A look at round one of the A-League.
THEY SAID IT - "I don't know how that's intentional when it deflects off a guy from one yard away at that speed." Mariners coach Alen Stajcic talks about the controversial penalty that was awarded against his side.
MAN OF THE ROUND - Wanderers captain Mitch Duke. He scored two goals in the 2-1 win over the Mariners and was a constant threat against his old club with his direct running.
STAT ATTACK - Central Coast Mariners have won only one of their last 25 A-League games played away from home (D5, L19).
TALKING POINT - The video assistant referee (VAR). It seems like it got most (if not all) of the decisions right over the weekend. But the time it took to get to the decisions (and actually call for the review in the first place) is under the spotlight. Sometimes, play continued for two or three minutes before an incident was reviewed.
BEAT THAT - How good was that celebration from Melbourne Victory's Elvis Kamsoba? The Burundian winger looked to have broken through for his maiden league goal but was ruled offside by the VAR. It was a shame because the call wasted a superb goal celebration by Kamsoba, who went backflipping towards the corner flag and stuck the landing with a flourish that would've done an Olympic gymnast proud.
UNDER PRESSURE - It's early days, but Wellington Phoenix were listless and non-threatening for much of Sunday's loss to newcomers Western United.
INJURIES - Tarek Erich - Wanderers (hamstring)
WHAT'S NEXT - Melbourne Victory kick off round two at home to Western Sydney on Friday night. Expansion club Western United host Perth Glory in their first-ever home game, while the Mariners take on the Jets. Melbourne City face off against Adelaide, while Sydney host Wellington in the final match of the round.
The top five most Tweeted moments
1 Roy O'Donovan (BRI) scores in extra time to draw the match #PERvBRI
SCENES! O’Donovan scores in the 95th minute but seems to be offside. VAR pending. #PERvBRI— The Football Sack (@TheFootballSack) October 13, 2019
2 After a VAR review in WSW's favour, Mitchell Duke (WSW) converts the penalty to take the lead for his team 2-1. #WSWvCCM
#WSWvCCM Duke scores from the penalty spot. Western Sydney Wanderers 2 Central Coast Mariners 1— Summer Sports Ball (@crowdiegal) October 12, 2019
VAR gets the call correct, penalty all day. #WSWvCCM— The Far Post Perth (@Farpostperth) October 12, 2019
3 Elvis Kamsoba (VIC) scores but the goal is disallowed after a VAR review. #MelbDerby
Elvis Kamsoba has first Victory goal ruled out by the VAR#MelbDerby— Athos Sirianos (@AthosSirianos) October 12, 2019
Ohhhh man. So funny that it happened to Victory. But I feel for Kamsoba. Great effort there, and great celebration. #MelbDerby— Cate. (@qldcate) October 12, 2019
4 Adam Le Fondre (SYD) scores the first goal of the match and the season after converting a penalty #ADLvSYD
And there's the first goal of the season.— William Caldwell (@Will_Caldwell10) October 11, 2019
Le Fondre with the opener.#ADLvSYD
Kids should be taking notes on penalties from Adam Le Fondre. Blokes absolutely lethal from the spot. #ADLvSYD— Jon (@Jon_T1996) October 11, 2019
5 Ryan Strain (ADL) is shown a red card and Adelaide goes down to 10 men #ADLvSYD
Yeah, that was a pretty good start to the season. Doesn’t matter what country or league that was in, you can’t argue with five goals, a red card and a disallowed goal (well, you can argue with that decision. But a good game nonetheless) #ADLvSYD— Gary Andrews (@gafootbl) October 11, 2019
Absolutely not a red card. Absolutely joke of a ruling. #ADLvSYD— john Smith (@lvandle) October 11, 2019
Why didn’t VAR check the red card? #ADLvSYD— ValBoy (@valboyy) October 11, 2019
Red Card was super soft, but that’s the game I suppose. #ADLvSYD— Sean Wayne Brooks (@seanbro68) October 11, 2019