Western United traded with Adelaide United, but the 2020/21 A-League season opener remained bogged down with a captivating 0-0 draw at Geelong

The Reds strikers Tomi Juric and Ben Halloran got the closest to the stalemate, watching their shots fall from the goal line while the returning Green and Black captain Alessandro Diamanti took the GMHBA stadium’s returning believers enthusiastic and once again proved to be the home team dangerous man

Five Adelaide players started for the club for the first time and six of the XI starters were 23 years or younger, but Carl Veart’s newly assembled squad controlled the opening half, with 17-year-old Yaya Dukuly for his hometown team impressed while Socceroo’s ace Juric was turned down by Tomoki Imai’s last breath

Mark Rudan had a better-known line-up of eight players that started in the 2020 semi-finals four months ago, but Western United was only able in moments with Talisman captain Diamanti, who combined well with ex-Barcelona midfielder Victor Sanchez, flash and speed demon Dylan Pierias, who causes problems on the right side of the home team all evening

After a hectic opening in the 45 Minute, the second half started more cautiously, but the seats opened as the players tired and Halloran’s low strike forced Western United’s Aaron Calver to take another shot on goal while Red’s keeper James Delianov’s Connor Pain was flawlessly foiled against his former club after he left the Victorian outfit a month ago

This competition was not a competition without flashpoints Nine yellow cards were dealt in a high-intensity battle in the end, both teams were determined not to lose an encounter, scoring 13 goals from their two encounters last season, but neither could find a winner on the opening night

With Daryl Braithwaite, who scored classic hits before kick-off, the 16 A-League football’s serve a great feel as youthful debutant Dukuly showed his talent on the Reds right wing with a quick turn gun shot straight at goalkeeper Filip Kurto

Adelaide made up the quickest when captain Michael Jakobsen’s volley sailed over the crossbar and Ryan Strain missed by a long distance before the hosts fired a warning shot as the angled drive from speedster Pieria’s ex-Western United tested glove maker Delianov

Calver’s header left Delianov in the 21 Minute again, but the chemistry of the away team continued to grow Juric created the most threatening moment of the first half, lifting the ball over an onrushing kurto after Jordan Elsey’s pass to see his attempt. Japanese defender Imai cleared the goal line

Diamanti came to life five minutes before the break, slamming Delianov’s outstretched hands into a half volley at close range. A breathless first 45 minutes of end-to-end action and the occasional dusty roll rolled into a more measured second half, with Juric aiming again, but pulling his 25-yard shot far after 51 minutes

An ineffective Besart Berisha was replaced on the hour with Western United debutant 17-year-old Ayom Majok as tired legs got heavier, but the game came back to life when Ben Halloran’s 12-yard targeted shot cleared was gone from Calver before Connor Pain broke free and forced Delianov to retire his attempt at 69 Fend off minute

Both teams had their moments in a lively 10 minute final Substitute Reds Mohamed Toure nearly struggled through a congested penalty area when the clock slipped while Diamanti’s last deflected attempt was thrown away by lurking substitute Ivan Vujica as Western United had to start their second season on part of the points
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A line was drawn as part of a 2019/20 A-League marathon season and for the first time 12 teams are preparing to write a new chapter in history

Three hundred and twenty-four days separated the 2019/20 season opener from Sydney FC, who were crowned 2020 A-League champions F.

Stefan Zinni has signed a two-month replacement contract for short-term injuries instead of Sebastian Pasquali

“Zinni joined the squad for most of the preseason and has fitted in seamlessly and signed a short-term contract,” said Ante Kovacevic, general manager Football

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Adelaide United are pleased to announce that Yared Abetew has been added to the Reds squad ahead of the 2020-21 A-League season

Abetew, who joined the club’s youth team from Croydon Kings, made his senior debut last season when he faced Melbourne City in the second round

A line was drawn as part of a 2019/20 A-League marathon season and for the first time 12 teams are preparing to write a new chapter in history

Three hundred and twenty-four days separated the 2019/20 season opener from Sydney FC, who were crowned 2020 A-League champions F.

Stefan Zinni has signed a two-month replacement contract for short-term injuries instead of Sebastian Pasquali

“Zinni joined the squad for most of the preseason and has fitted in seamlessly and signed a short-term contract,” said Ante Kovacevic, general manager Football

“Tin

Adelaide United are pleased to announce that Yared Abetew has been added to the Reds squad ahead of the 2020-21 A-League season

Abetew, who joined the club’s youth team from Croydon Kings, made his senior debut last season when he faced Melbourne City in the second round

Western United FC versus Adelaide United

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

K5 p.m. (local) (7:05 p.m. (AE) Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown

Fourth officer: Jonathan Barreiro

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Italian ace Alessandro Diamanti and Western United were one of the main stories of last season, and the sophomore club opened the curtain on the 2020-21 A-League with a clash against Adelaide United in Geelong

The extravagant playmaker Diamanti illuminated the competition as

Adelaide United

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