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Sport Adelaide hold Sydney FC to A-League draw

14:11  14 january  2018
14:11  14 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Sydney can handle A-League, Asian demands

  Sydney can handle A-League, Asian demands Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says his side is up to the challenge of juggling A-League and AFC Champions League demands when schedules collide next month.Few A-League teams have been able to successfully handle the demands of domestic and continental competition in the past.

Adelaide United have managed the almost unthinkable this A - League season and kept Sydney FC scoreless. But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A - League leaders to a goalless draw .

Tangle: Bobo of Sydney FC clashes with Jordan Elsey. But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A - League leaders to a goalless draw .

Bobo of Sydney FC clashes with Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United.© AAP Image/James Elsby Bobo of Sydney FC clashes with Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United. Adelaide United have managed the almost unthinkable this A-League season and kept Sydney FC scoreless.

Not since Ben Kennedy kept a clean sheet in Central Coast's 2-0 win over the Sky Blues at the start of November has anyone denied Graham Arnold's men on the scoresheet.

But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A-League leaders to a goalless draw.

The depleted United, who were forced to hand three players their debuts, were resolute against the powerful Sky Blues who dominated much of the contest and peppered Adelaide's goal for large periods of the second half.

Late goal denies Gombau win over Adelaide

  Late goal denies Gombau win over Adelaide A late equaliser for Adelaide United has denied their former coach Josep Gombau a win in the A-League clash at Spotless Stadium.The Wanderers looked set for a third straight win until substitute Apostolos Stamatelopoulos scored from close range following a cut back from Ryan Strain.

A below-par Sydney FC have escaped a first A - League defeat but dropped another two points in an uninspiring goalless draw with Adelaide United. The Sky Blues spurned the chance to go nine points clear at the top of the table on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium

A below-par Sydney FC have escaped a first A - League defeat but dropped another two points in an uninspiring goalless draw with Adelaide United.

The Reds were without Baba Diawara, Taylor Regan and Ryan Kitto, who were added to the already-lengthy injury list, while Nikola Mileusnic was a late omission after failing to get through the warm up.

Lachlan Brook earned a starting debut and last week's hero Apostolos Stamatelopoulos was given his first start while Sydney were almost at full strength.

United's youth gave the visitors a scare inside the opening minute, with Stamatelopoulos and Brook combining to set up Mark Ochieng, but his near post effort was well saved by Andrew Redmayne.

Reds must develop young players: coach

  Reds must develop young players: coach The absence of the Reds' key Olyroos trio will be further underlined on Sunday night when Adelaide hosts the Sky Blues in A-League at Coopers Stadium.The absence of the Reds' key Olyroos trio Paul Izzo, Ben Garuccio and George Blackwood will be further underlined on Sunday night when they host the Sky Blues at Coopers Stadium.

Adelaide United have managed the almost unthinkable this A - League season and kept Sydney FC scoreless. But an injury-ravaged Adelaide United, with Daniel Margush in goal, turned in a spirited performance at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to hold the A - League leaders to a goalless draw .

SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Sydney FC saw its lead in Australian football 's A - League reduced to five points Sunday when it played out a 0-0 Sydney had Adelaide under intense pressure at times Sunday but the Reds' defense held and Sydney was left with a record of 12 wins, two draws

On the quarter hour Adrian Mierzejewski capitalised on a defensive error from the Reds and was left one-on-one with keeper Margush, but the young shot-stopper stood firm to deny the Polish star with his legs.

Another of United's young guns went close minutes later when Ryan Strain rattled the bar with a dipping effort from 25 metres.

Mierzejewski again got on the end of some sloppy defending close to the half hour but he pushed his shot wide from the edge of the area.

Minutes after the restart Brook exchanged passes with Jordan O'Doherty but blazed over the bar before Sydney started to overpower the home side.

Jordy Buijs tested the palms of Margush, as did Miezerjewski, who forced a stunning save from the young keeper on the hour.

Alex Brosque was put through clear on goal soon after but his toe poke went just wide.

Reds coach Marco Kurz also handed debuts to Kristin Konstandopoulos and Pacifique Niyongabire for the last half hour.

As Sydney continued their search for a winner, United almost found a late goal of their own when O'Doherty whipped a dangerous low cross into the box, although it was scrambled to safety by the visitors.

Victory want end to Sydney A-League hoodoo .
Two years of Sydney FC wins over Melbourne Victory is too long for Besart Berisha.The Sky Blues have run roughshod over the competition over the past two seasons, and Victory has been one of their prime whipping boys.

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