Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

A-League: Champions still without a win Down Under (+video)

Posted in Asian Football, Oceania Football by peterbein on September 12, 2010

Problems are mounting for the defending Australian champions Sydney FC having played six games in the 2010-11 season thus far. The club has failed to win a single game in that time and for coach Vítězslav Lavička the current run of bad form is a growing concern especially as his team had high expectations to retain the title they won in dramatic fashion in 2009-10. The latest setback came away at Wellington Phoenix, the New Zealand team coached by Ricki Herbert making the most of their chances against a team down on their luck. The scoring in the Matchday 6 encounter began in the 50th minute when Bruno Cazarine was yellow carded for giving away a penalty kick which was duly converted by Paul Ifill. Cazarine made amends seventeen minutes later when he coolly slotted home before Sydney FC would endured more misery following Nick Ward’s 72nd minute winner for the Phoenix. The defeat leaves Sydney FC rooted rock bottom in the eleven team league with just two points from six matches. Sydney’s plight only serves as a general reminder of what is an unfamiliar look about the table at the moment. Adelaide United lead the way with 14 points followed by Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners who are both just three points behind. Melbourne Victory, the dominant force in A League football, lie in fourth spot with eight points with Brisbane Roar trailing them on goal difference. New expansion team Melbourne Heart have begun life well lying as they do in sixth spot.



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