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Football: FC Seoul leapfrog Mariners in ACL group

FC Seoul leapfrogged Central Coast Mariners to the top of Group F through an own goal in stoppage time in their AFC Champions League match on Wednesday. Last season's ACL runners-up looked headed for a scoreless draw in Gosford until Mariners skipper John Hutchinson put Cha Du-Ri's cross past his goalkeeper Liam Reddy. It was a deserved win for the South Koreans, who dominated the second half after the home side had failed to convert their first-half chances.

Football: Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new stars

The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup. The gifted Kewell, 35, made an emotional farewell on Saturday in front of 10,000 fans at Melbourne Heart's final game of the season, ending a career which also took him to Leeds, Liverpool and Turkish side Galatasaray.

Football: Victory stun ACL champions Guangzhou

Australia's Melbourne Victory stunned defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0 in Melbourne on Tuesday to stay in contention for the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League. The Socceroos' Mark Milligan scored in the second minute and James Troisi in stoppage time, meaning the Chinese Super League champions must wait until next week's final match of Group G before they know whether they will advance.

Football: Del Piero sets up Sydney win to reach play-offs

Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero laid on both goals as Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 2-1 to clinch a play-off spot in Australia's A-League on Sunday. Del Piero, who may be playing in his last season with the Sydneysiders, provided the assists for both goals to Terry Antonis and Richard Garcia. Garcia's stoppage-time winner after being put into the clear by Del Piero's defence-splitting pass lifted the Sky Blues to fifth spot and a knockout match against Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Good Friday.

Football: Del Piero sets up Sydney win to reach play-offs

Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero laid on both goals as Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 2-1 to clinch a play-off spot in Australia's A-League on Sunday. Del Piero, who may be playing in his last season with the Sydneysiders, provided the assists for both goals to Terry Antonis and Richard Garcia. Garcia's stoppage-time winner after being put into the clear by Del Piero's defence-splitting pass lifted the Sky Blues to fifth spot and a knockout match against Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Good Friday.

Football: Australian A-League results

Result of an Australian A-League match played on Sunday: Sydney FC 2 (Antonis 38, Garcia 90+3) Perth Glory 1 (Griffiths 45+1) Saturday: Wellington Phoenix 1 (Brockie 90+3) Melbourne Victory 4 (Thompson 1, Troisi 29, Finkler 45, Milligan 58-pen) Melbourne Heart 2 (Engelaar 34, Hoffman 72) Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Topor-Stanley 27, Santalab 81, Hersi 86) Brisbane Roar 0 Central Coast Mariners 2 (Fitzgerald 22, Caceres 28) Friday: Newcastle Jets 2 (Griffiths 21, Taggart 90) Adelaide United 0

Football: Australian A-League results

Results of Australian A-League matches played on Saturday: Wellington Phoenix 1 (Brockie 90+3) Melbourne Victory 4 (Thompson 1, Troisi 29, Finkler 45, Milligan 58-pen) Melbourne Heart 2 (Engelaar 34, Hoffman 72) Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Topor-Stanley 27, Santalab 81, Hersi 86) Brisbane Roar 0 Central Coast Mariners 2 (Fitzgerald 22, Caceres 28) Friday Newcastle Jets 2 (Griffiths 21, Taggart 90) Adelaide United 0 afp

Football: FFA dismiss Abbas racial abuse claims

Football Federation Australia on Thursday dismissed allegations by former Iraqi international Ali Abbas that he was racially abused during an A-League match. The FFA said there was a lack of evidence to discipline Western Sydney's Brendon Santalab, who Sydney FC's Abbas alleged had insulted his race, culture and religion during a match on March 8. Abbas may have misheard Santalab, the FFA's disciplinary committee said. It reached the decision following two lengthy hearings involving both players.

Football: FFA dismiss Abbas racial abuse claims

Football Federation Australia on Thursday dismissed allegations by former Iraqi international Ali Abbas that he was racially abused during an A-League match. The FFA said there was a lack of evidence to discipline Western Sydney's Brendon Santalab, who Sydney FC's Abbas alleged had insulted his race, culture and religion during a match on March 8. Abbas may have misheard Santalab, the FFA's disciplinary committee said. It reached the decision following two lengthy hearings involving both players.

Football: FFA dismiss Abbas racial abuse claims

Football Federation Australia on Thursday dismissed allegations by former Iraqi international Ali Abbas that he was racially abused during an A-League match. The FFA said there was a lack of evidence to discipline Western Sydney's Brendon Santalab, who Sydney FC's Abbas alleged had insulted his race, culture and religion during a match on March 8. Abbas may have misheard Santalab, the FFA's disciplinary committee said. It reached the decision following two lengthy hearings involving both players.
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