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Aug 21, 2014

Soccer-Wanderers expect highly charged clash in Guangzhou

SYDNEY, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers manager Tony Popovic has warned his players to expect another highly-charged Asian Champions League encounter with holders Guangzhou Evergrande in their quarter-final, second leg next week.

Wanderers will travel to China with a slim 1-0 advantage from Wednesday’s first leg, which ended in mayhem when Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi went on the pitch to remonstrate after two of his players were shown red cards in the last few minutes.

Aug 20, 2014

Soccer-Lippi sees red as Guangzhou go down in Western Sydney

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Marcello Lippi exploded in rage after the Asian champions had two players sent off in the dying minutes of their 1-0 first leg loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The World Cup-winning former Italy coach charged on to the pitch to remonstrate with Emirati referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed after midfielder Gao Lin had followed defender Zhang Linpeng in being shown a straight red card.

Aug 20, 2014

Soccer-Guangzhou see red after losing in Western Sydney

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers beat Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 in a first leg of the Asian Champions League quarter-finals which ended in chaos on Wednesday after the Asian champions had two players sent off in the last three minutes.

Guangzhou’s Italy coach Marcello Lippi and his staff charged on to the pitch to remonstrate with Emirati referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed after midfielder Gao Lin had followed defender Zhang Linpeng in being dismissed.

Aug 20, 2014

Charles in charge in Wallabies front row

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Nathan Charles knows his chance to play test rugby for Australia came because of injury to others but has no intention of giving up the Wallabies number two jersey any time soon.

Wallaby number 881 will face world champions New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in his second start for his country at hooker after a solid display in last weekend’s 12-12 draw with the All Blacks in Sydney.

Aug 20, 2014

Rugby-Charles in charge in Wallabies front row

SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Nathan Charles knows his chance to play test rugby for Australia came because of injury to others but has no intention of giving up the Wallabies number two jersey any time soon.

Wallaby number 881 will face world champions New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in his second start for his country at hooker after a solid display in last weekend’s 12-12 draw with the All Blacks in Sydney.

Aug 19, 2014

Guangzhou getting better and better, Lippi warns rivals

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Coach Marcello Lippi has warned Guangzhou Evergrande’s rivals that the Asian champions are peaking as the climax of the season approaches and said winning a fourth Chinese Super League title would be a “spectacular achievement”.

After the loss of a couple of key players, the big-spending Guangdong club have been in less imperious form this season than they were last, when they won their third successive Chinese title and maiden Asian Champions League crown.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-Guangzhou getting better and better, Lippi warns rivals

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Coach Marcello Lippi has warned Guangzhou Evergrande’s rivals that the Asian champions are peaking as the climax of the season approaches and said winning a fourth Chinese Super League title would be a “spectacular achievement”.

After the loss of a couple of key players, the big-spending Guangdong club have been in less imperious form this season than they were last, when they won their third successive Chinese title and maiden Asian Champions League crown.

Aug 19, 2014

No Palace talk for focused Wanderer Popovic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says he has not been contacted about the vacant manager’s job at former club Crystal Palace and is focused on getting his A-League side into the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Popovic, a former captain and assistant coach at Palace, has been linked by media reports to the vacancy at Selhurst Park left by the abrupt departure of Tony Pulis just before the start of the Premier League season.

Aug 19, 2014

Soccer-No Palace talk for focused Wanderer Popovic

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says he has not been contacted about the vacant manager’s job at former club Crystal Palace and is focused on getting his A-League side into the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Popovic, a former captain and assistant coach at Palace, has been linked by media reports to the vacancy at Selhurst Park left by the abrupt departure of Tony Pulis just before the start of the Premier League season.

Aug 19, 2014

Australia unchanged for re-match with New Zealand

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has given a vote of confidence to the players who earned a 12-12 draw with New Zealand last weekend by naming an unchanged side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship return match in Auckland.

McKenzie resisted the temptation to tinker with his side despite the Wallabies not quite hitting their stride in the greasy conditions at a rain-drenched Olympic Stadium last Saturday.

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