Melbourne City silenced critics in their 5-1 smashing of
Central Coast, after their ability to produce consistent wins was questioned this

City proved that they can win 5-1 at home or away after
finishing back to back games with the same score line in the last two weeks.

Manager John van ’t Schip has his team playing ruthless
football. The class and the professionalism of the Manchester City owned club is
certainly shining through.

City now has a midfield that can cause some problems to
rivals Melbourne Victory. The combination of Aaron Mooy and Harry Novillo
provided constant pressure to Central Coast.

As expected the Central active fans boycotted the game, which made the stadium feel like a ghost town. 

The Frenchman clinched the first with a low driven shot underneath
goalkeeper Izzo.

City’s second goal could be a contender for goal of the
season. Novillo played the ball in to Bruno Fornaroli who let the ball run
through his legs to Erik Paartalu. Paartalu provided a one touch return pass to
Fornaroli who finessed the ball into the bottom right and in off the post. The
goal had Central Coast completely dumbfounded.

Novillo scored a goal in both halves to clinch a brace,
while Stefan Mauk found himself on the scoresheet, following.

Mooy can’t stop finding the back of the net and is one of
the best players in the A-League right now.

The question is whether van’t Schip’s side can keep him when
the January transfer window opens.


Palmeiras has upset Santos, to win the Brazilian Cup

Despite losing the first game 1-0, the White and Green’s
took full advantage of home turf in their second leg, going up 2-0.

Santos striker Ricardo Oliveira kept his team in the game,
scoring a goal to tie the aggregate 2-2. The game went into an intense penalty shootout,
which resulted in a 4-3 win to Palmeiras.

The record crowd of 39,660 at Palmeiras’ Allianz Parque went
into hysteria which also carried onto the streets where thousands of home fans
will be partying well into the night.


The Magpies are sitting in 19th in the Premier League
and are in a very vulnerable and uncomfortable position.

Newcastle has conceded the most goals in the Premier League
(30- equal with Bournemouth) and manager Steve McClaren believes confidence is
at an all-time low.

Nobody is happy at this football club,“ said McClaren.

"All of sudden we have gone three steps forward and
five or six back.”

“People question a lack of character and fight and it
appears that way, but these are young players, this is what they are going

"This experience they have to go through to come
through it – that bit of adversity in a big club in a tough situation and be
stronger when they come out of it.”

Newcastle lost to Crystal Palace 5-1 in their last domestic
match and play inform Liverpool FC who recently defeated Southampton 5-1.

A home win for the Magpies against the Reds could be the
confidence boost the players and the fans need.


South American
football bosses charged

World Cup expanded to
40 teams?

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here) –  

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