sydney who desperately need to win to hold their place in the top six. 

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