Wanderers count lucky stars / Mundial Mornings

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Source: Brendan Esposito (Sydney Morning Herald)

The Western Sydney Wanderers were blessed with good fortune last night, gaining a crucial point in their 1-1 ACL draw against FC Seoul at home.

Despite a dominant first half, the Wanderers were lucky not to fall to the sword of the Koreans. The faces of the away fans expressed a picture of dismay; the referee failing to spot the ball travel across the line after Ante Covic’s attempted save in the 90th minute. Perhaps the referee forgot to put his contacts in, as he also missed a clear penalty for the Wanderers earlier on. It was no doubt the game changer, and will leave the Seoul manager furious.

On the flip side, youngster Kerem Bulut proved to be the
difference for the Wanderers in the first half. A defensive error from FC Seoul
in the 12th minute was pounced on by Bulut, punishing the away side for their mistake. His goal puts him as the equal top scorer for
the Wanderers alongside Tomi Juric. His energetic performance will please the
fans and leave Popovic assured with his decision to sign  Bulut back in January.

The Wanderers face a must win home game against Kashima
Antlers in a fortnight. They can’t afford to rely on luck striking twice….

 GOAL OR NO GOAL? 

Argentina’s top
referee in hot water.

 

Referee German Delfina faces a ban after overturning a
penalty and red card decision in a clash between Velez and Arsenal. His linesman Ivan Nunez caught eyes of the
camera man’s monitor and informed Delfina via his earpiece.

Despite the overruled decision deeming to be correct, FIFA
have forbidden the use of video technology to influence a referee’s decision.

The overruled decision sparked controversy resulting in an
on-field verbal war between the coaching staff and players.

Watch the action unfold in front of your eyes….

HOT TOPIC

Should FIFA bring in full video technology for referees? Let us know what you think here

ALL THINGS FOOTBALL 

Spanish defender Gerard Piqué has found his
success outside of football, creating video games. The entrepreneur has 30
programmers working for his brand ‘Kerad Games’, and promotes his
Iphone/Android game Golden Manager through his social media accounts.

“It’s about fútbol. It’s about being the coach, about
being the president of a club,” said Piqué. “You can sign new
players. It’s all about real players, like myself … Lionel Messi or Cristiano
Ronaldo, the biggest stars in Europe.” (CNBC)

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QPR striker Eduardo Vargas is set to miss six weeks of
football due to a knee ligament injury. His loss will greatly affect the side
who currently sit second from the bottom of the English Premier League table. (BBC)

An amazing story of persistence and courage describes James
Buckley’s second chance at a professional football career. This time as a coach
for England’s homeless world cup team. (Telegraph)

Copa Italia Semifinal! (DERBY)

Napoli
vs Lazio Thursday 9 April, 4:45am- Sky Sports

Russian Derby 

CSKA
Moscow v FC Dinamo Moscow 9 April, 3:30 am (Stream)

Cyprus
Cup Final Stage: (DERBY ) 


APOEL Nicosia V Omonia Nicosia 10 April 11am Stream

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By ARI
CHARILAOU

Ari Charilaou