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The Matildas make prime time ABC, Socceroos scoring and crucial games ahead in the Asian Champions League12 March 2018 | FT Editor
Asian Champions League
Kashima Antlers v Sydney FC
- It's the game Sydney "dare not lose" - otherwise their Asian Champions League campaign will be practically over when it's really only just begun. They currently sit last in their group on one point after three games. Kashima Antlers are top of the group on seven points.
- In the other game, Melbourne Victory meet Kawasaki Frontale at AAMI Park at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Melbourne Victory are third in their group on two points, while Kawasaki Frontale is one point behind them.
- An interesting story as it doesn't actually refer to anyone in particular saying that Sydney FC has targeted Marco Kurz as their next coach, but does quote Adelaide United's director of football, Ante Kovacevic, stating that Kurz is on a two-year deal. Nonetheless, journo Val Migliaccio has managed to write 13 paragraphs about it. He also mentions that Ersan Gulum is hoping to finish his A-League career with a return to his home town of Melbourne.
- We didn't publish a look at the latest football news yesterday so we'll highlight this column from John Kosmina published on Sunday who says that he's ambivalent about the new ownership of Adelaide United, because it depends on how they approach the club. He gives two examples of foreign owners with a different approach and outcome: the Chinese Ledman Group in the regional city of Newcastle with Newcastle Jets, and the Abu Dhabi-backed City Football Group in Melbourne with Melbourne City. He makes the point that in a smaller city, such as Adelaide, parochialism is key.
Long-term Melbourne Victory employee, Trent Jacobs, originally from Richmond Football Club (Aussie Rules) is to be announced as the new CEO of Melbourne Victory this week.
Diego Castro has been missing from Perth Glory's past two games due to a calf injury but coach Kenny Lowe hopes he'll be available again when next they play on 25 March against Melbourne Victory.
Western Sydney Wanderers
- The three points for Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening saw them leap frog Adelaide United into fifth position. Josep Gombau sees signs of improvement but is not taking anything for granted.
- It's the first time Brendan Hamill has scored a brace and what has he got to show for it? A broken nose! It occurred from a collision with Dylan Fox of Wellington Phoenix towards the end of the game. Hamill is happy he scored two goals and is not concerned about the nose.
- Hamill also says the next two games - both away to the two Melbourne teams - will be 'season-defining' for the Wanderers as they aim to maintain a top six position and perhaps even press for a place in the top four. They have this weekend off in the split round.
Jackson Irvine (pictured) scored for Hull City Tigers; Mile Jedinak played the full 90 for Aston Villa; Tim Cahill came on in the 87th minute in Millwall's 1-0 win; and Tom Rogic scored for Celtic in the Old Firm Derby, which resulted in a 3-2 win to Celtic.
Matildas Pitch Perfect
As we mentioned last week, don't forget Pitch Perfect on the ABC's Australian Story tonight at 8pm on ABC - all about the Matildas.
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