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A-League Round 18 wrap-up

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Roar Guru
12th February, 2020
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Here is all the action summed up from Round 18 of the A-League.

Melbourne City 2-1 Melbourne Victory
With their season looking over, the Victory were playing for pride in the derby against Melbourne City. It was the Citizens who got off to the better start with Florin Berenguer striking in the eighth minute to break the deadlock.

Melbourne City then doubled their advantage through Jamie Maclaren, who struck in the 71st minute. The Victory pegged a goal back through Ola Toivonen scoring from a free kick in the 76th minute with Thomas Glover dropping the ball into his own net. Melbourne City would hold on for a 2-1 win, the Victory ruing missed opportunities.

Perth Glory 4-2 Wellington Phoenix
With both teams wanting to make up for poor performances last week, Perth and Wellington came into their clash wanting to take all three points. Both teams struggled to make their mark in the first half until Perth hit the board first through Tomislav Mrcela in the 43rd minute.

Nicholas D’Agostino doubled Perth’s advantage on the verge of halftime. The game picked up from where it left off with D’Agostino scoring in 54th minute.

Gary Hooper scored a double for Wellington in the 68th and 76th minutes to trim the margin to one goal. But the comeback was halted on the stroke of fulltime with Bruno Fornaroli scoring in the 90th minute to seal the game for Perth.

Sydney FC 0-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
The game was postponed due to weather.

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Adelaide United
After winning three of their last four games, Brisbane had revived their season and a win over Adelaide would place them in the top six. Both sides went scoreless in the first half but the away side opened the scoring in the second with Ben Halloran striking in the 58th minute.

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Mirza Muratovic responded for the home side ten minutes later, then Tom Alfred reversed the deficit for Brisbane in the 74th minute. It would be enough to secure all three points for Brisbane, who are now in finals contention.

Newcastle Jets 4-3 Central Coast Mariners
Both teams were desperate to take all three points after gone without a win in 2020. Dimitri Petratos got the bottom-placed Jets off to the perfect start when he struck in the 15th minute. Ten minutes later Nikolai Topor-Stanley doubled the advantage.

The Jets looked set for their first win since November, but the game would take a turn. Ruon Tongyik scored for Central Coast in 45th minute, then Jack Clisby levelled the scores in the 49th minute.

Once again Petratos stepped up to put his side in front in 52nd minute, then the Jets got out to a two-goal cushion once again when Eun-Sun Kim put the ball in his own net. The Jets went on to win 4-3.

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