City dump Phoenix to reach A-League semi final

Michael Lynch 7:41 PM   Melbourne City has set up an A-League semi-final blockbuster with cross city rivals Melbourne Victory after pulling off an upset 2-0 away win in its elimination final in New Zealand on Sunday.

Top stories

Sydney could mark exit point for Chelsea stars

Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on December 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.

Sebastian Hassett 9:00 PM   Next month's friendly between Chelsea and Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium could mark the farewell for two of the English club's greatest players.

Sydney prepare for final with private hit-out

Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett 5:51 PM   Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau might reckon his side has an edge over Sydney FC in match fitness - but Sky Blues' coach Graham Arnold has been one step ahead.

Approach could mean end for states' rights

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 8:56 PM   Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of state federations? This week Football Federation Australia launches its 'Whole of Football' plan.

Adelaide knock Brisbane out of finals

Adelaide United's Awer Mabil celebrates after scoring the winner against Brisbane.

Substitute Awer Mabil scored the winner as Adelaide United knocked defending champions Brisbane Roar out of the A-League finals with a 2-1 victory on Friday night.

Manchester United in shock home loss

Wayne Rooney

Tom Hayward 10:19 AM   Burnley and Queens Park Rangers' Premier League survival hopes were left hanging by a thread after defeats and unfavourable results elsewhere left them rooted to the foot of the table on Saturday.

Visit of Jose something to be savoured

Craig Foster dinkus Dinkus

Craig Foster 11:23 PM   News of the visit by Chelsea to play Sydney FC, coming as it does on the back of behemoth Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma is fabulous news for the avid fan. 

Comments 2

Latest football news

Pressure all on Victory says Van 't Schip

Josh Kennedy, of Melbourne City,  celebrates his goal during the A-League elimination match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Lynch 9:09 PM   Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip goes into Friday's blockbuster A-League game with Melbourne Victory knowing that there is a Grand Final berth on the line - and with little expectations on his side.

Man-on-the-spot Kennedy says win was City's best of the season

A step forward: Josh Kennedy, left, fends off Ben Sigmund as City upset Phoenix in Wellington.

Michael Lynch 9:04 PM   Josh Kennedy, after a couple of early sighters, was the man who made the crucial difference for Melbourne City in its shock elimination of Wellington Phoenix.

Live: Wellington v Melbourne City

Josh Kennedy of Melbourne City reacts after fouling Ben Sigmund.

Daniel Cherny 7:09 PM   Live coverage of the A-League elimination final between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City.

Delpierre could be the key to Victory's finals challenge

With Matthieu  Delpierre in the side Victory's defence is calmer, better organised and looks tighter and better structured.

Michael Lynch 5:47 PM   Much of Melbourne Victory's attention in the second half of the season went into re-signing star wide player Fahid Ben Khallfallah, but could Matthieu Delpierre have the biggest impact in the club's finals campaign?

English game abandoned after fans storm pitch

Fan footage of the incident posted on Twitter.

12:46 AM   With the scores locked at 0-0 shortly after halftime, hundreds of fans entered the pitch forcing the referee to take the players off and, after an hour's delay, the match was abandoned.

Time for marquee man Koren to show City the way

Robert Koren.

Michael Lynch 12:27 AM   Finals football, with its increased pressure and greater intensity, is different.

Reds march on to semi in Sydney

Beaten: Jamie Young of Brisbane looks on as Adelaide scores in their A-League preliminary final on Friday.

Michael Lynch   The prospect of  a Melbourne A-League finals blockbuster came one step closer when Adelaide United ended Brisbane Roar's Championship defence at the first time of asking at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Osvaldo Ardiles the pathfinder for Premier League polyglots

Pioneer: Osvaldo Ardiles is a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

Michael Lynch   When Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool arrive in Australia during the winter for post-season tours Australian fans will never before have seen such a glittering array of foreign-born stars in English teams.

Victory signs Delpierre for another season

Matthieu Delpierre of the Victory.

Dynamic French defender Matthieu Delpierre has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at A-League premiers Melbourne Victory.

Cernak, Anderson cut as Mariners seek fresh start

Uncertain future: Central Coast's Isaka Cernak competes for the ball with Western Sydney's Nicholas Kalmar last month.

Sebastian Hassett   Central Coast Mariners coach Tony Walmsley spent his first full-time day on the job doing what no coach wants to do – telling players their time at the club has come to an end.

Wellington in game of high-stakes poker with FFA

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill   They've been one of the form teams of the A-League, but do Wellington have a future in the competition?

World of sport an international language

Sport speaks a language that crosses national boundaries.

Martin Flanagan   I've been asked to address an under-16 soccer team that in its first five matches this season has scored two goals while seeing more than 20 go into the net at the other end. Needless to say, they've lost every game.

Muscat's variations on a Postecoglou template

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch   Tony Popovic and Kevin Muscat were never the most burnished of Australia's golden generation of footballers. Tough, hard and uncompromising, defenders of their ilk rarely gather the plaudits of the purists.

City look to experienced men to shock favourites Phoenix

Melbourne City will depend on experienced players like Josh Kennedy.

Michael Lynch   Wellington Phoenix at home to Melbourne City in a sudden death knock out final. The team that is struggling to get over the line in front of its own fans, and the team whose recent form on the road has been horrific.

£100m to entice Gareth Bale to Man U

In demand: Gareth Bale.

Mark Ogden   Louis van Gaal will be handed the funds to lure Gareth Bale to Manchester United this summer if the Wales winger signals an intention to leave Real Madrid.

How Wanderers season of promise ended in pain

Nikita Rukavytsya reflects on a missed opportunity in round 15.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers won the Asian Champions League in November. Six months later they were fighting to avoid the wooden spoon, quashing player discontent and dealing with an overflowing injury ward.

Drogba may follow Lampard to MLS

Didier Drogba.

Matt Law   Didier Drogba is expected to receive an offer to follow Frank Lampard to the United States if Chelsea do not offer him an extension to his playing contract.

LIVE EPL

Schedule. Standings. Stats. And all the squads ... from the English Premier League season 2014-15.

Our writers

Michael Lynch
 
Seb Hassett
 
michael cockerill
 
Dom Bossi
 
Craig Foster