Asian champions Wanderers continue winless start to A-League season

AFC Champions League holders Western Sydney Wanderers have continued their alarming slump in form, falling 1-0 to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday to extend their winless start to the A-League season.

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic, right, led his team to the Asian Champions League title in October but the side remain win-less in Australia’s A-League this season. Rob Griffith/AP Photo.
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Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers remain win-less in Australia’s A-League this season after a 1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

The Wanderers are stranded in last place on the standings after in-form Fijian striker Roy Krishna scored the winner from the penalty spot.

While Ante Covic saved Krishna’s initial spot-kick, the Phoenix forward followed up to tuck away his fifth goal of the campaign.

Wellington’s win consolidated a place in the top four, five points above fifth-placed Sydney FC.

Sydney suffered their third straight home loss, to Adelaide United, on Friday.

Adelaide rebounded from two straight losses of their own to win 3-0 through late goals by Bruce Djite, Spaniard Pablo Sanchez and Awer Mabil.

Melbourne Victory snatched a late 1-0 win on Saturday, with Brazilian Gui Finkler’s brilliant late free-kick sinking the Newcastle Jets.

Melbourne City held leaders Perth Glory to a 1-1 draw on Friday, with Richard Garcia’s header cancelling out Aaron Mooy’s opener.

Glory hold a four-point lead over Victory after 12 games.

The A-League continues through the New Year break, with two full rounds in the next nine days before breaking for the Asian Cup in Australia.