Melbourne City confirmed the appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain boss Erick Mombaerts as their head coach on a three-year deal.

Mombaerts, 64, has previously been in charge of the likes of PSG, Toulouse and Le Havre, while his most recent job was at the helm of Yokohama F. Marinos from 2015 to 2018.

The former France Under-21s and Under-18s coach takes over a City side that lost in the Elimination Finals in 2018-19 before the A-League club opted not to renew Warren Joyce's contract.

"I am delighted to join Melbourne City at this exciting time for the club. I am here to achieve two main objectives – to implement a style of play that gives the team a clear identity, and in doing so to win silverware," Mombaerts said in a statement on Thursday.

"Having worked in both Japan and in Manchester with City Football Group, I know the City style of play inside out. It is my challenge now to bring my experience to Melbourne, which has a different set of players and a different football culture, and to apply it so that we can win.

"It is also very important to me that fans can feel proud of how we play, and that they will enjoy the whole experience watching the game.

"We have some fantastic young talent, some exciting new signings and a solid existing squad. My focus now is on our pre-season preparation, together with my coaching team, who provide a fantastic combination of local and international experience. Our hard work begins today."

While several players have departed since the end of last season, City have also signed former Bolton Wanderers winger Craig Noone and Australian full-back Scott Galloway.

Melbourne City have parted ways with head coach Warren Joyce following their elimination from the A-League finals.

Joyce's departure was announced on Wednesday following the conclusion of his two-year contract with the Australian club.

Former Wigan Athletic manager and Manchester United reserve team boss Joyce oversaw Sunday's 1-0 extra-time loss to Adelaide United in the Elimination Final.

"It's been a challenging couple of seasons, but I have great pride in the players and staff for the progress the club has made," Joyce said. 

"I've seen real growth from the playing group and within the football organisation and the continued development of the right kind of culture. I am confident that A-League success is around the corner for the club. I'd like to wish everyone at the club and the fans the best of luck for the future."

City – bankrolled by the City Football Group – turned to Joyce in 2017 following John van 't Schip's resignation in January that year.

During his time in Melbourne, Joyce guided City to third- and fifth-place finishes in the regular season.

"Warren leaves Melbourne City FC having helped the club progress against many of our organisational ambitions, and we are grateful for his dedication and passion for the club's development over the past two years," City chief executive Brad Rose said.

"In particular, under his stewardship a significant number of young players have made the transition to first-team football and many have been recognised with national team selection."

Ben Halloran struck deep into extra time to give Adelaide United a dramatic 1-0 victory over Melbourne City in the second A-League elimination final at Coopers Stadium. 

Adelaide striker Halloran was twice denied by the woodwork before finally beating Eugene Galekovic with a cool 119th-minute finish into the bottom-right corner.

The Reds' first win over City in eight encounters secured a semi-final trip to Premiers' Plate winners Perth Glory on Friday.

In a first half of limited chances, the hosts went closest in the 14th minute when Craig Goodwin released Halloran and the Australia international rattled the crossbar from just outside the area.

Paul Izzo produced a fine save to keep Riley McGree's fierce 30-yard drive from sailing into the top-right corner after the restart and Isaias fired wide from a free-kick before the end of regulation time.

Another stunning stop from Izzo denied Shayon Harrison in the second period of extra time, while Galekovic had the post to thank for sparing his blushes after Halloran's effort from the left of the box squirmed between his legs.

Halloran was not to be denied at his next attempt, though, slotting Papa Baba Diawara's square pass home to avoid a penalty shoot-out and end City's season.

Tottenham youngster Shayon Harrison was the star for Melbourne City as his brace helped inspired a stunning 5-0 A-League win over rock-bottom Central Coast Mariners on Friday to end the regular season.

The Mariners offered precious little and were well-beaten by Warren Joyce's men, who head into the Final Series play-off on a high.

After a drab start, City took the initiative in the 35th minute thanks to a fine solo goal from Harrison.

Picking the ball up the on the right flank, the winger skipped into the box between two defenders, dribbled past another and then placed his effort into the bottom-left corner.

It was 2-0 just before the break, with Scott Jamieson's cross picking out the unmarked Riley McGree, who volleyed home emphatically.

Things were much the same after the interval, with City extending their lead in the 50th minute when Dario Vidosic tapped in Luke Brattan's low cross.

The Mariners were sinking without a trace and Harrison added to their misery with another impressively worked goal, as he picked the ball up on the halfway line, offloaded to Lachlan Wales, then received a return pass into the area and coolly beat Adam Pearce.

Although VAR denied City a penalty, they did go on to add a fifth goal late on, as highly rated 19-year-old Ramy Najjarine rounded off an excellent move with a fine left-footed drive from 18 yards.

Victory moves City on to 40 points level with Wellington Phoenix, who will drop down a place if they lose by two or more goals against Perth Glory on Sunday.

Roy Krishna completed a hat-trick in dramatic circumstances as Wellington Phoenix boosted their top-four hopes with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Melbourne City in the A-League on Sunday.

The in-form striker, who now tops the league's scoring charts with 18, had twice seen goals cancelled out by Riley McGree at Westpac Stadium.

But Krishna delighted the home fans in the fourth minute of injury time when he poked home from a scramble at a corner, taking him to 50 career A-League goals in the process.

City had been frustrated by a series of fine saves from home goalkeeper Filip Kurto and, ahead of the last round of the regular season, Wellington can now overhaul Adelaide United in fourth and seal a home semi in the Final Series.

Kurto had already come to Wellington's aid on a couple of occasions by the time Krishna provided a clever flicked finish on the slide from Max Burgess' throughball in the 27th minute.

McGree levelled with a clever left-footed effort through a sea of bodies after Kurto made a fine double save three minutes before the break, but Krishna broke the record for most goals in a Wellington season with a fierce edge-of-the-box drive early in the second half.

An expertly taken low strike from McGree levelled things up again and City whacked the crossbar through Shayon Harrison's free-kick.

Indeed, the visitors appeared the more likely to score until Krishna's late intervention sealed a big three points for Wellington.

Sydney FC opened the door for Perth Glory to clinch the A-League premiership after drawing with rivals Western Sydney Wanderers.

Second-placed Sydney needed to win the derby to prevent Perth from securing the plate with victory over Newcastle Jets on Sunday, but they were pegged back in a 1-1 draw.

The visitors led inside seven minutes as Alex Brosque slid a pinpoint finish into the bottom-right corner, but the Sydney captain appeared to pick up an injury in scoring and was moving uncomfortably for the remainder of the first half.

Wanderers could have equalised before the break as Mitchell Duke saw a low effort blocked and his follow-up saved by Andrew Redmayne, before Brosque finally departed at half-time.

In their skipper's absence, Sydney could not hold on and Alexander Baumjohann's free-kick deflected off Adam Le Fondre and wrongfooted the goalkeeper.

The unmarked Oriol Riera headed against the post with Wanderers chasing a winner, and Redmayne denied Raul Llorente as Sydney clung to a point that should not deny Perth.

Elsewhere, superb goalkeeping displays from Eugene Galekovic and Paul Izzo saw Melbourne City and Adelaide United share the spoils.

Both City and Adelaide look set to make the Finals, with a remarkable collapse required to fall short now, but each missed the chance to seal their spot on Saturday.

Kearyn Baccus clipped a fine effort against the post after just two minutes and then Izzo expertly repelled Shayon Harrison's drive.

Adelaide ended the first half on top, though, and substitute Nikola Mileusnic - on for the injured Jordy Thomassen - saw a strike deflected against the upright, before Galekovic pulled off a smart double-save.

It was all City following the restart and Izzo tipped a Harrison Delbridge header onto the crossbar and a low Jamie Maclaren shot against the post.

Craig Goodwin almost pinched the points as Galekovic kept out a 20-yard free-kick at full stretch, but Izzo was required once again to divert a low cross away from Riley McGree.

Melbourne City captain Ritchie de Laet and youngster Riley McGree scored wonderful goals in a resounding 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

Warren Joyce's men dominated much of the contest at AAMI Park and, after Florin Berenguer woefully sliced a presentable opening, the French midfielder crossed for Rostyn Griffiths to head the opener.

City are now a point and a place shy of fourth-placed Wellington Phoenix but they were pegged back in comical circumstances in the 54th minute when Harrison Delbridge headed Eric Bautheac's hopeful long ball into his own net.

Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison restored the hosts' advantage five minutes later and right-back De Laet brought the house down by roving into midfield to smash into the top corner from long range.

Substitute McGree arguably bettered his skipper's strike in stoppage time, twisting into space before launching a delicate chip over goalkeeper Jamie Young from a tight angle – compounding a miserable outing for second-bottom Brisbane.

Perth Glory's grip on first place softened after Melbourne Victory ran out 2-0 winners at HBF Park, with Ola Toivonen scoring the 5,000th A-League goal before Keisuke Honda netted a penalty.

Kevin Muscat’s third-placed side, who are still in with a chance of claiming top spot, took the lead after 25 minutes when Toivonen scored with a curling free-kick from 20 yards.

A handball by Scott Neville prompted a VAR consultation before Honda scored his fourth goal from the penalty spot this season, and Victory withstood a strong fightback from the league leaders to claim an impressive win.

Glory are six points clear of Sydney after 23 games, with Victory a further point back.

Meanwhile, at Westpac Stadium, David Williams scored a superb hat-trick as Wellington Phoenix romped to a 4-1 win over Newcastle Jets that left the visitors’ play-off hopes in serious doubt.

In the absence of suspended Wellington striker Roy Krishna, Williams netted his first before many supporters had taken their seats after 29 seconds, but the Jets steadied themselves and were only trailing 1-0 at the break.

A penalty on the hour mark allowed Williams to double his tally and Phoenix’s lead before Roy O'Donovan pulled one back for the visitors.

But Williams scored the pick of the goals with a thunderous strike on 65 minutes and Sarpreet Singh made it 4-1 with a curling finish soon after.

Elsewhere, Western Sydney Wanderers turned their home form around with a 3-0 win over Melbourne City, who are short of their best in recent weeks.

Oriol Riera scored either side of Mitchell Duke's cool finish to end Wanderers' seven-match losing streak at ANZ Stadium.

Bruno Fornaroli will spend the next two seasons with Perth Glory after signing for the A-League leaders on Friday. 

Former Melbourne City striker Fornaroli is not eligible to play for the Glory until 2019-20, with the Uruguayan in line to make his debut against Premier League giants Manchester United in a July friendly. 

Fornaroli, 31, was released by City in February, having been frozen out of the team by head coach Warren Joyce following the pair's falling out. 

"Tony [Popovic] said that there is a project here at Glory and that they want to play better than now and do better next season," said Fornaroli, who scored 57 goals in all competitions for City following his arrival in 2015. 
"I believe in the project and I believe in the coach and that's why I'm here. 

"I'm where I want to be and this is the most important thing for me. I'm very happy to be here." 

On the potential of a debut against United in Perth, Fornaroli told reporters: "It's massive. To play against a team like Manchester United would be amazing. Whatever player you ask it's the same, [it would be] a dream. 

"In a full stadium...this is why I say I don't want to think [about the start of next season] now, I just try to think about that game [against United]. If I have the opportunity to play it would be great." 

Glory owner and chairman Tony Sage added: "The signing of Bruno is another strong statement of intent in terms of our ambition to bring sustained success to Perth Glory. 

"Players with his great goalscoring pedigree are always in huge demand and we beat off stiff competition from a host of clubs from all over the world to sign him." 

The Glory are top of the table and nine points clear of nearest rivals Sydney FC after 22 regular-season matches.

Melbourne City claimed a first win over Sydney FC in nine A-League attempts with a clinical 2-0 victory at the Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The game was able to go ahead despite torrential rain and a cagey, goalless first half unfolded.

Shayon Harrison found the breakthrough with his first A-League goal after the hour, slotting home from Kearyn Baccus' pass to finish off a slick counter-attack.

On-loan Tottenham forward Harrison helped clinch the points 11 minutes from time when his volley on the end of Harrison Delbridge's cross cross took a decisive deflection off Paulo Retre.

Sydney are now nine points behind Perth Glory at the summit, while City are a point and a place behind Wellington Phoenix in fourth.

Wellington were 3-1 winners over Western Sydney on an emotional evening at Westpac Stadium, where both sets of players and fans paid tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

The hosts surged into a 3-0 lead as the A-League's top scorer Roy Krishna broke down the left and coolly picked out the top corner before Mandi dispatched a stunning free-kick from almost 30 yards.

In the 33rd minute, David Williams converted Krishna's square pass with a first-time finish off the post.

Wanderers, who were on a four-match unbeaten run heading into the game, improved after the break and Bruce Kamau won a penalty after a VAR review ruled Max Burgess fouled him just inside the box.

Alexander Baumjohann blazed wide from 12 yards, but Mitchell Duke did get the visitors on the scoresheet four minutes from time.

Krishna blotted an impressive outing by collecting two late yellow cards to be sent off in stoppage time.

A-League leaders Perth Glory scored twice in the closing stages to draw 2-2 at Melbourne City and stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

Jamie Maclaren had put Glory in trouble, scoring twice in the first half, but the away side rallied late on to prevent defeat at AAMI Park.

Maclaren opened the scoring in the 26th minute, meeting Scott Jamieson's sublime cross with a header that found the net.

He doubled his tally from the penalty spot nine minutes later, converting after Shane Lowry had been penalised for handball.

But that did not prove to be enough, as substitute Joel Chianese nodded in Jason Davidson's delivery in the 84th minute to give Glory some hope.

And they rescued a point in stoppage time – Diego Castro firing in from 20 yards to salvage point, with goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic confused by the flight of the ball.

Glory remain top of the table, six points clear of Sydney FC, who beat Adelaide United 2-0 on Friday.

Former Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli has belatedly left the club after a season on the sidelines.

Fornaroli joined City from Danubio in 2015 and won the Golden Boot in his first A-League campaign, before captaining the club to FFA Cup glory.

But the 31-year-old has fallen out of favour under Warren Joyce this season, featuring in just four league matches.

The forward has reportedly agreed a deal to join Perth Glory next season and his departure from City has now been sealed.

"The club thanks Bruno for his contribution over the last three and a half years with Melbourne City and wishes him the best for the future," a statement read.

Fornaroli scored 57 goals in all competitions for the club.

Eugene Galekovic's second-half howler gifted 10-man Melbourne Victory a 1-1 draw in the derby with Melbourne City in the A-League.

City dominated proceedings in Saturday's contest but were forced to settle for a point after their goalkeeper's 50th-minute gaffe allowed Kosta Barbarouses to level.

They took the lead in the 16th minute through Jamie Maclaren, who confidently converted a penalty he won when Georg Niedermeier bundled him over from behind to collect his second booking in the space of 126 seconds.

Maclaren has now scored in all three of his appearances for City this season but their efforts to find a second were thwarted by the post, Rostyn Griffiths' low drive hitting the right-hand upright just before half-time.

And five minutes after the interval Victory were level when Galekovic somehow let Barbarouses' tame effort from a narrow angle to squeak inside his near post.

Luke Brattan then struck the crossbar for City as they were frustrated in their search for a winner.

City stay fifth but Victory drop to third in the table, Sydney FC leapfrogging them courtesy of a 1-0 win at Wellington Phoenix earned through Adam Le Fondre's second-half spot-kick.

Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne City 3-1 in the A-League on Friday, moving to within six points of the top six and inflicting a third loss in four games on their visitors.

City had been looking in good shape to challenge for a top-two finish this season but their latest defeat adds to poor results against Adelaide United, Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix, meaning they may start looking over their shoulder.

The Jets were in woeful form around the turn of the year and in early January, losing four from five games, but things are picking up and Friday's win was another impressive result.

Jair got the breakthrough for the home side in the 22nd minute, heading home Johnny Koutroumbis' right-wing cross at the back post.

City were back in it just after the break - Jamie Maclaren racing on to Luke Brattan's pass and coolly slotting home - but two quickfire goals from substitutes in the final 15 minutes saw the Jets power home.

Joe Champness made it 2-1 when picking out the bottom-right corner from 16 yards after good work from Roy O'Donovan on the break, before the two switched roles for the clincher – the Irishman rounding off another devastating counter.

The result sees the Jets end the day two points closer to the top six, as the Phoenix – a place above them – could only draw 1-1 at home to Melbourne Victory in Friday's early kick-off.

Roy Krishna got the Phoenix's goal, emphatically volleying home from close range after a botched clearance, but Keisuke Honda levelled from the spot midway through the second period after a handball.

Jamie Maclaren marked his Melbourne City debut with a goal as they battled to a 1-1 draw at home to Adelaide United on Saturday.

The striker, who was playing his first A-League match since April 2017 after joining City last month, rescued a point for the home side in a competitive clash at AAMI Park.

Adelaide went ahead 43 minutes in, Craig Goodwin converting Nikola Mileusnic's cross with a thumping header.

However, former Perth Glory forward Maclaren levelled 24 minutes after the break, backheeling Luke Brattan's cutback past goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

The result means Adelaide, who sit fourth, remain two points above City in the table.

Earlier, Western Sydney Wanderers eased to a 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Central Coast Mariners.

Tarek Elrich opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, his cross eluding everyone in the box and goalkeeper Ben Kennedy before finding the right-hand corner of the net.

Jaushua Sotirio rolled the ball past Kennedy after being sent through by Roly Bonevacia to settle the match 13 minutes from time and earn the Wanderers only their third win of the season.

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