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90' + 2'
S. Galloway
Yellow Card
90' + 1'
R. Lowry
S. Singh
88'
M. Burgess
R. Krishna
84'
G. Blackwood
V. Lia
84'
S. Taylor
Yellow Card
71'
A. Rufer
Yellow Card
70'
M. Kopczynski
D. Williams
68'
Mandi
Red Card
65'
Isaías
Yellow Card
63'
N. Mileusnic
K. Ilsø
63'
V. Lia
Yellow Card
58'
M. Jakobsen
Yellow Card
41'
A. Durante
Yellow Card
Kick Off
2
4
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
16
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 2
Total Passes 427 286

Commentary

FULL TIME: ADELAIDE UNITED 0 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 0 - A great defensive effort from Wellington, who were able to hold on with a 0-0 draw and take a point out of this one, despite playing with 10 men, for the last quarter of the match. The Reds had several opportunities on goal, but Kurto was nothing short of magnificent today, as he saved everything that went his way.
90' + 6' Blackwood is on the end of a promising Reds play, he attempts to squeeze it into bottom corner of goal, but Kurto is on it.
90' + 5' Mileusnic shows a bit too much, as Cacace forces him to run the ball out of play.
90' + 4' Kitto throws caution to the wind and has a shot on goal, but it flies over the crossbar.
S. Galloway
Yellow Card
Adelaide United
90' + 2' YELLOW CARD REDS - Galloway is awarded a yellow card after a sloppy tackle.
R. Lowry
S. Singh
Wellington Phoenix
90' + 1' SUBTITUTION PHOENIX - Third and final change for the Nix as Singh is off and Lowry is on.
90' We have six minutes of additional time to play.
M. Burgess
R. Krishna
Wellington Phoenix
88' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - The Phoenix make their second change as Krishna makes way for Burgess.
86' Halloran knocks it for goal, with Kurto flicking it off the line and it is cleared by the Phoenix defence.
G. Blackwood
V. Lia
Adelaide United
84' SUBSTITUTION REDS - Lia's time on the ground is up as Blackwood runs on to replace him.
S. Taylor
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
84' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Taylor goes into the ref's book for time wasting.
83' Kitto with a chance for Adelaide, but Doyle is able to clear it from the goal line. 
81' Halloran takes a shot on goal on the run and he clips the side of the goal net.
79' The Reds just need to find a way past Kurto. He has ticked all the boxes today.
77' Since the 68th minute, the possession count has been 84-16 in favour of the Reds.
75' The Phoenix need to show a sense of urgency, as they are just looking like they are out for the count.
73' This is the time for the Reds to strike, as the Phoenix are at a clear disadvantage, being reduced to 10 men.
A. Rufer
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
71' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Another yellow for the Phoenix, as Rufer is issued a yellow after a late challenge.
M. Kopczynski
D. Williams
Wellington Phoenix
70' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - The Phoenix make a tactical change, after Mandi being issued a red card, with Williams having to make way for Kopczynski.
Mandi
Red Card
Wellington Phoenix
68' RED CARD PHOENIX - Mandi has been sent off after what appeared to be crude and deliberate kick into the body of Lia. The home fans clearly agree with the ref's decision.
67' The VAR is having a look at the initial incident that was the tipping point for the melee. It looks as though Mandi is in trouble for going in and kicking Lia whilst he was down on the ground.
Isaías
Yellow Card
Adelaide United
65' YELLOW CARD REDS - Isaías is awarded a yellow card after he insights the push and shove that occured after the tackle attempt.
N. Mileusnic
K. Ilsø
Adelaide United
63' SUBSTITION REDS - The Reds make their first change of the match, as Ilsø is off and Mileusnic is on to replace him.
V. Lia
Yellow Card
Adelaide United
63' YELLOW CARD REDS - Lia is in the ref's book after a late challenge on Mandi, who rolls around in pain. It elicits a bit of a push and shove from Lia.
62' Both teams are starting to look towards their benches, as they try to find the winning edge, to propel them to victory.
60' Kurto only has eyes for the ball as he makes the save but collides with a Phoenix attacker, taking a bit of a tumble. He shakes it off much like Taylor Swift and sticks around. He kicks the ball back into play.
M. Jakobsen
Yellow Card
Adelaide United
58' YELLOW CARD REDS - Jakobsen goes into the referee's book after a late challenge.
57' Kitto takes it to the edge of the box, he lets fly with a shot on goal, forcing a diving save from Kurto, who push the ball out, conceding a corner.
56' Elsey with a thumping header and Kurto is able to make the save. There are appeals that the ball crossed the line, but the referee does not agree. The VAR has a look at it and upholds the match referee's decision.
54' Halloran heads off to the sidelines after receiving a knock. He seems to be fine and will continue to be part of the match.
52' Williams with a shot on goal but it takes a deflection and it goes out for a corner kick.
50' The Reds just can't seem to find a way through the Phoenix defence at the moment.
48' The Reds have the upper hand, early in the second half, but it all means nothing unless they score a goal.
46' SECOND HALF - We are back under way for the second half as the Reds kick off to get us started.
HALF TIME: ADELAIDE UNITED 0 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 0 - We go into the half time break with the scores all tied up at 0-0. Lia gave Kurto an almighty scare in the 43rd minute, but the Phoenix keeper rose up to the challenge that was laid down to him. This game can go either way, with both teams having periods of dominance within the first half.
45' We have one minute of stoppage time added onto the clock for the first half.
43' Lia with a massive chance on goal, as he head it for goal just inside the box and Kurto makes the strong save.
A. Durante
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
41' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Durante brings down Goodwin very sloppily and he is awarded a yellow card.
40' Lia gives it a crack from a long way, blasting the ball over the crossbar.
38' Lia decides to go for the backpass, as the Reds look to reload from defence, as Izzo blasts it into the Reds attacking half.
36' Great defensive work by the Nix, as they are able to deny the Reds one more time.
34' Wellington have been enjoying some quality time inside their attacking half.
32' News coming from the bench is Wellington Phoenix coach has been given a final warning by the referee, as he has been quiet vocal on the sidelines.
30' The Phoenix win the free kick 20m from the box after Halloran flattened Singh, after he disposed of the ball.
28' Singh has been very quiet today, barely being sighted on the ground. 
26' Isaias has been a little sloppy with his disposal. He has given the ball away three times today.
24' The Reds defence are doing well to deny the Phoenix attackers. This one is going precisely as the Reds planned.
22' The Phoenix are chipping the ball around the middle of the ground, as they are looking for a way back into the game.
20' Halloran kicks it over the top of his head, with Kurto out of position, but the ball flies over the crossbar.
19' Strain attempts to get around Krishna, near the sideline. There are appeals for a handball but it is ignored by the ref.
17' The Phoenix defence have been under the pump for the last few minutes. The Reds have certainly had a few close calls on goal.
15' Jakobsen is held off the ball inside the box by Doyle. There are strong appeals for a penalty, but it is not given. The VAR has a look and upholds the original decision.
14' Strain is brought down by Goodwin inside the defensive half. The referee awards the set piece.
12' Lia has the ball inside of the box, he takes a shot on goal and it is just wide of the mark, but it was still enough to force Kurto to dive away for the ball.
10' The Phoenix are starting to get the upper hand in this one, with the Reds defence on high alert.
8' Wellington have the upper hand in terms of possession with 60.8% of the ball with the Reds only spending 29.2% of the time with the ball.
6' This has not been a happy hunting ground for the Phoenix, with their last win on this ground back on New Years Eve 2014/2015, where they chalked up a 4-2 win on that day.
4' Durante is having an effect across defence for the Phoenix.
2' It has been an even start to the game from both teams.
1' FIRST HALF - The Phoenix kick off to get us under way.
TEAMS - WELLINGTON PHOENIX (3-4-3) STARTING XI - Filip Kurto (GK); Steven Durante, Andrew Durante, Tom Doyle; Louis Fenton, Alex Rufer, Mandi, Liberate Cacace; Roy Krishna, Sarpeet Singh, David Williams. SUBS - Oliver Sail (GK), Ryan Lowry, Nathan Burns, Michal Kopczynski, Max Burgess. 
TEAMS - ADELAIDE UNITED (4-3-3) STARTING XI - Paul Izzo (GK); Ryan Strain, Jordan Elsey, Michael Jakobsen, Scott Galloway; Vince Lia, Isaias, Craig Goodwin; Ben Halloran, Ken Ilso, Ryan Kitto. SUBS - Daniel Margush (GK), Michael Marrone, Taylor Regan, George Blackwood, Nikola Mileusnic. 
The Phoenix have not lost a game in their last five matches, with three wins and two drawn games in this period. Should they extend this streak to six today, it will be the first time since the 2014/2015 season.
The Reds are undefeated in their last nine starts against the Wellington Phoenix, winning six and three draws in this period. They have only conceded five goals in this time, with four of them coming in the opening half.
Welcome to Coopers Stadium for the match between the 5th placed Adelaide United and the 6th placed Wellington Phoenix.
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