Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup -Kosta Barbarouses

Kosta Barbarouses (Victory) – The winger started in NZ’s opening loss to Russia but came off the bench in their final group games against Mexico and Portugal. Showed some impressive moments but not as his electric best in Russia.

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New Zealand beaten in Confederations Cup

New Zealand were beaten 2-0 by Russia in their Confederations Cup opener.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Chris Myson
Russia cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over New Zealand as the hosts made a confident start to the Confederations Cup.

Hyundai A-League stars Andrew Durante, Marco Rojas, Michael McGlinchey and Kosta Barbarouses all started for the All Whites.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression.

Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression. Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

 

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Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men -Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand)

Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand) – Has moved on from Phoenix since the end of the season but a strong campaign with the ‘Nix earned Barbarouses his spot in Anthony Hudson’s squad.

 

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Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix’s slim finals hopes remain alive following a comprehensive 5-0 win over Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium on Sunday night.

An understrength Phoenix outfit netted twice in the first half through Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler before a Matthew Ridenton strike, an own goal from Jason Hoffman and a goal to Roly Bonevacia sealed a huge win for the hosts.

Phoenix goal.

After an open start to the contest, Wellington took control of the contest with two goals in 13 minutes giving Des Buckingham’s side a comfortable lead at the interval.

The hosts continued to dominate after the break and all but sealed the result just three minutes into the second stanza  with substitute Matthew Ridenton grabbing Phoenix’s third goal.

A horror own-goal from Jets defender Jason Hoffman midway through the half made it worse for the visitors before Roly Bonevacia capped off a fine display with a well-taken strike in the dying minutes.

 

GOALS

1-0 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 24’

The Kiwi found space down the right flank and drove towards goal, turning Jets defender Lachlan Jackson inside out before firing a powerful strike into the bottom corner.

2-0 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler, 37’

Barbarouses was afforded too much space on the left with the winger delivering an inviting cross into the box which found Finkler who buried a clinical header.

3-0 Wellington Phoenix: Matthew Ridenton, 49’

Newcastle failed to clear following a Phoenix corner with Ridenton pouncing on the loose ball to fire a thumping strike into the back of the net.

4-0 Wellington Phoenix: Jason Hoffman (OG), 66’

Phoenix striker Hamish Watson fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal with Hoffman inadvertently sticking a leg out to deflect the ball into his own net.

5-0 Wellington Phoenix: Roly Bonevacia, 86’

The midfielder received the ball just inside the area and fired a low drive towards goal which took a slight deflection before nestling into the bottom corner.

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Wellington Phoenix 3 -3 Perth Glory-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory have shared the spoils following an exhilarating 3-3 draw at Auckland’s QBE Stadium on Saturday night. Keen to avoid a season sweep in the Distance Derby, the Phoenix got off to a rollicking start with Kosta Barbarouses having an early shot smothered on the goal line. Glory also showed their intent to attack from the off but it was the home side who broke the deadlock through the returning Gui Finkler, with the Brazilian dedicating the goal to his new baby girl. The Phoenix doubled their advantage when Roy Krishna calmly slotted his 11th goal of the campaign but Glory pulled a goal back following a delightful piece of individual skill from their frontman Andy Keogh. Wellington looked to be headed for back-to-back wins when Barbarouses bent the ball into the back of the net early in the second stanza. However Glory fought back with a fine finish from Adam Taggart and a sublime free kick from Diego Castro to set up a grandstand finish with ten minutes to play. Both sides had chances to net a late winner as play went from end to end in a heart-stopping finale but in the end both sides had to settle for a draw, which on balance was a fair result.

GOALS 1-0 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler, 10’ The Brazilian cracked a shot from an acute angle after being played into space, which took a deflection off Joe Mills giving Liam Reddy no chance before it rippled the back of the net. 2-0 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 25’ A long ball from Matthew Ridenton found the run of Shane Smeltz, who was able to hold the ball up before finding his Fijian strike partner. Krishna weaved his way around Rhys William before shooting low and hard inside the far post. 2-1 Perth Glory: Andy Keogh, 34’ Dino Djulbic picked out the run of the Irishman with a long pass, who was able to chest the ball down on the run, taking him past a couple of defenders, before firing past Glen Moss. 3-1 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 46’ Some swift ball movement from the Nix following a turnover teed up the All Whites international on the edge of the box and he bent a beautiful left footed shot inside the far post. 3-2 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 67’ The Glory striker got on the end of a cross from Josh Risdon, with Moss making a great save to keep out the header but Taggart was quickest to react to the second ball and was able lash it home. 3-3 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 80’ Glory’s marquee man lined up a free-kick on the edge of the box and proceeded to hit it perfectly over the head of Moss and inside the far top corner to draw his side level. INJURY WARD Glory defender Joe Mills had to be replaced midway through the first half with a hamstring injury, with Marc Warren coming on for his first appearance since Round 12. Re-live the match on Twitter @ALeague, @WgtnPhoenixFC, @PerthGloryFC, #WELvPER

 

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Wellington Phoenix 1-5 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City have returned to the winner’s list after notching an emphatic 5-1 result against the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite the four goal margin it was Wellington that dominated the early running as they looked to snap a four-game winless run.

However the home side were architects of their own downfall after missing a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot before conceding an own-goal shortly after.

Goals from Bruno Fornaroli and Anthony Caceres saw the visitors out to a three goal lead before Kosta Barbarouses pulled one back with 20 minutes remaining to spark hopes of a revival.

Instead City were able to extend their advantage through Neil Kilkenny and Nicolas Colazo to complete a season sweep of the Phoenix.

The result sees City momentarily into third ahead of Roar’s clash against Perth at nib Stadium, while Wellington’s finals ambitions are in tatters following the crushing home defeat.

There was a lovely moment at Westpac Stadium in the tenth minute when the home fans produced a minute’s applause to mark the recent passing of legendary All White No.10 Steve Sumner.

Nick Fitzgerald

GOALS

0-1 Melbourne City: Ryan Lowry (OG), 20’

Nick Fitzgerald beat the off-side trap down the right wing and weaved his way towards goal with his cut-back taking a deflection off Lowry at the front post giving Glen Moss no chance to make the save.

0-2 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 29’

City were gifted a free-kick on the edge of the box when Moss handled the ball outside his area. Brattan’s delivery was mishit by Muscat but fell kindly to Fornaroli, who volleyed it home at the back post.

0-3 Melbourne City: Anthony Caceres, 59’

Josh Rose made an overlapping run down the left wing before squaring the ball across the face of goal which fell to Caceres at the back post, who blasted it past Moss from close range.

1-3 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 70’

The All Whites international did it all himself, with his mazy run into the box taking him past a couple of would-be defenders before he drilled the ball low past Thomas Sorenson.

1-4 Melbourne City: Neil Kilkenny, 82’

The City midfielder won possession and chipped into a dangerous area, before collecting Wellington’s attempted clearance, dancing past Adam Parkhouse and slotting past Moss.

1-5 Melbourne City: Nicolas Colazo, 87’

Nick Fitzgerald attracted a number of defenders on another City foray forward before picking out the run of Colazo, who fired past Moss with a strong left-footed finish.

KEY MOMENT

City were given a let off on the quarter-hour mark when Barbarouses missed a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. The All Whites striker earned the spot-kick when he was tripped by former Phoenix defender Manny Muscat in the box, but he blazed his effort into the crossbar.

INJURY WARD

Osama Malik was fortunate to remain on the pitch at the start of the second-half after he upended Krishna with a dangerous tackle. The Phoenix striker continued but had to be substituted ten minutes later, with Shane Smeltz coming on in his place.

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Newcastle Jets 2 x 2 Wellington Phoenix -Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

 

Newcastle Jets have come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Wellington Phoenix in an entertaining Boxing Day clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.

An end-to-end first half went Phoenix’s way as Kosta Barbarouses scored his first goal of the season to send the visitors to the break leading 1-0.

The Jets equalised within three minutes of the resumption through Andrew Hoole only for Wellington to retake the lead almost immediately via Gui Finkler.

 

But a stunning solo run and strike from Andrew Nabbout just after the hour mark drew the Jets level again, with the sides forced to share the spoils.

GOALS

0-1 Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses 35’

Roy Krishna found Barbarouses inside the box, with the winger turning one defender before dribbling past another and slotting it wide of keeper Jack Duncan.

1-1 Jets: Andrew Hoole 48’

Excellent work from Morten Nordstrand down the right to beat his man and find Hoole in the box, and he dispatched the cross with a sweetly-timed low shot into the far corner.

1-2 Phoenix: Gui Finkler 50’

Krishna was again involved, found in acres of space down the right before picking out an unmarked Finkler just a few yards from goal for a simple tap in.

2-2 Jets: Andrew Nabbout 62’

From a throw-in Nabbout was given too much space to run at Andrew Nabbout, turning the defender inside and out before producing a clinical finish, curling it around Glen Moss and in off the far post.

OPTA DATA

*Newcastle had the better of the chances, having 18 shots at goal to Wellington’s 12.

*The draw means Wellington is now unbeaten in their last five away games against New South Wales opposition.

 

KEY MOMENT

Glen Moss’ superb save at full-stretch to keep out Andrew Hoole’s goal-bound effort midway through the second half preserved a point for the visitors.

CROWD

8451 @ McDonald Jones Stadium

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