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.

Wellington Phoenix profited from a contentious penalty as they came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Adelaide United on Sunday.

Liberato Cacace went down under the barest of touches from George Blackwood and referee Adam Fielding pointed to the spot, enabling Ulises Davila to convert the 71st-minute winner.

A VAR review cleared the decision as Wellington took a decisive lead four minutes after David Ball got their equaliser, the English striker having squeezed a shot through Paul Izzo.

Though underwhelming for much of the match, Adelaide had looked set to snatch all three points thanks to Nikola Mileusnic's superb sliced volley after half-time.

But the Reds were trailing within 15 minutes and failed to deny Ufuk Talay's team a second successive win, which lifts Wellington off the foot of the A-League table.

Third-placed Adelaide are six points adrift of new leaders Sydney FC, who claimed a clinical 2-0 triumph on the road against Western United.

Adam Le Fondre netted both goals from Alexander Baumjohann assists to lead Steve Corica's men two points clear of Melbourne City.

The diminutive striker headed in a 27th-minute corner and completed the scoring following a fast break in first-half stoppage time.

United attempted 22 shots in total but have now failed to score amid a three-game losing streak.

Western Sydney Wanderers slumped to a 2-0 loss at Newcastle Jets as their poor run of A-League results continued on Saturday.

Substitute Angus Thurgate scored the first and set up the second for Dimitri Petratos to condemn Markus Babbel's men to a third successive defeat.

Outplayed in the first half, Western Sydney improved after the interval and would have taken the lead had Glen Moss not denied Mitchell Duke and Nicolai Muller with a smart double save.

Newcastle defended stoutly and got their reward when Matthew Millar's cross fell for Thurgate to sweep home his second goal in as many games in the 78th minute.

The 19-year-old then beat the offside trap to set up Petratos for the 86th-minute sealer, the goal wrapping up the home side's second consecutive victory.

The Jets are seventh in the standings, two points behind Western Sydney.

Brisbane Roar earlier bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

In a largely tepid affair, it took until just after the hour for Roy O'Donovan to make the breakthrough against his former employers.

The Irish striker turned in Dylan Wenzel-Halls' driven low cross and Brisbane put three points beyond doubt five minutes later, Scott Neville heading in Jay O'Shea's corner.

The hosts, 2-1 losers at Wellington Phoenix last time out, are up to sixth, while Central Coast are a point behind in ninth.

Robbie Kruse scored his first A-League goal since 2011 to fire Melbourne Victory to a 1-0 win over Perth Glory that lifts them above their opponents into sixth.

Kruse, making his first start since rejoining the club in July after eight years away, tapped in from a few yards out with 33 minutes played for what proved to be the only goal of Friday's game at AAMI Park.

Neil Kilkenny went close with a long-range attempt, but Kruse soon found a way through up the other end after being teed up by Andrew Nabbout.

Glory had lost just one of their last 18 away league matches and nearly kept that record intact as Bruno Fornaroli rattled the post five minutes into the second half.

A good chance also came and went for Alex Grant, whose looping header skimmed the crossbar on its way over, as Victory held on for a first win in five matches.

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.

Central Coast Mariners kept their first A-League clean sheet since February 2018 as Giancarlo Gallifuoco's fortuitous strike secured a 1-0 win over Western United to move them off the foot of the table.

United would have risen into third place with a victory in Gosford on Sunday, but the struggling Mariners held firm to claim their second win of the season.

Former Italy international Alessandro Diamanti went close for United with a free-kick late in the first half, but it was Central Coast who made the breakthrough four minutes after the interval when Gallifuoco's volley took a wicked deflection off Aaron Calver.

Filip Kurto did his best to react, yet could only push it in off the inside of his right-hand upright.

Alen Stajcic's side endured a nervy wait while there was a VAR check for a potential handball in the box from Ziggy Gordon late on, but the Mariners' luck was in.

And after Josh Risdon headed wide in stoppage time, the Mariners were able to celebrate taking points and earning their first clean sheet in the league in 21 months.

Riley McGree ended a torrid week on a high by scoring a brace in Adelaide United's 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

The 21-year-old midfielder was one of four Olyroos players handed long suspensions - McGree's runs until April 1, 2020 - following an incident involving a woman in Cambodia when on international duty seven months ago.

But his goals, along with a Migjen Basha own goal, helped United extend their A-League winning streak to four matches with a convincing result at Coopers Stadium, where Ola Toivonen scored for the visitors.

That win keeps United hot on the heels of second-placed Sydney FC, who beat Perth Glory 3-1 in a game marked by controversial VAR rulings.

Diego Castro tugged Milos Ninkovic's shirt before the player went to ground and the decision to give a penalty was upheld by VAR, allowing Adam Le Fondre to open the scoring with a powerful spot-kick.

The home crowd seethed at what looked an unjust opener until Neil Kilkenny's high ball forward was headed down by Joel Chianese into the path of Bruno Fornaroli who opened his body and volleyed into the corner of the net to restore parity one minute before half-time.

But Sydney restored their lead when Kosta Barbarouses appeared to come from an offside position before racing through on goal and scoring with a deflected strike, and Ninkovic then finished a neat passing move with a side-footed finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Fornaroli had a goal disallowed for offside as Perth piled forward but Tony Popovic's men were left to reflect on a second consecutive home defeat in the league.

Elsewhere, Ufuk Talay delivered his first win as coach of Wellington Phoenix, who survived a late fightback from Brisbane Roar to emerge with a 2-1 victory at Westpac Stadium.

Steven Taylor put the A-League strugglers ahead when he rose above Macaulay Gillesphey to head home Ulises Davila's dinked cross after 10 minutes, and Davila ensured the momentum stayed with Wellington when he skipped through Brisbane's defence before beating Max Crocombe with a shot from the edge of the box.

Stefan Mauk gave Robbie Fowler's men late hope when he turned Brad Inman's cut-back into the net with five minutes left but a flurry of chances failed to deliver an equaliser as the Roar lost for the third time in five league outings.

 

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.

Newcastle Jets got their A-League season back on track with a gritty 1-0 victory over Western United at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

Dimitri Petratos sliced open the home side's defence and Angus Thurgate applied the finish in the 36th minute to end Newcastle's winless start to the season.

The result was not secured without a particularly nervy final 20 minutes, during which Josh Risdon looked to have headed United level.

However, a VAR review found Besart Berisha to be offside in the build-up and the Jets hung on with help from goalkeeper Glen Moss to inflict a second defeat on the competition's newcomers.

Adelaide United earlier outclassed Central Coast Mariners in a come-from-behind 3-1 win in Gosford.

Milan Duric put the Mariners ahead from the penalty spot, but it was a one-sided affair following his sixth-minute opener.

Ben Halloran beat Mark Birighitti at the near post, Nikola Mileusnic volleyed the visitors ahead and Kristian Opseth converted a Halloran cross in the space of 19 first-half minutes.

Central Coast tightened up after the interval but were unable to avoid a third defeat in five games, while the Reds now have nine points.

AC Milan, Bologna, Perth Glory, Inter and even Juventus have been linked to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy contract is set to expire before the end of the year and the veteran striker is not short of suitors.

And a return to Old Trafford could be on the cards for the 38-year-old.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED TARGETING IBRAHIMOVIC

Manchester United are preparing to make a move for former striker Ibrahimovic, reports Mail Online.

Ibrahimovic left United for MLS outfit LA Galaxy in 2018 and he has flourished in the United States, where he has scored 53 goals across two seasons.

But with Ibrahimovic – who has been linked to AC Milan, Bologna and A-League side Perth Glory – coming off contract and United looking to bolster their attacking options following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, a Manchester comeback has been mooted.

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Inter are set to back Antonio Conte in the January transfer window. Following Conte's outburst over a lack of squad planning after Inter's Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Calciomercato says the Nerazzurri are ready to sign Parma duo Matteo Darmian and Dejan Kulusevski. Darmian only arrived from Manchester United at the start of the season, while teenage midfielder Kulusevski is on loan from Atalanta.

- Pressure is mounting on Unai Emery but Arsenal are not worried. According to the Mail, the Gunners will not be panicked into sacking head coach Emery – whose side have gone four league games without a win and sit sixth, eight points outside of the top four. Former Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as a possible replacement.

- Despite Southampton's poor form, the Premier League strugglers are still behind boss Ralph Hasenhuttl according to The Sun. The Saints are 19th and three points adrift of safety amid a seven-match winless streak in the league – highlighted by a record 9-0 humiliation against Leicester City.

Dries Mertens could be set to leave Napoli. Second on the club's all-time scoring list, Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport claim Mertens has agreed to join Inter as a free agent at the end of the season. The 32-year-old has called Naples home since arriving from PSV in 2013.

Brisbane Roar remain winless in four A-League matches under Robbie Fowler after slipping to a late 1-0 defeat at Adelaide United on Sunday.

The visitors squandered several chances at Coopers Stadium and were made to rue their profligacy in the 84th minute.

James Troisi completed a tidy one-two with Nikola Mileusnic before squaring for Riley McGree to prod home the winner.

Adelaide are now up to fifth, while Brisbane are languishing in ninth with just two points and a single goal to show for their efforts.

Melbourne Victory's malaise continued in the day's early match as they escaped with a 1-1 draw against bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.

Marco Kurz's men have struggled to meet expectations this season and needed a composed Ola Toivonen finish in the 66th minute to claim a point, their fifth from as many matches.

The Victory captain had been the cause of his team's early deficit, having been punished for a handball in the box following a VAR review.

Ulises Davila converted the fifth-minute penalty and Wellington would have had a second goal to celebrate had Lawrence Thomas not acrobatically denied Alex Rufer late in the second half.

Western United overcame a contentious VAR decision to claim a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers and second spot in the A-League on Saturday.

Andrew Durante and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi scored either side of half-time at GMHBA Stadium to complete the home side's recovery from Mitchell Duke's cool fifth-minute opener.

Their task was made more difficult by a curious call that went against Scott McDonald in the early stages of the second half.

Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Lopar blocked McDonald's close-range header but not before it crossed the line, or so it seemed on television replays.

VAR reviewed the footage and eventually determined the ball had not completely entered the goal, despite seemingly convincing evidence to the contrary.

United's anger gave way to joy when Appiah-Kubi cushioned Ersan Gulum's wayward effort and clinically beat Lopar on the turn, his 58th-minute winner sending Mark Rudan's men above Western Sydney by virtue of goals scored.

There was late drama in the early game as Perth Glory salvaged a 1-1 draw away to winless Newcastle Jets.

Diego Castro forced in an 86th-minute equaliser amid a goalmouth scramble to cancel out Jason Hoffman's well-taken finish, which had given Newcastle a first-half lead.

Alex Grant was shown a second yellow card a minute after Castro's goal but 10-man Perth saw out the draw, their third in five games.

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.

The writing has long been on the wall for Gareth Bale.

Zinedine Zidane wanted him gone from Real Madrid before the previous transfer window closed, but a move did not materialise.

But as the January window approaches, Bale is reportedly ready to leave.

 

TOP STORY – GARETH WANTS TO BALE

Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid in January amid links to the Chinese Super League, according to Cadena Ser.

Bale was poised to make a shock switch to China after being told to move on by Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, though the Welshman remained at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Bale is reportedly desperate for a January exit and wants Madrid to listen to offers from the CSL.

 

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- According to Calciomercato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has offered himself to former club Juventus. Bologna have confirmed their interest in the LA Galaxy striker, whose contract is set to expire. A-League team Perth Glory want to bring the 38-year-old to Australia. Ibrahimovic spent two years at Juventus, however, the Serie A champions are reportedly not prepared to bring back the veteran as they look to trim their squad in January.

Roma are close to reaching an agreement with Manchester United for on-loan defender Chris Smalling. Calciomercato reports the Serie A side are preparing to present a €17million (£14.6m) offer for the Englishman.

William Saliba is yet to play a match for Arsenal but he could already be on the move. Saliba signed for the Gunners in July before he was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season. However, Defensa Central claims Real Madrid are eyeing the 18-year-old French defender. Monaco's Benoit Badiashile and Boubacar Kamara of Marseille are also on the list to potentially replace Raphael Varane.

- The Telegraph says Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is a target for clubs in the Chinese Super League and MLS. Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season.

Ronald Koeman dominates the frontpage of Monday's SPORT newspaper. The Netherlands boss is heavily linked to Barcelona having revealed a release clause in his contract, and amid growing pressure on head coach Ernesto Valverde .

- Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri and ex-Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta are among the candidates to replace Unai Emery should the Gunners sack the Spaniard, according to the Mirror. Allegri has also been linked to Bayern Munich and Manchester United, while Arteta is serving as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City assistant. Jose Mourinho has also reportedly emerged as an option.

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