ROUND two of the A-League is done and dusted and there was plenty of drama once again.
We had some fantastic goals, gripping games, a sideline meltdown and yet more VAR controversy, of course.
Here’s a quick snapshot of everything that happened in Round Two of the 2018/19 A-League season!
VICTORY v GLORY: 93RD MINUTE STUNNER STOPS REMARKABLE COMEBACK IN ITS TRACKS
ROAR v PHOENIX: SO CLOSE YET SO FAR: AWFUL MOMENT COSTS NIX HISTORIC FEAT IN STALEMATE
THEY SAID IT
“Stupid decision. It ruined the derby last week. It ruined the derby this week. It ruined the grand final last year … these poor decisions are ruining our game. I don’t even want to watch it because I don’t know what I’m going to see. It’s ruining our game,” Archie Thompson summed up the sour mood around the league after Western Sydney saw a goal chalked off in the Sydney derby, won 2-1 by the Sky Blues.
MAN OF THE ROUND
On game 200 for Sydney FC, Alex Brosque scored the second in their derby win. His fourth goal against the Wanderers also took him to the top of the all-time derby scorers list.
‘OUR SPORT’S A LAUGHING STOCK’: REAL REASON FOR VAR DISASTER PINPOINTED
Brosque makes Wanderers pay0:00
A-League: Veteran Sydney striker Alex Brosque pounced on some messy play at the back from the Wanderers to steal the crucial second goal in the Sydney Derby.
MATCH OF THE ROUND
Tony Popovic earned a first win as Perth Glory boss in a pulsating 3-2 clash with Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Chris Ikonomidis scored the winner after Victory erased a two-goal deficit.
STAT THAT MATTERS
Ross McCormack’s goal against his old club Melbourne City was his first in yellow and blue but his 15th strike in 19 A-League outings. It was enough to earn Central Coast a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Gosford.
Two games in is a little early to be feeling the heat in clubland but heads must surely on the block in the refereeing department. Bloopers were supposed to be eliminated by the video refereeing system but it’s top of the A-League agenda after the howlers in at least four matches.
‘ONE OF THE ALL-TIME AWFUL MISSES’: A-LEAGUE STAR’S ASTONISHING FAIL
Kosmina, McBreen slam VAR0:00
A-League: John Kosmina and Daniel McBreen are the latest in the long line of ex-players, coaches and pundits to slam the VAR.
Steven Taylor notched an early contender for miss of the season in Wellington’s 0-0 draw in Brisbane. The Englishman failed to tap in at the back post early in the scoreless draw for a goal that would have put the Nix clear on top.
Sky Blues marquee Siem de Jong faces a stint on the sidelines after his derby cameo ended with a hamstring strain; the latest injury of an injury-prone career. Victory pair Georg Neidermeier (concussion) and Kenjok Athiu (hamstring) also limped out of their defeat.
Sydney FC play Adelaide United for the FFA Cup on Tuesday night, with the Sky Blues backing up against Melbourne City just 72 hours later. Saturday night sees Melbourne Victory return to Newcastle for the first time since their grand final smash and grab.
DEVASTATED: IMPORT’S TEARFUL A-LEAGUE DISASTER
‘DISGRACEFUL’: BABBEL SORRY BUT REFUSES EXPLANATION
‘ GAME IS GOING UNDER’: BOZZA’S ALL-TIME VAR RANT
Babbel gets red card!0:00
A-League: New Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has been sent off after he had a strong reaction to the VAR taking a goal off the team from Western Sydney.
Sydney FC recruit’s injury disaster0:00
A-League: Injury-prone Sydney recruit Siem De Jong was in tears after suffering a hamstring injury late in the Sydney derby.
Originally published as ‘It ruined the derby last week and this week’: A-League round two in a nutshell
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