Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory – Football Match Report – March 15, 2019 – ESPN.co.uk

Adelaide United vs. Perth Glory - Football Match Report - March 15, 2019 - ESPN.co.uk

Adelaide United 0-2 Perth Glory: Glory go nine points clear as Reds continue goal drought

Some major strokes of luck played into the Glorys hands, as a huge deflection handed Diego Castro a first half opener before an uncharacteristic error from Isaias saw Andy Keogh stroll into a one-on-one and fire into the bottom corner.

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Castro and Keogh spur Glory past Adelaide

The Reds were again frustrated in front of goal as their lack of goal scoring weapons continues to blight their season. New recruit Jordy Thomassen was again unable to break his duck for the club, while Marco Kurzs side are without a goal as a collective in their last three outings.

In a week overshadowed by more chatter surrounding the future of Marco Kurz, the home side did little talking on the pitch. Meanwhile, the Glory register their first win in nearly a month after back-to-back draws on the road.

Castro struck a deflected opener late in the first half before Keogh pounced on a horror giveaway from Isaias five minutes after arriving into the fray as a second half substitute to push Tony Popovics side nine points clear at the summit.

Castro fortuitously opened the scoring in the first half as he went from zero to hero in the space of two minutes. First he spurned a glorious chance from close range, before finally finding the net care of a horror deflection off Scott Galloway that rolled past a helpless Paul Izzo and into the back of the net.

But El Maestro swiftly atoned for that error when he wriggled into space inside the box and steered in his sixth goal of the season via a fortunate deflection of Scott Galloway which left Izzo wrong-footed.

The game was iced after the break following a shocking mistake from Reds skipper Isaias, who fatally passed the ball into the path of Andy Keogh – and the Irishman kept his cool to double the lead. It vindicated Tony Popovics decision to leave the star striker on the bench to start, as he found the net just five minutes after entering the fray.

Diego Castro and Andy Keogh struck in either half to help Perth Glory defeat Adelaide United 2-0 on Friday night and edge close to the Hyundai A-League Premiers Plate.

We could have seen two more goals in the closing stages of this one, but each goalkeeper pulled off a stunning save to keep the scoreline to two.

“Theyre a good team. I enjoy watching them play and how they work. You can see that their coach has been there for a second season and they understand clearly what he wants. They have some very talented players and it should be an entertaining match.”

Another disappointment for the Reds, while the Glory extend their lead atop the ladder. It stands at a massive nine points, with closest challengers Sydney FC still to play.

Perth Glory have temporarily extended their lead at the top of the A-League table to nine points after a 2-0 victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

Despite enjoying coaching a talent-studded Perth lineup, Popovic wont rest on his laurels. Physical breaks and rest periods aside, the Aussie coach insists that happiness does not equate with contentedness.

Some major strokes of luck played into the Glorys hands, as a huge deflection handed Diego Castro a first half opener before an uncharacteristic error from Isaias saw Andy Keogh stroll into a one-on-one and fire into the bottom corner.

Perth face an in-turmoil Adelaide United side tonight with the Reds ongoing contract saga between chairman Piet van der Pol and a frustrated Marco Kurz playing out in the media.

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“And then against Melbourne City, a very strong outfit in tough conditions, to dominate as we did in the second half speaks volumes for the players character and quality.”

The Reds were again frustrated in front of goal as their lack of goal scoring weapons continues to blight their season. New recruit Jordy Thomassen was again unable to break his duck for the club, while Marco Kurzs side are without a goal as a collective in their last three outings.

“You always want to improve in every aspect and thats whats so enjoyable about coaching this group; they are trying to improve every game, they want to get better.

In a week overshadowed by more chatter surrounding the future of Marco Kurz, the home side did little talking on the pitch. Meanwhile, the Glory register their first win in nearly a month after back-to-back draws on the road.

“Our players are happy and confident going into (Adelaide),” he said, “but they know that our level has to keep getting better because the opponents are improving.

Castro fortuitously opened the scoring in the first half as he went from zero to hero in the space of two minutes. First he spurned a glorious chance from close range, before finally finding the net care of a horror deflection off Scott Galloway that rolled past a helpless Paul Izzo and into the back of the net.

The game was iced after the break following a shocking mistake from Reds skipper Isaias, who fatally passed the ball into the path of Andy Keogh – and the Irishman kept his cool to double the lead. It vindicated Tony Popovics decision to leave the star striker on the bench to start, as he found the net just five minutes after entering the fray.

We could have seen two more goals in the closing stages of this one, but each goalkeeper pulled off a stunning save to keep the scoreline to two.

“Weve had time to reflect on whats happened so far. Its an opportunity to rest some players and give some extra training to others.

Another disappointment for the Reds, while the Glory extend their lead atop the ladder. It stands at a massive nine points, with closest challengers Sydney FC still to play.

“So its really been a combination of rest and good work which is difficult to do when you play so many games in a short period.”

Arsenal will take on Napoli in the pick of the ties in the quarter-finals of this seasons Europa League following Fridays draw, as Chelsea were paired with outsiders Slavia Prague.

Unai Emerys team will host Napoli at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg on April 11, with the return in Italy a week later.

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It is a tough draw for the Gunners, with Carlo Ancelottis Napoli currently second in Serie A — they were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage despite beating Liverpool at home and drawing twice with Paris Saint-Germain.

The winners of that tie will go on to a semi-final against the winners of an all-Spanish quarter-final between local rivals Valencia and Villarreal.

Both La Liga sides defeated Russian opposition in the last 16, with Valencia edging out Krasnodar and Villarreal, who are struggling domestically, knocking out Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Before winning the Europa League three years running with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, Emery really came to prominence during three years in charge of Valencia. He led them to three consecutive third-place finishes in La Liga between 2010 and 2012.

Emery and Ancelotti are both former Paris Saint-Germain coaches, but the latter may have wished for a match-up with another of his old sides, Chelsea.

Instead, the west London club will face Slavia, heading to the capital of the Czech Republic for the first leg on April 11.

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Chelsea, winners of the Europa League in 2013, will fancy their chances of advancing, although they would be wise to beware a Slavia side who are top of the Czech league and knocked out Sevilla in the last 16.

The winners of that tie will go through to a semi-final against either Benfica or dark horses Eintracht Frankfurt.

Benfica, who dropped out of this seasons Champions League at the group stage, lost to Chelsea in the 2013 Europa League final and were then beaten by Sevilla on penalties in the final a year later.

Eintracht are a dangerous prospect, and the only German survivor in any European competition this season.

The 1980 UEFA Cup winners, and runners-up in the European Cup in 1960, won the German Cup last season and are fresh from eliminating Inter Milan in the last 16.

This years Europa League final will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29. The winners will secure passage to next seasons Champions League group stage

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates are coming back to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Man United was drawn Friday to face the five-time champions, who beat the storied English club in the 2009 and 2011 finals. Messi scored in each of those matches.

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Still, United beat Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals before winning its third title, and it was at Camp Nou that current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the stoppage-time winning goal in the 1999 final, against Bayern Munich. Four English teams reached the last eight for the first time in 10 years, and two will meet next month.

Tottenham will host Manchester City in the first leg, which could be played at Wembley Stadium or at the north London clubs soon-to-be-completed new arena. The pairing also brought together the only two teams in the draw who have never been European champion. The other six have won a combined 21 titles. Liverpool will face Porto, a team the five-time champions beat in the last 16 last season. Back then, Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal to start its route to the final.

Ajax will play Juventus in a rematch of two previous finals. Ajax won in 1973, the third of its four European titles, and Juventus won its second title in 1996.

Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Juventus, a team which has lost two finals in the past four years, to end that 23-year wait.

Teams will be drawn at random and, unlike previous rounds, teams from the same nation can be pit against each other.

As well as the quarter-final matches, the make-up of the rest of the competition and possible semi-finals will also be determined.

Juventus off-season move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.

Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away. Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and 17.

A finalist last season and now in the quarterfinals again, Liverpool is back at Europes top table.

The mature way the five-time European champions dealt with Bayern Munich in their 3-1 away win in the last 16 showed how far they have come under Juergen Klopp over the past two years.

It was fitting that a goal by Virgil van Dijk proved to be key in Munich, with the arrival of the centre back for $99 million in January 2018 shoring up a defence that had been shaky in Klopps first two years in charge. Liverpool also now has a world-class goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson Becker. Few will relish going to Anfield in the last eight. Just ask Manchester City, which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg last year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.

This season seems like Citys best chance to become European champion since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.

The depth in Pep Guardiolas squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup. City has benefited from benign draws, with Schalke shaping up as the weakest round of 16 option. City won 10-2 over two legs.

A two-leg quarterfinal against Liverpool, its Premier League title rival, or against Manchester United, its neighbour, would be quite an experience.

Twenty years after scoring the winning goal for United in a Champions League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the team to the title as manager. After his understrength teams amazing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain from a 2-0 first-leg loss, who would bet against them?

Theres a nothing to lose feel about United, which was a huge outsider when qualifying for the knockout stage under Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer has restored some of the teams belief and attacking swagger in three months in charge. See especially Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. It might not be enough for a fourth European title but it should be fun watching.

Porto is, perhaps, the team everyone else in the draw wants to face. Coached by former player Sergio Conceicao, Porto is looking to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Jose Mourinho led the team to its second title.

Porto has flavours of South America and Mexico in the team, plus a foundation of Champions League-winning former Madrid veterans: 37-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas and 36-year-old defender Pepe, who returned to his former club in January.

Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition.

Tottenham is in the quarterfinals for only the second time, despite not buying any players in the past year.

That highlights the extraordinary job coach Mauricio Pochettino is doing with a tight-knit squad – headlined by England striker Harry Kane and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen – and an ever tighter budget.

Tottenhams new stadium, built on the site of its former White Hart Lane ground in north London, should finally get to host a Champions League game after season-long construction delays and safety concerns.

If Tottenham is drawn at home for the first leg on April 9-10, it could even officially open the new arena.

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