Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United have been forced to share the spoils after playing out a lackluster 0-0 draw in miserable conditions at Westpac Stadium on Sunday night.
In a match played in persistent rain and howling winds, both sides struggled to maintain possession in the opening stanza with clear-cut chances at a premium.
— Westpac Stadium (@WestpacStadium) January 1, 2017
But Adelaide should have gone into the break with the advantage after Nikola Mileusnic fired over the bar from close range following neat build up from Sergio Cirio and Tarek Elrich.
The game opened up in the second half with Kosta Barbarouses going close for Wellington just after the restart before Ryan Kitto fired wide for the visitors on the hour mark.
A niggly affair developed as the game progressed with the referee issuing nine yellow cards in total as tensions threatened to boil over on occasions.
Wellington finished with a flurry and forced Eugene Galekovic into a string of crucial saves in stoppage time as both sides walked away with a point.
— Aimee (@xaimeejessica) January 1, 2017
With few chances on offer in shocking conditions, Adelaide flyer Nikola Mileusnic spurned a glorious opportunity to open the scoring in the 27th minute. Tarek Elrich played a lovely ball in behind for Sergio Cirio with the Spaniard expertly cutting the ball back for Mileusnic who fluffed his chance from close range with only Glen Moss to beat.
Adelaide United striker Sergio Guardiola limped off just prior to the interval with what appeared to be a left knee complaint.
44′ | Guardiola looks like he’s unable to continue after earlier sustaining a strong knock. #WELvADL
— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) January 1, 2017
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