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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019 27 SPORT A-league elimination finals preview The first week of the A-League finals are upon us, but the match-ups are not what most were expecting. Two surprising 5-0 results in the final round of the home and away season ensured that the FFA's anticipated Melbourne derby elimination final didn't eventuate. Adelaide United will take on Melbourne City on Sunday 5 May at Coopers Stadium at 7.00 pm The one and only time Adelaide United previously played Melbourne City in an A-League final was in the 2015-16 season. On that occasion they met at Coopers Stadium and the Reds triumphed 4-1 in a semi-final before going on to win the Grand Final against Western Sydney Wanderers. Reds fans will be hoping that history repeats itself this Sunday when the two teams meet again in the second elimination final. Both the Reds and visiting Melbourne City have struggled in the goal scoring department this season. City coach Warren Joyce's well publicised dispute with star striker Bruno Fornaroli deprived the team of its major attacking threat. Fortunately for City, they now appear to have Jamie MacLaren, Shay Harrison and Riley McGree available to give them a number of attacking options. Adelaide United has also struggled for a focal point up front this season, relying heavily on the goals of winger Craig Goodwin. In last week's match, they welcomed back striker Baba Diawara from long-term injury, and who scored off the bench. He may not be fully match fit yet. But in Adelaide's favour going into this match is the home ground advantage, and the momentum of good recent form, which sees them undefeated in their last five games. Apart from their last match when they conceded three goals in a 5-3 win against the Melbourne City play Adelaide United on Sunday. Europe, an enticing prospect for Kosta Barbarouses GEORGE STOGIANNOU Melbourne Victory star Kosta Barbarouses is aiming to help push Victory all the way to a second consecutive grand final as he prepares for what could be his farewell finals at Melbourne Victory. On the eve of Victory's elimination final against Barbarouses' former club, Wellington Phoenix, the 29-year-old New Zealand national indicated that he felt he was ready for a second attempt at playing football in Europe. If he plays an important role in Victory's finals, he could potentially showcase his skills and draw opportunities to play overseas next season while also helping his team to progress. The fleet footed winger has had a successful home and away season, especially as a goal scorer, leading Victory's goal-scoring tally with 14 goals, one ahead of team mate Ola Toivonen and fourth in the league's overall standings. Speaking to AAP on the eve of the finals, Barbarouses said, "Overseas is something that is enticing me at the moment. I can't rule out anything." The match will be broadcast in Greek by our broadcasters Iris Filolli and Zisis Pouros. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Multicultural AFL Football Show NEMBC-3ZZZ Digital on-line live match digital broadcast in Greek from Marvel Stadium Kosta Bararouses hopes to continue his good goal scoring form for Victory into the finals series. He also expressed his feelings regarding fatherhood. "I've got a little one on the way in September. It's not just two people I have to worry about from here on. It's going to be three. Instead of being nervous about it, I'm excited about what my options are going to be and what the end situation is going to look like," he said. "I need to see what Victo- ry can do for me, what I'm worth to them…not saying that in a negative way but that's the way the cap works. I'm confident there's going to be quite a bit of interest with the season I've had. I know my finals performances are probably going to dictate it. I want to finish on a high and then see what happens." Barbarouses previously spent two years playing in Europe in 2011-13, when Russian first division team Alania Vladikaskav signed him for Brisbane Roar. After a season in Russia, he was on a year loan to Greek first division side Panathinaikos before returning to the ALeague in 2013. He signed up with Melbourne Victory for his first stint, where he played under coach Ange Postecoglou. Commentators Iris Filolli and Zisis Pouros will be commentating from Marvel Stadium in the Greek language on Sunday in a live match broadcast on 3ZZZ Digital. The Greek commentary will be focused on the game between the Blues and Kangaroos from Marvel Stadium at 1.10pm. To listen or download, visit the NEMBC website, or on NEMBC Soundcloud. The Multicultural AFL Footy Show is also avail- able in English all around Australia on the Community Radio Network. The AFL News is available in Arabic, Dinka, Hindi, Greek, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish languages. You can view the Multicultural AFL Football TV Show - C31 Melbourne & Geelong on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, C44 Adelaide on Friday at 6:00 pm, or on Aurora–Foxtel at 11:30 am Saturdays and on YouTube. For all enquiries please email: email@example.com Roar, their defence has been particularly strong in recent matches and will be further strengthened by the return of their young player of the year, full back Ryan Strain. Still it won't be easy for the Reds against a Melbourne City team which is expected to bring a strong line-up to Coopers Stadium. City coach Warren Joyce rested a host of players in last week's 5-0 win over the Mariners, including keeper Eugene Galekovic, marquee import Ritchie De Laet, striker Jamie MacLaren and Florin Berengeur. They will all be available for selection on Sunday. As Marco Kurz readily admits, his team isn't the sort that can score goals easily to win matches. Instead it is a team which relies on hard work to produce results. If they can score the first goal and work hard to defend their lead, they may just be able to book themselves a semi-final spot at Melbourne City's expense.
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