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A-League Roundup: Big Blue Sides Battle Back As Top Dogs Lose Bite

Melbourne Victory fans show their support during the round 15 A-League match Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. January 15, 2016| Credit: Graham Denholm

Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League is history and the top sides in the competition fell in dramatic fashion to a couple of established outfits. The round kicked off with Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory hosting John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar on Friday at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia and it wasn’t even close. A brace from Kosta Barbarouses (11′, 30′) combined with strikes from French-born Tunisian Fahid Ben Khalfallah (5′) and Besart Berisha (52′) sank the league leaders 4-0.

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At Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, goals from Craig Goodwin (60′), Pablo Sanchez (81) and Mate Dugandzic (92′) gave Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United a comprehensive 3-1 win over Tony Walmsley‘s Central Coast Mariners. Portuguese striker Fabio Ferreira scored in the 67th minute for the Coast.

Meanwhile, at the Sydney Derby at Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, Western Sydney, goals from Jacques Faty (22′) and Shane Smeltz (90′) were enough for Graham Arnold‘s Sydney FC to see off Tony Popovic‘s Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1. Dario Vidosic scored in the 58th minute for the hosts.

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Over at nib Stadium in Perth, Kenny Lowe‘s Perth Glory played down to 10 men but were brave in holding John van’t Schip‘s Melbourne City to a 2-2 draw. Spanish winger Diego Castro (47′) and Chris Harold (60′) scored for Perth, while Eric Paartalu (31′) and Aaron Mooy (47′) recorded goals for the visitors.

Another team that played down to 10 men were Scott Miller‘s Newcastle Jets, who nonetheless took down Ernie Merrick‘s Wellington Phoenix, 3-1, at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Ryan Kitto (26′), David Carney (66′) and Milos Trifunovic (7′) scored for the Jets, while substitute Matthew Ridenton scored in the 81st minute for the Nix.

The next A-League live blog on The Stoppage Time will take place on Monday night, Jan. 25, when Melbourne Victory host Sydney FC in the next installment of the Big Blue. That live blog starts at a special time, 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET.

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