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The Wanderers have lost their home ground advantage

They say hindsight is 20-20, but given the lack of atmosphere at their new home ground, the Western Sydney Wanderers must be questioning the wisdom of moving to Spotless Stadium.

Sharing a point with the Mariners on Saturday night is the least of Western Sydney’s problems.

Central Coast should have won the game – firstly when Connor Pain clipped the post, secondly after they were denied a cast-iron penalty – as the Wanderers ended up taking just two points from back-to-back home fixtures.


Aussies abroad: Caltex Socceroo’s stunning winner

Caltex Socceroo Tom Rogic has scored another stunning goal to guide Celtic to a 1-0 win in the Scottish Premiership overnight.

Rogic produced a moment of magic midway through the first half to sink Aberdeen as the Hoops went nine points clear at the top of the SPL.

Swooping on a loose ball just outside the box, Rogic took one touch with his right foot before hitting a half-volley with the outside of his left foot which rocketed into the corner of the net.

 


Goals win games: with a lack of top strikers, how can China solve its goalscoring conundrum?

Foreign players are scoring the vast majority of the goals in this year’s Chinese Super League, and the effects of that are showing at international level. But it’s the foreign players’ goals that people are tuning in to watch

While the Manchester derby was acting as an advert for everything that’s good about the Premier League this weekend, Jiangsu Suning Sainty and Shijiazhuang Everbright were doing their best to showcase the reasons for watching the Chinese Super League.


South Melbourne coach Chris Taylor slams ‘lazy’ A-League recruiters, reignites promotion-relegation debate

WINNING South Melbourne coach Chris Taylor has taken a swipe at the A-League’s ecosystem, declaring deserved players are missing out on top tier chances.

Taylor has reignited the promotion-relegation debate after leading former National Soccer League side South Melbourne to another state league title on Sunday, beating Oakleigh 3-2, calling for reform.


Brisbane Roar backed to be as big as Wanderers or Victory

The new head of the A-League says there’s no reason why crisis-torn Brisbane can’t be as big an off-field success as Western Sydney or Melbourne Victory.

Greg O’Rourke, who has started his role as Damien de Bohun’s successor at Football Federation Australia, met the Roar’s new leadership for the first time at a corporate event earlier this week.


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