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86'
J. Aspropotamitis
Yellow Card
76'
Guilherme
Goal
3 - 1
48'
B. Santalab
N. Martínez
3 - 0
39'
B. Santalab
M. Nichols
2 - 0
9'
N. Martínez
Goal
1 - 0

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Possession
38% 61%
8
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 9 3
Total Passes 341 560
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Commentary

FULL TIME - The Wanderers finally win a match here at Spotless Stadium. They outclassed Wellington with two goals from club leading goal scorer Brendon Santalab to win 3-1. The win puts them in the box seat for sixth position with a five point gap over Wellington with four games remaining.
90' + 5' The Wanderers will now hold a five point gap over Wellington for the last spot in the top six after tonight's result.
90' + 3' Finkler sends it in towards the near post but it's well dealt with by the Wanderers defence.
90' + 2' A late corner from Wellington here. If they can score it would set up a grandstand finish.
90' + 1' There are five minutes of stoppage time to be played.
B. Piñatares
T. Antonis
89' SUBSTITUTION WANDERERS - Terry Antonis is replaced by Bruno Piñatares.
88' Neville crosses it into the box for Sotirio but he slams the ball high and wide.
87' This time Finkler's free kick is slammed into the wall.
J. Aspropotamitis
Yellow Card
86' YELLOW CARD - Aspropotamitis is booked for tugging the shirt just outside the box.
85' Kusukami slides it in for Neville whose shot is well saved by Moss.
83' The Wanderers have eight minutes of defending a two goal lead. They should be able to cover that time based on what we have seen tonight.
80' Play is stopped with Clisby requiring treatment for a leg injury.
V. Lia
Yellow Card
78' YELLOW CARD - Vince Lia is booked for his careless challenge on Martinez.
J. Sotirio
M. Nichols
77' SUBSTITUTION WANDERERS - Mitch Nichols comes off and is replaced by Jaushua Sotirio.
H. Watson
S. Smeltz
76' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Wellington make another change with the ineffective Shane Smeltz replaced by Hamish Watson.
Guilherme
Goal
76' GOAL PHOENIX - Finkler beats the wall with the free kick and squeezes it past Janjetovic inside the far post and he pulls one back for Wellington. That was the perfectly taken free kick. Western Sydney still lead 3-1.
75' Wellington have the free kick well within Finkler's range. This could kick start a comeback.
73' Finkler with a tired effort from inside the box and it trickles out for a goal kick.
71' Kusukami has his shot blocked but the rebound goes to Neville who shoots over.
68' Wellington really need to give this game a shake but they can't string the passes together at the moment.
66' Lachlan Scott comes hard for the ball with Moss getting there first and requiring treatment.
L. Scott
B. Santalab
63' SUBSTITUTION WANDERERS - Two goal hero Brendon Santalab comes off and is replaced by Lachlan Scott.
63' Finkler sends the free kick into the box but Jamjetovic comes out and fists the ball away.
60' Smeltz shoots from close range but Janjetovic makes a simple save.
59' Kusukami with a long run but he does it all by himself and runs out of steam.
58' Finkler goes short to Doyle who takes a touch too many and the chance is gone.
55' The Wanderers with a four on two counter attack and this really should be 4-0. Antonis has an open goal to aim at and he drags it across the face and out for a goal kick.
51' For a game with so much at stake Wellington have really been disappointing to this stage of the match.
B. Santalab
Goal
48' GOAL WANDERERS - It was a case of very poor defence for the Phoenix here. Martinez cuts it back to Santalab who puts it away with a simple header. Wanderers lead 3-0.
47' Antonis shoots from distance but it lacks the power and it's a regulation save for Antonis.
R. Bonevacia
Álex Gorrín
46' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - A half-time change for Wellington with Alejandro Rodriguez replaced by Roly Bonevacia.
46' The second half is underway.
HALF TIME - It's a rampaging and dominant Western Sydney Wanderers in this first half who lead Wellington 2-0. The margin could have easily been double such has been their dominance.
45' There are two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
44' Wanderers coach Tony Popovic still doesn't look content on the sidelines. He wants more goals in this classic six pointer if ever there was one.
42' Smeltz with a chance inside the box but his shot is smothered by Janjetovic who throws himself at the ball.
B. Santalab
Goal
39' GOAL WANDERERS - Sanatalab has scored against the Phoenix again! Nichols cuts it back to Santalab who goes one way then the other before shooting past Moss who got a hand onto it. The keeper should have saved it but that doesn't worry Santalab who takes the Wanderers out to a 2-0 lead.
36' Wellington have the free kick about 28 metres out. Finkler takes the free kick but it was always going wide.
34' The corner is swung into the box with Baccus getting up and heading wide.
33' Neville crashes head first into the advertising signs but he shakes it off and gets on with business.
T. Doyle
A. Parkhouse
30' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Adam Parkhouse is replaced by Thomas Doyle in what appears to be a tactical substitution.
27' The game has settled down with Wellington catching up to speed.
24' Finkler's corner wasn't a career best effort and the Wanderers can clear.
24' Finkler's cross is knocked out for a corner and Wellington have a chance at the set piece.
23' Wellington have plenty to play for here tonight and they really do need to lift their game.
19' It continues to be all one way traffic with the Wanderers dominating.
17' We are only 16 minutes in and the Wanderers have already had nine attempts at goal!
17' The corner comes in to Antonis who shoots just wide of the target.
16' Clisby is in behind the Wellington defence and it's a great save by Moss that prevents Clisby from scoring his first ever A-League goal.
14' The outswinger by Martinez finds Neville with the free header which goes just over the top right corner.
14' The corner is taken short by Clisby before being swung in. The last touch comes off a Wellington player and it's another corner to the Wanderers.
14' Parkhouse takes a low risk policy and concedes another corner.
13' The corner by Antonis misses everyone before it goes out of play for a throw in.
12' Wellington have the corner and it's cleared by the Wanderers defence. This leads to Nichols taking off on a long run with his cut back deflected out for a corner.
11' The Wanderers have taken five shots to nil at this early stage of the match.
11' Antonis shoots from just outside the box but it takes a deflection off Nichols before going out of play for a goal kick.
N. Martínez
Goal
9' GOAL WANDERERS - We are only into the ninth minute but the Wanderers get exactly what they deserve. Neville slides into the ball and gets there first in the box. It goes to Martinez who shoots across into the bottom corner of the net and Moss had absolutely no chance. Wanderers lead 1-0.
8' Neville with a decent ball in towards Santalab and he really should have done better with the header that goes wide. Coach Tony Popovic tends to agree.
6' Wellington have not been able to get into the game just yet. Wanderers are creating all the chances.
4' Kuskami with a shot from inside the box. He beats Moss but the shot hits the bottom of the post. Unlucky!
2' Some poor defending from Parkhouse who seems to be miles away. Kusukami with the cut back to Clisby but Moss can breathe easy with the shot not getting past the shot stopper.
1' We are off and underway in this very important match.
Wellington (4-3-3): Moss (GK); Parkhouse, Rossi, Durante, Ridenton; Lia, Finkler, Rodriguez; Krishna, Smeltz, Barbarouses. Subs: Italiano (GK), Bonevacia, Watson, Doyle, Fox.
Western Sydney (4-2-3-1): Janjetovic (GK); Neville, Cornthwaite, Aspropotamitis, Clisby; Baccus, Antonis; Kusukami, Nichols, Martinez. Subs: Tyson (GK), Hamill, Scott, Sotirio, Pinatares.
Lets take a look at how they line up.
The outcome of this match is simple. Win and sixth place is yours. A Wanderers win puts them five points inside the 6. A Wellington win puts them in the 6.
Good evening and welcome to the final match of the split round. It's Western Sydney v Wellington.