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Wellington Phoenix bow out in semifinals

Updated: May 20

The Wellington Phoenix's season has come to a sudden end in the second leg of the A-League semifinals against Melbourne Victory in Wellington.

Despite the enthusiastic crowd behind the Nix it was the Victory side who showed the initiative and eventually won 2-1 after an extra-time goal from Oskar Zawada gave the Phoenix hope.


Scores were equal at halftime, then it was Adama Traore who scored first for Victory in the 82nd minutes.

Zawada put the Nix on equal footing in the 99th minute and into extra time. The goal came through Sam Sutton pushing long to the head of Oskar van Hattum.

Kosta Barbarouses followed after van Hattum’s header and crossed the ball to Zawada and the goal was scored.

Unfortunately for the Phoenix, it was Chris Ikonomidis who scored in the 102nd minute.

The Wellington Phoenix have lost to the Melbourne Victory  in the second leg semifinal at Sky Stadkum
Wellington Phoenix players applaud the crowd at Sky Stadium after their loss. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Even with all-attack in the remaining by the Phoenix they couldn't get the goal they needed. Zawada did come close again but his header was stopped by experienced goal keeper Paul Izzo

Earlier in the game, Nix captain Alex Rufer missed a penalty while Ben Old hit the post from a shot.

The first leg in Melbourne last weekend finished 0-0.


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