Of course, COVID-19 also had to have the last word in 2020 when the devices were put in sawdust

Western United and Adelaide United didn’t disappoint the purists in the A-League prequel in unusually cool, dry conditions at 14 ° C, but the moneyers – the strikers – stayed calm

Adelaide United’s Ben Halloran scored the first goal of the new season in 67 Minute next, but his angled left-footed shot was skilfully scooped off goal by the legs of stopper Aaron Calver

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A 0-0 draw was fitting for a duel that required faster ball movement as new Reds striker Tomi Juric said not much has changed since leaving Australia in 2015 before he left returned this year

“It feels the same as in the A-League and maybe the quality is just a little bit better,” said Juric

“It’s nice to see that the teams want to play football Hopefully the improvements will continue””

Shortly before kick-off, he published his slogan “Poi bo” on social media, which has now become his trademark

The reigning Italian, who won the Johnny Warren Medal, suggested in his own words that “poi bo” means “living life with passion”

The 37-year-old played with an inexperienced midfield from the Reds who struggled to keep up with his quick wits

Despite aging legs, the crowd’s game schedule was put to the test when Diamanti began exploiting space and sought to involve the Western United runner

Diamanti, who is in 39 Minute, the palms of the new Reds glove maker James Delianov pricked, warned of the former western steward as the home team moved under the Italian’s influential repertoire

Former Melbourne City striker Yaya Dukuly, who was born in Guinea to Liberian parents before moving to Australia as a one-year-old in 2004, made his A-League debut and Noah Smith made his starting debut for the Reds

Dukuly started brightly, making the defense of Westerns think long and hard about which his preferred foot was

But it was Western United’s Spanish signing Victor Sanchez who sparked much of the first-round hype on his A-League debut

The former Barcelona and Espanyol midfielder lit up Western with great defensive work that saved his club from a shot on goal as he expertly predicted where Ryan Strain would put the ball once it got inside the box in the eighth minute

That block kick sparked Western after Adelaide dominated the opening verse, but wasn’t rewarded when Juric – who returned to the Reds after a seven-year absence – was isolated

However, a long ball from Jordan Elsey against Juric could have been the strikers’ first goal since Adelaide scored two goals for Adelaide in 2013

His chip behind goalkeeper Filip Kurto had in the 36 Minute not enough strength to cross the line

Former Cumberland United striker Ayom Majok, an orphan from South Sudan, made his debut for top A-League scorer Besart Berisha at the hour when Western boss Mark Rudan was looking for a game breaker

Nicolas Milanovic also made his debut from the bank for westerns and also produced a box of tricks

The lack of consistent pre-season friendlies against high profile opponents due to the pandemic and its impact on travel and finances could mean both clubs are still a long way from peaking

The pace of the clash was pedestrian at times and not what A-League fans were used to – at least in the last season from both clubs

With Western waiting three weeks before the next clash, Rudan could be the most concerned as Veart’s men return to the Hindmarsh pitch against Melbourne City on Sunday

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