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Gameiro salvages draw for Sydney

ADEvSYDA young and inexperienced Adelaide United failed to make the most of an extra man against Sydney FC in a disappointing 2-2 draw at Coopers Stadium.

Due to either injury or suspension, several young players had the chance to impress with starting positions. Baker-Daish started for the injured Marcelo Carrusca, and Hagi Gligor gained his first start of the season in Sydney’s diamond midfield. Fabio Ferreira, Marc Warren, and Matthew Jurman also started after several weeks on the bench.

Farina’s tactical diamond midfield showed good signs early on, with one player always pushing wide on the left to give width to an otherwise narrow formation. This neutralised Adelaide’s dominant midfield, who were already struggling without the influential Carrusca.

In the ninth minute Ali Abbas found the ball on the left touchline, and delicately guided it around the out-of-position Tarek Elrich to open up space. He then played Garcia down the line, who had time to pick out Despotovic in the middle. Despotovic’s brilliant strikers’ run lost his marker Zullo, and made for a simple tap in for the first goal of the game.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Jan 3, 2014, 7:30 PMStadium Coopers StadiumAttendance 15,347Referee Strebre Delovski

Adelaide

Goal24′ F.FerreiraYellow Card41′ M.ZulloPenalty72′ J.Barker-Daish (Pen)Yellow Card90′ O.Malik

Sydney

Goal9′ R.DespotovicYellow Card45′ N.CarleYellow Card62′ P.BojicSecond Yellow Card68′ N.CarleGoal82′ C.Gameiro

Adelaide struggled to find a dominating rhythm, and in the 19th minute their attacking efforts were compromised with Bruce Djite substituted due to a groin injury. Awer Mabil replaced him, and looked lively on the left wing.

Despite injury, Adelaide proved they aren’t reliant on any one player with an equaliser in the 22nd minute. Lustica’s cross into the box found Ferreira unmarked at the back post. Ferreira, from a tight angle, volleyed into the far corner with classy precision.

Adelaide was then dealt with another attacking blow when Cirio was substituted in the 30th minute due to injury. This opened the door for young attacker Anthony Costa, who looked somewhat overwhelmed in a nerve-racking debut.

In the second half, both teams struggled to find fluid possession; which could be attributed to the lack of experience in both squads. A disjointed performance by both teams opened the game up to quick breaks, and sloppy final touches left the audience wanting more.

Mabil continued to impress on the left wing, with two half chances in quick succession, though both dissipated as a result of wrong choices in his final touch.

A set piece in the 62nd minute gifted Adelaide a good attacking chance. Ferreira took the wrong option; chipping it delicately into the area. Confusion in the box saw Mabil drive the ball into Sydney’s defence.

At the other end Bojic took the ball just outside the box and shot low into the corner, though the shot lacked the power needed to beat Galekovic. Both squads displaying performances far from their best.

Just three minutes later, Nick Carle was sent off for a soft second yellow card. The experienced referee showed no leniency for an unavoidable collision.

Adelaide then wasted no time in making good use of their extra man, with debutant Anthony Costa winning a penalty conceded by Matthew Jurman. Australian Under-20 international Jake Barker-Daish stepped up to convert with ease.

Despite having the majority of possession, Sydney were able to attack on the counter, and won a free kick on the left wing in the 80th minute. Ali Abbas swung in a point-perfect free-kick, to which substitute Corey Gameiro brilliantly headed into the far corner. Sydney was level with ten minutes to go.

Sydney then continued to attack with flair, and Gameiro had two more chances in the space of five minutes. His darting runs exposed the Adelaide defence, though he couldn’t compose himself to put Sydney in the lead.

The match ended in unimpressive fashion, with both teams undeserving of a single point each.

About the author

avatarJames is a devout Melbourne Victory fan and a UQ Journalism student, writing for Ultimate A-League.

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Comments

  • Michael Culina

    “An unavoidable collision”? Did you actually watch the game?