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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 January 2016
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2016 SPORT Australia Day blockbuster at Etihad GEORGE STOGIANNOU The comings and goings during the A-League's January transfer window continued during the week, with much of the attention focusing on major moves in and out of the bottom-placed Central Coast Mariners. In comes former Liverpool and Spanish international forward Luis Garcia, and out goes talented midfielder Anthony Caceras, who was bought by Manchester City and then promptly loaned out to Melbourne City, thus circumventing the FFA regulations preventing one ALeague club selling a player to another A-League club. In other A-League news, Wellington Phoenix and the FFA are reportedly close to signing a licence extension deal, which will keep the NZ club in the A-League for at least another four years. Syd- ney City FC has welcomed the reports as it means that plans to start up a third Sydney team must stay on hold if the Wellington deal goes through. There's congestion building at the top of the ladder ahead of Rd 16 with just four points separating the top five teams. The round’s action began last night in Brisbane, with the Roar seeking to make up for last weekend's loss to Victory by hosting an in-form Adelaide United. The rest of the Rd 16 kicks off this evening in Gosford. Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers, Sat 23 Jan, 7.30 pm Central Coast Stadium On paper this fixture appears the most one-sided of the round as bottom side Mariners hosts the second-placed Wanderers. Interest in this match has increased dramatically with the sudden arrival of Mariner's new signing, 37-yearold ex Liverpool forward Luis Garcia, on the eve of the game. Garcia may prove a huge boost to the Mariners forward stocks, but it's in de- Page 26 Northcote City signs young central defender from Panachaiki Page 27 Promising junior footballer continues to learn from the best DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Ex Liverpool star set to make A-League debut for Mariners fence where the Mariners have problems. The Wanderers were unfortunate to lose the Sydney derby last week, and with two losses on the trot, they will be eager to spoil Garcia's welcoming party. Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory, Sun 24 Jan, 5.00 pm Hunter Stadium Both these teams have struggled this campaign and will fancy a win in this game. The Jets will be looking to follow up on the first win in almost two months when it defeated the Phoenix last week. It will have to get past a dogged Perth Glory side, which held on for a point against the free scoring Melbourne City, despite playing with just 10 men in the last 20 minutes. In the Glory's favor is its impressive recent head to head record against the Jets, where it has won six of the last seven encounters. Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix, Mon 25 Jan, 7.30 pm, AAMI Park These two meet for the first time this season. Despite stuttering in recent weeks, Luis Garcia lands at Central Coast Stadium. City remains warm favourite to return to its winning ways against a Phoenix side which struggles on the road, winning just once in Oz all season. An impressive City attack will be bolstered further by the on-loan signing of creative midfielder Anthony Caceras, and it should have too many options up front for a Phoenix outfit struggling for form and points. Forward Roy Krishna could be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Melbourne Victory v Sydney City, 26 Jan, 7.30 pm Etihad Stadium Two high-flying sides with a fierce rivalry face off in what promises to be an Australia Day blockbuster. Both sides are coming off good results last week, with the Sky Blues continuing to have the wood over its great local rival WSW, in a game which high- PHOTO: WWW.DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU lighted its counter-attacking strength. It will have to be at its disciplined best to repeat that result away to a Melbourne team which has the edge over it in recent encounters, including last year's grand final. With an impressive win over league leader Brisbane last week, and Archie Thompson's progress to full match fitness, Victory will be confident it has the firepower to defeat Graham Arnold's men. Another Kyrgios controversy Rio Olympics: Olyroos miss A wardrobe malfunction wasn’t enough to distract the 29th seed from securing his place in the next round of the Australian Open Despite the slight hiccup of a wardrobe malfunction midmatch, Kyrgios managed to secure his place in the third round of the Australian Open over Pablo Cuevas. The 20-year-old beat his Uruguayan opponent, ranked 41st, in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) at Hisense Arena. During the match, Kyrgios asked the umpire if he could change his shorts, claiming that the pockets were not deep enough to hold balls while serving. It was when he returned that the real magic happened, managing to break Cuevas' serve four times and smashing 50 winners. Kyrgios was due to play Czech Tomas Berdych, currently ranked sixth, last night. Earlier this week Nick Kyrgios was slapped with the second largest fine of the Australian Open to date. He was hit with a $US3,000 ($A4,380) fine on Monday for audible obscenity during his straightsets win against the Spaniard Pablo Correno Busta. Source: 9news.com.au Nick Kyrgios celebrates after defeating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in their second round match at the Australian Open on Wednesday. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/ RICK RYCROFT. out on qualification The Olyroos' hopes of qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics later this year have ended in heartbreak after they could only draw 0-0 with Jordan in Qatar. Aurelio Vidmar's side needed a win to advance to the knock-out stages of the Asian under-23 championships, which is doubling up as an Olympic qualifying competition. It was denied the most dramatic of victories in the final minute when Jamie Maclaren's lobbed effort beat Jordanian goalkeeper Noureddin Ateyah but clipped the crossbar. No Rio ... Olyroo Mustafa Amini takes on the defence of Jordan’s Mahmoud Almardi.
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