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Real Madrid, Liverpool off to flying starts

Barry Whelan 7:26am Real Madrid began their title defence with a 5-1 thrashing of Basel, while city rivals Atletico slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos in the first group matches of the UEFA Champions League.

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Steven Gerrard holds his nerve for Liverpool's Champions League return

Spot the difference: Steven Gerrard slots the winning penalty for Liverpool.

Chris Bascombe 9:24am As late European goals at the Kop end go, Steven Gerrard's last-minute penalty against Bulgaria's Ludogorets 1945 will not sit alongside that of Olympiakos, 2004.

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Swiss peeve: keeper shocked after fans urinate in his water bottle

Alan Baldwin 8:36am A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower-league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unaware, he took a sip during a match at the weekend.

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Borussia Dortmund outclass Arsenal in Champions League

DortmundĀ“s players celebrate withtheir crowd.

8:29am Italian striker Ciro Immobile has scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund as the German side produced a dominant performance to outclass Arsenal 2-0 in their Champions League opening group game in Dortmund.

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Melbourne Victory, Central Coast Mariners amongst FFA Cup winners

Connor Pain of Melbourne Victory takes on Muad Zwed of Tuggeranong United.

10:24pm Fairytales were in short supply in the FFA Cup round of 16 on Tuesday as A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners eased to wins over lower league opposition.

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FFA Cup flares the only minor hiccup in a brilliant night for Tuggeranong United

A flare is set off at the match between Tuggeranong United and Melbourne Victory.

CHRIS DUTTON 11:46pm Melbourne fan who allegedly lit a flare at the FFA Cup clash against Tuggeranong faces a fine and a ban.

Western Sydney Wanderers v FC Seoul: The lowdown

Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Dominic Bossi, Seoul 8:46pm All you need to know ahead of the clash from Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Unity, player development, money top the agenda for A-League

Michael Eagar, senior captain for South Melbourne, Michael Ephraim, managing director, Sony Computers Entertainment Australia, David Gallop, and under-12 player Adam Brigo pose for the cameras during the NPL finals series and partnership launch at AAMI Park on Monday.

LIAM MANNIX 6:07pm Bringing ‘old soccer’ back into the tent – and making some money – are top of the agenda for the A-League’s boss in season 10.

Popovic not expecting dirty play in Korea

Angela Habashy 4:06pm After surviving all sorts of underhanded tactics by Guangzhou fans in China, Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic isn't expecting the same from FC Seoul.

Tuggeranong United show bravery in heavy defeat to Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup

Tuggeranong United goalkeeper Rohan Shepherd is beaten by a free kick in the second half.

CHRIS DUTTON 12:24am The scoreboard said they were belted, but the smiles on Tuggeranong United's faces told a different story.

Vitor Saba in line to start Western Sydney Wanderers' ACL showdown with FC Seoul

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Dominic Bossi, Seoul 8:49pm Brazilian attacking midfielder Vitor Saba is set to start his first game for Western Sydney Wanderers in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semi-final clash with South Korean heavyweights, FC Seoul on Wednesday.

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Rio Ferdinand's trashing of David Moyes is undignified

Out of his depth: former Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Paul Hayward 12:02pm Scot's chip ban is hardly a reason for player unrest, writes Paul Hayward.

Liverpool spent $719 million to get to the Champions League - they cannot afford to fail

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Chris Bascombe 11:05am Anfield board's gratitude will soon fade if Rodgers struggles against Europe's best, writes Chris Bascombe.

Hull's new boys score but West Ham take a point

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A Curtis Davies own goal gifted West Ham United a point after Hull City had twice taken the lead in a 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Monday.

Tuggeranong United back from the brink to take on A-League giants Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup

Tuggeranong United players talk strategy with coach Steve Forshaw in the lobby of the Alpha Hotel ahead of their match against Melbourne Victory.

CHRIS DUTTON Tuggeranong United was on the brink of collapse as their dire financial position almost forced the club to withdraw from the men's competition less than two years ago.

Socceroo Carl Valeri says Melbourne Victory is wary of his junior club Tuggeranong United in FFA Cup

Melbourne Victory's Carl Valeri at Canberra Airport on Monday.

CHRIS DUTTON Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri says the Melbourne Victory's FFA Cup clash against Tuggeranong United is "no laughing matter", and the A-League heavyweights are desperate to beat his former junior club.

Tuggeranong United's Mouad Zwed - a distant relative of Muammar Gaddafi - being cheered on from Tripoli

Tuggeranong United's Mouad Zwed.

Amelia Crawford Tuggeranong player wishes parents could come from Libya to watch the biggest game of his life.

Rio Ferdinand criticises former Manchester United manager David Moyes for banning chips

From spuds to duds: David Moyes' ban on chips played an integral part in the demise of team spirit during his tenure as Manchester United manager, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed what he believes were a series of mistakes David Moyes made during his unsuccessful stint as manager of Manchester United -- including the banning of chips the night before matches.

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Nicolas Anelka signs up for Indian Super League stint with Mumbai City

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Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka has sought to relaunch his career by signing on Monday to play for Mumbai City in the nascent Indian Super League.

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Victory recruit Daniel Georgievski welcomes depth in defence

Daniel Georgievski in action in the Champions League.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says the arrival of Macedonian international Daniel Georgievski means there's some serious competition for places in the team.

A-League building bridges with old NSL through FFA Cup

David Gallop speaks to the media on Monday during the NPL finals series and partnership launch at AAMI Park.

LIAM MANNIX The winning team in the National Premier League finals series will gain automatic qualification to the FFA Cup as part of Football Federation Australia’s continuing strategy to try to build bridges between the A-League and lower-tier comps.

Western Sydney Wanderers fans descend on Seoul for ACL semi-final

Red-and-black army: The Wanderers' fans have quickly made a name for themselves.

DOMINIC BOSSI A dedicated group of Western Sydney Wanderers' fans will make the arduous trip to Seoul to cheer their team in the Asian Champions League semi-final.

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Deception at Arden Street: Brent Harvey's cross play

Brent Harvey has remained one of North's most valued players.

TONY WRIGHT Brent Harvey's bandy legs and diminutive size have deceived a lot of opponents over long years, and here he was, a man with a cross to bear, indulging in a little deception again.

Louis Van Gaal's new model Red Devils go on the rampage

Angel di Maria is the pick of the new Gaal-acticos.

Paul Hayward Expensive imports restored faith of United crowd with a display rich in promise and attacking swagger.

Wanderers looking to earn respect

Angela Habashy Western Sydney keeper Ante Covic says reaching the Asian Champions League final would earn Australian football the respect it deserves.

Erik Paartalu signs with Melbourne City

Erik Paartalu in action for Roar.

Melbourne City has strengthened its midfield for the upcoming season with the signing of Erik Paartalu.

Angel di Maria stars as Manchester United crush QPR

Manchester United's Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring against QPR on Sunday.

Tom Williams Radamel Falcao made his debut as Manchester United belatedly kickstarted their season with a breezy 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League.

Tuggeranong United takes professional approach to match against the Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup

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players, some who are tradies, from left, Ethan Munster, Cameron
Doherty, Chris Ruiz, Tim Stewart and Zac Munster will play the might of Melbourne Victory.

CHRIS DUTTON Tuggeranong's team of tradies, public servants and students are getting ready for the biggest game of their lives.

Ante Covic urges Western Sydney Wanderers to go one better in Asia

SEBASTIAN HASSETT For all the feel-good stories about the Western Sydney Wanderers, goalkeeper Ante Covic acknowledges the club needs something to show for it, starting with the biggest prize in Asian football.

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini slams referee

Manuel Pellegrini accuses referee Mark Clattenburg of costing his side victory following a 2-2 draw away to Arsenal.

It's not normal: Mourinho hails Costa's exploits

Diego Costa.

Clare Lovell Diego Costa left the Stamford Bridge pitch to exultant cheers after a hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday highlighted a breathless start to a Chelsea career for a team that has been designed around him.

Juventus and Roma maintain winning starts

Carlos Tevez helped Juventus seal a win over Udinese.

Goals from Carlos Tevez and Claudio Marchisio gave champions Juventus their second straight win of the Serie A season with a 2-0 victory over Udinese on Saturday.

Franck Ribery scores on return as Bayern go top

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery celebrates after he scored against VfB Stuttgart.

Mark Rodden Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery scored in his first game this season as the champions moved joint top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Shinji Kagawa also enjoyed a goalscoring return as Borussia Dortmund saw off Freiburg.

Atletico beats Real in Madrid derby, Neymar lifts Barcelona

Arda Turan (C) celebrates the winning goal for Atletico Madrid with teammates Tiago (L) and Raul Garcia.

Iain Rogers Real Madrid's early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday, while substitute Neymar struck twice in Barcelona's 2-0 win against visiting Athletic Bilbao.

Diego Costa grabs hat-trick for Chelsea, City draw at Arsenal

Hat-trick: Chelsea striker Diego Costa continued his goal-scoring spree.

Toby Davis Diego Costa continued his stunning start to life at Chelsea with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday while champions Manchester City were staring up the table after snatching a 2-2 draw at Arsenal.

Manchester City holds Arsenal to 2-2 draw

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores his team's second goal against Manchester City on Saturday.

Martin Demichelis scores an 83rd-minute equaliser as champions Manchester City hold Arsenal to a 2-2 draw.

Tuggeranong United players Zac and Ethan Munster will 'pull their fingers out' to honour dad

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CHRIS DUTTON Before he died suddenly three weeks ago, Mick Munster would have told his two sons to pick up their bottom lips, pull their fingers out and prepare for the biggest game of their lives.

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers to protect Raheem Sterling from burnout

Raheem Sterling is now being seen as the player to carry England into the next European Championships

Chris Bascombe Brendan Rodgers says he will protect Raheem Sterling from burnout to ensure his career is not curtailed in the manner of Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.

The complex world of Joey Barton

No shrinking violet: Joey Barton.

HENRY WINTER The QPR midfielder explains how jail, philosophy and his son's birth have altered his outlook on soccer and life.



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Premier League splashes the cash

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Hyundai A - 2013-14 - All Rounds

Round 1
Fri, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
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Sat, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
CCM 1 vs WST 1 Report Stats
VIC 0 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
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WEL 1 vs BRI 2 Report Stats
ADE 3 vs PER 1 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
ADE 2 vs VIC 2 Report Stats
Sat, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
MEC 2 vs CCM 2 Report Stats
BRI 4 vs SYD 0 Report Stats
Sun, 20 OctTimes shown AEDT
NEW 0 vs PER 0 Report Stats
WST 1 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
VIC 1 vs BRI 0 Report Stats
Sat, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
CCM 1 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
SYD 0 vs WST 2 Report Stats
Sun, 27 OctTimes shown AEDT
WEL 0 vs NEW 0 Report Stats
PER 1 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WST 2 vs ADE 1 Report Stats
Sat, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
PER 1 vs SYD 0 Report Stats
NEW 2 vs CCM 2 Report Stats
Sun, 03 NovTimes shown AEDT
BRI 3 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
Mon, 04 NovTimes shown AEDT
VIC 3 vs WEL 2 Report Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 08 NovTimes shown AEDT
MEC 0 vs WST 1 Report Stats
Sat, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
WEL 1 vs PER 1 Report Stats
ADE 1 vs NEW 2 Report Stats
SYD 3 vs VIC 2 Report Stats
Sun, 10 NovTimes shown AEDT
CCM 0 vs BRI 1 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 15 NovTimes shown AEDT
MEC 0 vs SYD 2 Report Stats
Sat, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
PER 1 vs ADE 1 Report Stats
WST 1 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
Sun, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEW 2 vs BRI 1 Report Stats
Thu, 19 DecTimes shown AEDT
CCM 1 vs WEL 0 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 22 NovTimes shown AEDT
BRI 3 vs WST 1 Report Stats
Sat, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
SYD 2 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
VIC 3 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
PER 1 vs CCM 2 Report Stats
Sun, 24 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEW 3 vs MEC 1 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 29 NovTimes shown AEDT
CCM 0 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
Sat, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
BRI 1 vs PER 0 Report Stats
SYD 2 vs NEW 0 Report Stats
Sun, 01 DecTimes shown AEDT
WEL 0 vs WST 0 Report Stats
MEC 3 vs ADE 3 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 06 DecTimes shown AEDT
ADE 1 vs BRI 2 Report Stats
PER 4 vs WEL 2 Report Stats
Sat, 07 DecTimes shown AEDT
WST 1 vs MEC 1 Report Stats
CCM 1 vs SYD 0 Report Stats
Sun, 08 DecTimes shown AEDT
VIC 1 vs NEW 2 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 13 DecTimes shown AEDT
VIC 2 vs PER 0 Report Stats
Sat, 14 DecTimes shown AEDT
WEL 1 vs BRI 2 Report Stats
ADE 4 vs CCM 0 Report Stats
NEW 0 vs WST 1 Report Stats
Sun, 15 DecTimes shown AEDT
SYD 2 vs MEC 1 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 20 DecTimes shown AEDT
BRI 0 vs NEW 2 Report Stats
Sat, 21 DecTimes shown AEDT
MEC 1 vs VIC 3 Report Stats
Sun, 22 DecTimes shown AEDT
WEL 1 vs SYD 0 Report Stats
PER 0 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
Mon, 23 DecTimes shown AEDT
WST 2 vs CCM 0 Report Stats
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Round 12
Thu, 26 DecTimes shown AEDT
SYD 2 vs BRI 5 Report Stats
Fri, 27 DecTimes shown AEDT
MEC 0 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
Sat, 28 DecTimes shown AEDT
VIC 1 vs WST 1 Report Stats
Sun, 29 DecTimes shown AEDT
ADE 1 vs NEW 0 Stats
Tue, 31 DecTimes shown AEDT
CCM 2 vs PER 1 Stats
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Round 13
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WST 1 vs WEL 3 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JanTimes shown AEDT
ADE 2 vs SYD 2 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JanTimes shown AEDT
NEW 0 vs PER 1 Report Stats
VIC 0 vs BRI 3 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JanTimes shown AEDT
CCM 0 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 10 JanTimes shown AEDT
NEW 1 vs VIC 1 Report Stats
PER 3 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JanTimes shown AEDT
BRI 1 vs ADE 2 Report Stats
WST 1 vs SYD 0 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JanTimes shown AEDT
WEL 1 vs CCM 1 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 17 JanTimes shown AEDT
MEC 3 vs NEW 1 Report Stats
PER 0 vs BRI 0 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JanTimes shown AEDT
WEL 5 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
SYD 0 vs CCM 1 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JanTimes shown AEDT
ADE 1 vs WST 0 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 24 JanTimes shown AEDT
BRI 2 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JanTimes shown AEDT
ADE 2 vs MEC 2 Report Stats
CCM 3 vs NEW 0 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JanTimes shown AEDT
VIC 0 vs SYD 5 Report Stats
WST 3 vs PER 1 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 31 JanTimes shown AEDT
MEC 2 vs SYD 1 Report Stats
PER 1 vs VIC 1 Report Stats
Sat, 01 FebTimes shown AEDT
WEL 2 vs ADE 1 Report Stats
NEW 2 vs WST 2 Report Stats
Sun, 02 FebTimes shown AEDT
BRI 2 vs CCM 1 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 07 FebTimes shown AEDT
WST 1 vs BRI 1 Report Stats
Sat, 08 FebTimes shown AEDT
CCM 1 vs VIC 3 Report Stats
SYD 0 vs ADE 3 Report Stats
Sun, 09 FebTimes shown AEDT
MEC 2 vs PER 1 Report Report Stats
NEW 2 vs WEL 3 Report Stats
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Round 19
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VIC 3 vs WST 1 Stats
Fri, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
ADE 2 vs CCM 0 Report Stats
Sat, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
SYD 2 vs PER 1 Report Stats
Sun, 16 FebTimes shown AEDT
WEL 0 vs MEC 5 Stats
BRI 0 vs NEW 1 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
CCM 1 vs WEL 4 Report Stats
Sat, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
NEW 0 vs SYD 2 Report Stats
VIC 4 vs ADE 3 Report Stats
PER 0 vs WST 2 Report Stats
Sun, 23 FebTimes shown AEDT
MEC 1 vs BRI 0 Stats
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Round 21
Thu, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
ADE 5 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
Fri, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
BRI 3 vs PER 1 Report Stats
Sat, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
CCM 2 vs SYD 1 Report Stats
MEC 4 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
Sun, 02 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 0 vs NEW 2 Report Stats
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Round 22
Thu, 30 JanTimes shown AEDT
BRI 2 vs ADE 1 Report Stats
Fri, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
VIC 3 vs CCM 1 Report Stats
Sat, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 1 vs MEC 0 Report Stats
SYD 3 vs WST 1 Report Stats
Sun, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
WEL 1 vs PER 1 Report Stats
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Round 23
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 1 vs BRI 1 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 0 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
CCM 3 vs NEW 1 Report Stats
PER 1 vs VIC 2 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEC 2 vs WEL 2 Report Stats
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Round 24
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ADE 3 vs SYD 1 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 5 vs WEL 0 Report Stats
BRI 1 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEC 1 vs CCM 2 Report Stats
WST 3 vs PER 0 Report Stats
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Round 25
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 2 vs MEC 1 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
WEL 0 vs ADE 1 Report Stats
CCM 2 vs WST 1 Report Stats
VIC 1 vs SYD 1 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
PER 2 vs NEW 1 Report Stats
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Round 26
Thu, 30 JanTimes shown AEDT
SYD 4 vs WEL 1 Report Stats
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
ADE 2 vs MEC 2 Report Stats
PER 3 vs CCM 1 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
NEW 2 vs VIC 2 Report Report Stats
WST 1 vs BRI 1 Report Stats
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Round 27
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
NEW 2 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
WEL 1 vs VIC 4 Report Stats
MEC 2 vs WST 3 Report Stats
BRI 0 vs CCM 2 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 2 vs PER 1 Report Stats
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Round 28
Fri, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
VIC 2 vs SYD 1 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
CCM 1 vs ADE 0 Report Stats
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Round 29
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 2 vs CCM 0 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 1 vs VIC 0 Report Stats
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Round 30
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BRI 2 vs WST 1 Report Stats
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Hyundai A - 2013-14 Ladder
Overall standings
Team P W D L +/- Pts
Brisbane Roar FC 27 16 4 7 18 52
Western Sydney FC 27 11 9 7 5 42
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
Adelaide United FC 27 10 8 9 9 38
Newcastle Jets FC 27 10 6 11 0 36
Perth Glory FC 27 7 7 13 -9 28
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