A-League Wrap: Rudan regrets media absence; Barbarouses shines.

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Marko Rudan expressed regret for not speaking to the media following his team’s 7-0 loss to Melbourne City, citing personal issues as the reason. Wellington Phoenix forward Kosta Barbarouses stole the show with a goal and an assist in his team’s 2-1 victory over Sydney FC, bringing his goal tally for the season to 11. This places him as the fifth-highest scorer in A-League history, surpassing Archie Thompson.

A heated exchange between Western Sydney captain Marcelo and Perth Glory players and staff occurred after the Wanderers’ 2-1 win. Even Glory coach Alen Stajcic got involved in the argument, adding intrigue to the incident. Wellington Phoenix continued their unbeaten streak at Eden Park in Auckland with a 2-1 win over Sydney, making it 12 wins in 12 matches at the venue.

Terry Antonis delivered a memorable long-range goal for Melbourne City in their dominant 7-0 win over Western Sydney. The stunning strike from the center circle left Wanderers’ goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas helpless, with the goal going viral online. Despite their recent win, Western Sydney coach Marko Rudan is under pressure due to rumors of player discontent. His team’s current sixth-place standing keeps them in contention for the finals, but a strong finish to the season may be necessary to secure his job.

Looking ahead, Adelaide and Western United will kick off round 22, with Central Coast facing Sydney FC in a crucial battle on Saturday. Melbourne City seeks to climb back into the top six by defeating Newcastle, while Melbourne Victory aims to compound Perth Glory’s woes on Sunday. Lastly, Western Sydney’s clash with Macarthur on Monday holds significant importance for both teams.

Denis Hardin

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