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Wanderers well prepared for hostile Chinese fans

DOMINIC BOSSI 11:06pm Western Sydney Wanderers were prepared to face the brunt of Guangzhou's fury on Wednesday night so much so they had already hired a second bus to remain on standby in the event their first was attacked en-route to the stadium. 

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Western Sydney Wanderers lose Tomi Juric for ACL semi after taunting crowd

Carded ... Tomi Juric after scoring his penalty against Guangzhou Evergrande.

DOMINIC BOSSI 1:27pm Western Sydney Wanderers will be without striker Tomi Juric for their Asian Champions League semi-final against FCC Seoul due to suspension.

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Mark Bresciano summoned by Socceroos

Socceroos veteran Mark Bresciano will replace injured Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis.

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Mark Milligan signs on as Melbourne Victory marquee player

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Cosmin Moti celebrates after one of his penalty saves.

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Romain Vincelot of Leyton Orient celebrates after scoring his team's only goal.

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French striker Olivier Giroud

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Arsenal qualify for Champions League after narrow win

Alexis Sanchez (L) celebrates with team mate Jack Wilshere

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Neil Warnock returns for second spell at Crystal Palace

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Wanderers through to ACL semi-finals

Angela Habashy Western Sydney Wanderers have made it though to the Asian Champions League semi-finals, knocking out title holder Guangzhou Evergrande.

Western Sydney Wanderers battle through to ACL semi-finals after away goals win over Guangzhou Evergrande

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DOMINIC BOSSI Football isn't a game to extract justice. Just ask Guangzhou Evergrande. The wealthiest club in Asia will cry poor and feel robbed but ultimately they were let down by themselves over the course of a tie where everything conspired against them.

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Manchester United move 'never my wish': Angel di Maria

Angel di Maria

Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record move to Manchester United.

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Football Federation Australia bans live streaming of FFA Cup matches

Online sensations: Live streaming of Sydney FC's clash with Melbourne City attracted significant interest on the internet.

DOMINIC BOSSI Football Federation Australia will prohibit clubs from streaming FFA Cup games online regardless of whether their respective matches will be broadcast live or on delay on the pay TV network.

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Carl Valeri's homecoming against Tuggeranong United will be special, says former Socceroo Craig Moore

Carl Valeri will take on his junior club, Tuggeranong United, in the FFA Cup.

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Jason Davidson wins it for West Bromwich in League Cup

Jason Davidson

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers must treat Mario Balotelli as an adult

Liverpool's new signings Mario Balotelli (R) and Adam Lallana (L) watch on during the loss to Manchester City earlier this week.

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Record signing Angel di Maria ready to return Manchester United's swagger

Bringing fresh hope: Angel di Maria.

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Manchester United sign Angel Di Maria in record British deal

Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring against Switzerland during the World Cup.

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Celtic out of Champions League after loss to NK Maribor

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Manchester United continue horror start to Louis van Gaal era with MK Dons drubbing

Stuck in the middle: Assistant manager Ryan Giggs and manager Louis van Gaal feel the strain in the dugout.

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England's Frank Lampard quits international football

Frank Lampard

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Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic celebrates after scoring a second goal against Liverpool.

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Western Sydney Wanderers ready for hostile atmosphere

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Wanderers ready for hostile atmosphere

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Argentinian Angel Di Maria (right) celebrates a World Cup goal.

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Expecting a frosty reception: The Wanderers celebrate their first leg win.

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Del Piero could be off to Hungary or India

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Central Coast Mariners FC 27 12 6 9 -3 42
Melbourne Victory FC 27 11 8 8 -1 41
Sydney FC 27 12 3 12 2 39
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Newcastle Jets FC 27 10 6 11 0 36
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