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  •   Home > News > Sports > Soccer

    A-League round four snapshot

    A quick overview of what happened in round four of the A-League 2017-18 season.


    * STAT THAT MATTERS -

    454 - The number of games Saturday's Melbourne City starting side had played before meeting their opponents Adelaide United. The Reds' starting XI themselves had played 303.

    * THEY SAID IT -

    "If someone put 50 pence in the meter they'd run out of electricity." - Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe was at a loss to explain why Friday night's VAR review took nearly four minutes.

    * CONTROVERSY CORNER -

    Sydney FC's 2-0 win over Perth was delayed for three minutes and 44 seconds while the VAR reviewed a penalty call against Glory. Sydney penalty-taker Bobo and Perth goalkeeper Liam Reddy endured a nerve-racking wait that refuelled the technology's staunchest critics and even had FFA acknowledging the situation was "unacceptable".

    * MAN OF THE ROUND -

    News of Ross McCormack's brace for Melbourne City travelled much farther than Adelaide on Saturday. The excellent first half display had some Aston Villa fans asking whether there was a recall clause in the out-of-favour 31-year-old's contract. Others were happier at the prospect of finally piquing the interest of a permanent buyer.

    * UNDER PRESSURE -

    Brisbane coach John Aloisi, his side is last with just a single point.

    * TALKING POINT -

    Staring down the barrel of a Massimo Maccarone spot-kick set to seal Brisbane's three-goal comeback, Wellington's teenaged goalkeeper Keegan Smith decided to blow the Italian a kiss. A furious Maccarone, two decades his senior, converted the penalty before rounding on the 18-year-old.


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