Wanderers keep perfect record as Victory slump to 2-1 home loss
Western Sydney Wanderers kept their ideal start to the season going with a 2-1 win over a Victory side which is still struggling for cohesion and goals.While the Wanderers will be cock a hoop after this result – the first time in 12 attempts they had beaten Victory – this is hardly the opening anyone had forecast for Kurz and his players, whose only goal so far this season has come from the spot after a VAR decision to award them a 70th-minute penalty, converted by Ola Toivonen.
The A - League has no immediate plans to install goal - line technology as debate continues to rage over a ruling in Saturday night's derby that was so tight even Wanderers hero Daniel Lopar admits he was "not 100 per cent" sure if Sydney FC were wrongly denied a goal. On an evening when "mentality
For a footballing community too often riddled with insecurity, quick to play the victim card, and constantly anxiously looking over its shoulder As headed goals in the A - League go, there have been few as emphatic as Wanderers ’ captain Mitch Duke’s thumping effort. It was a winning goal worthy of
The A-League has no immediate plans to install goal-line technology as debate continues to rage over a ruling in Saturday night's derby that was so tight even Wanderers hero Daniel Lopar admits he was "not 100 per cent" sure if Sydney FC were wrongly denied a goal.
On an evening when "mentality beat quality", in the words of Pirmin Schwegler, Western Sydney weathered a 90-minute storm from a vastly superior Sydney FC to secure a gritty 1-0 win at Bankwest Stadium - their first over the Sky Blues in almost three years.
But for a few millimetres, it could have been a very different story. Kosta Barbarouses's header off a corner in the 51st minute hit the inside of the post, spun across the line and was scooped up by Lopar, who immediately wagged his finger at referee Alireza Faghani to say the whole of the ball did not go over.
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Markus Babbel says last season his Western Sydney side would have found a way to lose instead of winning their A-League clash with Melbourne Victory.The Wanderers held off a late Victory fightback on Friday night to record their second win in as many matches - a stark contrast to last season where they won just six games for the year.
In association football, goal - line technology (sometimes referred to as a Goal Decision System) is the use of electronic aid to determine if a goal has been scored or not. In detail, it is a method used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line in between the goal-posts and
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Speaking to reporters after the match, Lopar was a little less adamant. "I was pretty sure, but not 100 per cent," he said. "Not full, in my opinion. But that's also the luck you need on your side."
The VAR assessed the incident but there was no footage available that conclusively showed the ball had totally crossed the line.
Predictably, there were cries on social media for the A-League to introduce goal-line technology but only the top few leagues in the world have it, and for a reason: it's prohibitively expensive.
A-League boss Greg O'Rourke estimated it would take hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the system up and running at each stadium.
With seven out of 11 teams scheduled to play home games at multiple venues this season, it is simply too much to justify for a tool used so rarely - at least in comparison with the new HawkEye software for offside rulings, which costs $150,000.
Baumjohann set to thrive in A-League derby
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica anticipates his former Western Sydney midfielder Alexander Baumjohann will rise to the occasion in their A-League derby.The Sky Blues and Western Sydney meet in a derby for the first time at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, with the game selling out on Friday morning.
The Sydney Derby is a local derby contested between the Australian A - League 's two Sydney-based clubs, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers .
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"We have to make choices where we invest," O'Rourke said. "At the moment our focus is on the offside technology as we had many more contentious calls in that space and also more full-time refs, of which Alireza was our 2019 choice."
The Sky Blues were also aggrieved by an alleged handball by Keanu Baccus in the second half, with the Western Sydney young gun appearing to lean his arm into the ball while attempting to use his chest. The VAR again chose not to intervene, a decision O'Rourke said had been given the green light on review as Baccus' arm was in a natural position.
The Wanderers knew they were fortunate to run out as winners but chalked up their ability to grind out the result as a character-building landmark for a team that is still coming together under coach Markus Babbel.
Lopar lauded teammate and fellow Swiss import Pirmin Schwegler as a "tactical genius", but the midfielder matched his vision and class with a fair degree of mongrel, launching himself into several crunching tackles as he niggled the Sky Blues all night.
"They are so strong. They have structure and good players, we knew this before," Schwegler said. "Of course, we had a bit of luck, but we worked for it.
"You need this mentality to know you have to defend and never give up, to fight. I love it if you can win with this quality."
Western Sydney should be even stronger for Saturday's home clash with Brisbane Roar with two key foreign players available to play. Defender Patrick Ziegler sat on the bench in the derby but was not used after recovering from a knee injury, while new signing Nikolai Muller only arrived in Australia on Friday.
Wanderers drop first A-League points .
Western Sydney Wanderers have dropped their first A-League points of the season but have returned to the top of the table with a 0-0 draw at home to Brisbane.Like Sydney last week, winless Roar would have left Bankwest Stadium wondering how they failed to score and have just one goal to show from three games. .