Perth Glory missed out on the chance to draw level with Melbourne City in the A-League ladder as their club-record six-match winning run ended in a goalless draw at AAMI Park.

The visitors had a perfect record throughout December and January but could not find a way through in Saturday's clash with City, who remain two points better off in second place.

Goals were expected in Melbourne, but it proved to be a tense affair, with City marksman Jamie MacLaren and visiting skipper Diego Castro wasting good first-half opportunities.

City dodged a bullet just before the hour as Joshua Brillante brought down Bruno Fornaroli in the box, but the initial decision to award a penalty was overruled by VAR for an offside infringement.

Erick Mombaerts' men survived another scare when a corner deflected off Curtis Good and onto the post, though there was no breakthrough goal as both teams failed to make a dent in the lead held by pacesetters Sydney FC, who are 10 points clear following Friday's win over Melbourne Victory.

In Saturday's other A-League fixture, Brisbane Roar found a way through five minutes from the end to snatch a 1-0 victory at Central Coast Mariners that lifts them up to sixth.

Mariners midfielder Daniel De Silva sent a header against the post with an hour played and Jordan Murray was denied by an impressive Jamie Young save 10 minutes later.

But the visitors came away with all three points - their first back-to-back away wins since March 2018 - as Corey Brown's shot ricocheted off Lewis Miller and crossed the line in the 86th minute.

Melbourne City have signed former Athletic Bilbao forward Markel Susaeta for the remainder of the A-League season.

City announced the transfer on Thursday following Susaeta's brief stint with Japanese giants Gamba Osaka, who the Spaniard joined in September.

Athletic great Susaeta – a one-time Spain international – is a coup for City following his 507 matches for the LaLiga side, where he sits fifth on the all-time appearances list.

Susaeta had planned to see out his career with Athletic but the 32-year-old left the Basque club at the end of the 2018-19 season, going on to play just 165 minutes of football for Gamba.

"I'm excited to be joining Melbourne City for the rest of the season and can't wait to get started in Australia," he said.

"I'm hoping I can help the group play the exciting, attacking football the club prides itself on and achieve the success the group has set out at the start of the season."

City director of football Michael Petrillo added: "We're incredibly pleased to have a player like Markel at Melbourne City.

"Markel is a player that is well suited to the style of game we have implemented under [head coach] Erick [Mombaerts] and a player who will add flair, potency and experience to our front third. 

"We have been tracking Markel for quite some time now so to be able to get him into the squad is testament to the club and its ability to attract a player of Markel's pedigree.

"His outstanding record at Athletic Bilbao speaks for itself and his experience in LaLiga and Europe will lift the whole squad as we look to continue our push towards the latter stages of the season."

City are second in the A-League this season, 11 points behind leaders Sydney FC after 13 matches.

Melbourne City twice hit back to earn a draw at Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Saturday.

Bradden Inman opened the scoring for the hosts after 34 minutes and again put the Queenslanders in front following Craig Noone's leveller.

But Nathaniel Atkinson fired in a wonderful, 20-yard equaliser three minutes into the second half to move Melbourne 11 points behind runaway leaders Sydney FC.

Third-placed Perth Glory registered their fifth successive win with a convincing 3-0 defeat of Adelaide United.

Joel Chianese opened the scoring with a lovely turn and finish after 25 minutes and Bruno Fornaroli doubled the Glory's advantage with a shot that deflected in off visiting skipper Michael Jakobsen.

Substitute Chris Ikonomidis rounded off the scoring by getting the better of Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo and tapping into an empty net midway through the second half.

Wellington Phoenix are fourth with goals from Ulises Davila and Liberato Cacace giving them a 2-0 win over Western Sydney.

Ten-man Melbourne City held on to defeat Western United 3-2 in the A-League at AAMI Park on Friday, surviving a tense finish after conceding two penalties in quick succession.

It was one-way traffic in City's favour in the first half, with the opener coming after just five minutes as Jamie Maclaren stabbed in on the line after Jonathan Aspropotamitis had deflected Florin Berenguer's shot onto the post amid appeals for handball.

A lovely Craig Noone delivery then found Adrian Luna, who volleyed in nine minutes before half-time, and it was three before the break as Filip Kurto charged from his goal and comically missed the ball, gifting Maclaren his second.

But a similarly rash decision from the goalkeeper at the other end kept United in the hunt, Dean Bouzanis bringing down Joshua Cavallo and unable to stop Besart Berisha from the spot after 75 minutes.

And the visitors had another penalty just a minute after the restart as Harrison Delbridge blocked Dylan Pierias' pass with his arm.

The referee consulted the pitch-side monitors following a VAR review and sent Delbridge off, before Alessandro Diamanti scored from 12 yards, but City preserved the points.

The home side had confirmed the match would go ahead just over an hour before kick-off, having monitored the air quality at the stadium, with bushfires raging across Australia, including in Victoria.

The players wore black armbands and observed a minute's applause, while the clubs donated money to the disaster appeal.

A-League leaders Sydney FC played for 65 minutes with 10 men but rallied to beat second-placed Melbourne City 2-1 on Sunday.

Kosta Barbarouses struck late on to extend Sydney's advantage at the summit to nine points, settling a more sedate second half after a gripping first period that featured two goals, a red card and a missed penalty.

That frantic spell was kickstarted by the City opener in the 22nd minute as a short corner from the right saw Craig Noone send a cross towards the back post to Connor Metcalfe, who thundered a header past Andrew Redmayne.

Sydney quickly suffered a second blow when Rhyan Grant was sent off for an awful studs-up challenge into the shins of Nathaniel Atkinson, which was initially punished only with a yellow card before the referee reassessed the incident on the pitchside monitor.

However, the hosts were level following a scramble in the area when Tom Glover failed to deal with a deep free-kick, allowing Adam Le Fondre to finally slam past Harrison Delbridge on the line.

Noone missed a huge chance when through one-on-one at the other end, before Le Fondre was granted the opportunity to double his and Sydney's tally from the penalty spot.

But Glover's right leg blocked a powerful 12-yard drive after Delbridge was punished for halting Milos Ninkovic's tricky run into the City area.

Sydney were subsequently on the back foot for much of the second half, yet Scott Galloway allowed Barbarouses to cut inside and shape a fine left-footed finish into the bottom-left corner with six minutes remaining to secure a ninth straight home league win.

Perth Glory humiliated Newcastle Jets as Melbourne Victory breathed life into their A-League campaign with a much-needed derby triumph on Saturday.

Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC began the triple-header with an entertaining four-goal draw but the majority of the goalmouth action was to be found in a stunning 6-2 result at Perth's HBF Park.

Diego Castro guided home a brilliant free-kick and Neil Kilkenny converted a penalty after Nikolai Topor-Stanley's equaliser to give Tony Popovic's team a slim advantage at the interval, before the visitors began to fall apart.

Joel Chianese struck within a minute of the restart and, though Steven Ugarkovic grabbed one back, that was as good as it got for the Jets.

Bruno Fornaroli hit a 12-minute brace and Castro completed his double seven minutes from the end to cap a dominant display from the resurgent premiers, who would have had a seventh through James Meredith if not Chianese's handball in the build-up.

Ola Toivonen had earlier been Victory's two-goal hero at AAMI Park as his first-half headers consigned second-placed Melbourne City to a 2-1 loss.

Harrison Delbridge halved the deficit from a corner in the 56th minute but Victory held firm to register their third win of the season.

The derby defeat meant City failed to capitalise on Sydney FC's slip-up against Wellington, the leaders fortunate to gain a 2-2 draw at Westpac Stadium after taking a 14th-minute lead through Adam Le Fondre.

Reno Piscopo responded just over 10 minutes later and set up Ulises Davila to give Wellington the lead before half-time.

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay was on course to celebrate victory over his former employers until Steven Taylor diverted a free-kick into his own net, an error compounded by Davila's point-blank miss with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Adrian Luna's first-half brace helped Melbourne City to a 4-0 rout of lowly Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

Erick Mombaerts' men led from the the third minute as they warmed up for next weekend's derby by closing back to within five points of leaders Sydney FC.

Luna prodded City into an early lead when Craig Noone's pass squirmed between two Newcastle defenders.

He had a second before the half-hour mark, the Uruguayan nodding in Joshua Brillante's cross after the Jets failed to clear their lines.

Javier Cabrera hammered a third past Glen Moss in the 47th minute and set up Jamie Maclaren for a straightforward finish 12 minutes later.

Maclaren's goal, his 10th in six appearances, saw the Socceroos striker become the quickest player to reach double figures in an A-League season.

Bruno Fornaroli scored against his old club as Perth Glory snapped a four-match winless streak with a comprehensive 3-0 away victory over Melbourne City on Friday.

Last season's premiers arrived at AAMI Park in last place but turned in a vintage performance against the A-League title contenders.

Fornaroli set the upset in motion in the 27th minute, the ex-City striker nodding past Dean Bouzanis after a deflected Juande shot looped high into the box.

Harrison Delbridge failed to deal with the Uruguayan on that occasion and the centre-back turned Gregory Wuthrich's attempt into his own net moments after the interval.

Erick Mombaerts' men were stunned, and Perth made the points safe 19 minutes from the end when Tomislav Mrcela powered in a header from Neil Kilkenny's cross.

City midfielder Connor Metcalfe later had a goal disallowed for offside as the hosts slumped to a second defeat in three games, while Glory moved temporarily into sixth.

Manchester City's owners have received a $500million cash injection from a United States-based private equity firm.

An agreement has been reached that will see technology investors Silver Lake pay the sum, equivalent to around £390million, to acquire just over 10 per cent of City Football Group (CFG).

The deal values the Abu Dhabi-controlled company at $4.8billion (£3.74billion).

Silver Lake becomes CFG's second major partner, following a Chinese consortium led by China Media Capital that purchased around 12 per cent in December 2015.

According to a statement from CFG, the investment will "fund international business growth opportunities and develop further CFG technology and infrastructure assets".

Group chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "Silver Lake is a global leader in technology investing, and we are delighted by both the validation that their investment in CFG represents, and the opportunities for further growth that their partnership brings.

"We and Silver Lake share the strong belief in the opportunities being presented by the convergence of entertainment, sports and technology and the resulting ability for CFG to generate long-term growth and new revenue streams globally."

CFG purchased Premier League side City in 2008 and has built the club into English football's dominant force.

Manager Pep Guardiola guided an expensively assembled squad to a second successive top-flight title last term, the club's fourth Premier League trophy success in eight seasons.

CFG also owns or has shares in MLS side New York City, A-League club Melbourne City, Girona in Spain, Uruguayan outfit Club Atletico Torque, J.League leaders Yokohama F. Marinos and China League Two team Sichuan Jiuniu.

In-form striker Jamie Maclaren scored in the 92nd minute as Melbourne City snatched a 3-2 win at Western Sydney Wanderers to move four points clear at the A-League summit.

City conceded four second-half goals to lose 4-3 at Brisbane Roar last weekend, but they bounced back to edge a thrilling game at Bankwest Stadium on Friday.

Wanderers could have drawn level on points with their opponents with a victory and they were ahead inside 90 seconds, Kwame Yeboah converting Bruce Kamau's first-time cross - the goal allowed to stand following a VAR check for offside.

Joshua Brillante and Daniel Georgievski came close to scoring for their respective sides in an open game, but it was Maclaren who netted the game's next goal from the penalty spot after Pirmin Schwegler pulled on Denis Genreau's shirt.

The visitors completed the turnaround 17 minutes later when Lachlan Wales squared the ball for Brillante to tap in, only for Yeboah to hammer past Dean Bouzanis to complete his brace after Alexander Meier unselfishly headed the ball into his path.

Late drama followed, however, as Maclaren was given time and space to turn inside the box and rifle home late on to make it nine goals for the season.

Brisbane Roar ended their goal drought in stunning style to deliver boss Robbie Fowler a breakthrough A-League win in a 4-3 triumph over Melbourne City.

Roy O'Donovan converted his second penalty to complete a match-turning hat-trick in the 83rd minute as Brisbane twice recovered from two-goal deficits at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe.

The fit-again Jamie Maclaren had fired City two goals clear in the first half and finished the match with a treble of his own by heading home a cross a mere minute after O'Donovan's first.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway hit back on the hour and then went down under Rostyn Griffiths' challenge, enabling O'Donovan to drag Roar level with 26 minutes remaining.

There was time left for the Irish striker to convert another spot-kick following Denis Genreau's handball, securing head coach Fowler a first win in charge of the Queensland club.

City's collapse leaves the leaders a point above Sydney FC, who earned Big Blue bragging rights with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium.

Adam Le Fondre cancelled out Ola Toivonen's first-half header before Kosta Barbarouses drove the dagger into the club he left at the end of last season.

The new Sydney signing prodded in the winner in the 68th minute to pile the pressure on Victory boss Marco Kurz, who has presided over a solitary win from six games this term.

Melbourne City strengthened their position atop the A-League with a routine 3-1 victory over Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Friday.

Curtis Good and Adrian Luna laid the foundation with goals either side of half-time before Rostyn Griffiths effectively wrapped up a fourth win in five games for the unbeaten leaders.

Substitute Jordan Murray nicked a late consolation for the Mariners but the loss of a clean sheet will have done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the home side, who now have a three-point advantage in first, having played a game more than Western Sydney Wanderers.

The match doubled as a celebration of City's 10-year anniversary and defender Good, who began his professional career with the club, proved a fitting scorer when he headed home the opener in the 17th minute.

Craig Noone clipped the top of the crossbar late in the first half but Erick Mombaerts' men only had to wait until the 59th minute for their second, Luna applying a deft touch to Connor Metcalfe's clever pass.

Central Coast goalkeeper Mark Birighitti denied the forward a second from a free-kick but was unable to prevent midfielder Griffiths from bundling in City's third in the 82nd minute.

Murray's intelligent finish late in normal time ultimately came far too late for the Mariners, who sit seventh after four matches.

Wellington Phoenix were left fuming over a contentious refereeing decision that contributed to their 3-2 defeat to new A-League leaders Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

The visitors trailed by a goal with just under 30 minutes to play when Louis Fenton used his chest to block Denis Genreau's cross.

Match official Ben Abraham pointed to the spot, believing the ball to have ricocheted off the right-back's arm, and a VAR check opted not to intervene after assessing inconclusive replays.

Craig Noone converted the spot-kick amid Fenton's furious protests, which continued in a foul-mouthed post-match interview on live television.

Connor Metcalfe and Scott Galloway had earlier combined to erase Gary Hooper's early opener for Wellington, who grabbed a minor consolation in second-half stoppage time through Ben Waine.

In Sunday’s late match, Central Coast Mariners claimed a shock 2-1 victory over Perth Glory at HBF Park.

Daniel De Silva and Samuel Silvera produced fine first-half finishes either side of Ivan Franjic's determined effort to net Alen Stajcic's men their first win of the A-League season.

The result leaves Glory, last season's champions, five points adrift of first-placed City, who moved ahead of Western Sydney Wanderers on goals scored in the campaign so far.

Central Coast have collected four points from three games to sit sixth.

Jamie Maclaren completed a decisive brace in the 85th minute to lead 10-man Melbourne City to a 2-1 win over Western United on Sunday.

The free-scoring Socceroos striker raced in behind and lashed an unerring finish across Filip Kurto to snatch all three points close to full-time at GMHBA Stadium.

City had looked to be battling for no more than a draw following Harrison Delbridge's dismissal, the defender shown a second yellow in the 64th minute for handling the ball as he lunged in on Besart Berisha in the box.

Berisha converted the resultant penalty but, having opened the scoring in the first half, Maclaren continued his electric form with a third goal in two games this season to inflict a maiden A-League defeat on Mark Rudan's men.

Bruno Fornaroli's first Perth Glory goal earlier helped last season's Premiers to a comfortable 2-1 victory away to Wellington Phoenix.

The Uruguayan stabbed in an 11th-minute opener following Diego Castro's mazy dribble and the pair were involved in constructing the second for Chris Ikonomidis before the break.

Dino Djulbic's foul on debutant Gary Hooper enabled Ulises Davila to grab a consolation from the spot in second-half stoppage time, but Wellington were left at the foot of the table after three defeats from three matches.

Rhyan Grant's first A-League goal in over two years gave Sydney FC a narrow 2-1 victory over an unlucky Wellington Phoenix, who had Liberato Cacace sent off.

Wellington looked the more likely team to snatch a winner after equalising through Ulises Davila in the 69th minute but Socceroos defender Grant dug the Sky Blues out of trouble on Sunday.

The right-back looped in a 77th-minute free-kick delivered by Brandon O'Neill, scorer of Sydney's scrappy first-half opener, to put Steve Corica's men level on six points with Western Sydney Wanderers ahead of next weekend's derby.

Wellington – who were without new signing Gary Hooper – registered 23 shots at Leichhardt Oval but ended the match empty handed and down to 10 men following a VAR review of Cacace's poor challenge on Anthony Caceres.

Earlier, Jamie Maclaren's first-half brace led Melbourne City to a narrow 2-1 win against Adelaide United at AAMI Park.

Riley McGree halved the margin after the hour and later squandered a good opportunity for a second as City clung on for their maiden A-League victory under Erick Mombaerts.

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