Gombau thwarted by former team

11 January 2018 06:57:46 EST

Western Sydney saw their hopes of a third straight win dashed by a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Adelaide United.

Wanderers coach Josep Gombau looked to be on course to pick up the three points against his former club at Spotless Stadium until Reds substitute Apostolos Stamatelopoulos struck from close range with four minutes left.

The 18-year-old grabbed his maiden A-League goal in his third appearance, having come onto the field just a few minutes earlier, as he turned home a cut-back from Ryan Strain.

Western Sydney's goal had also come from a first-time scorer, with defender Jack Clisby finding the net for the first time in his 90-game A-League career that is now into its seventh season.

The home side went ahead seven minutes into the second half, Roly Bonevacia sending over a perfect cross to the far post where Clisby converted from close range.

Adelaide's equaliser meant they moved up to fourth spot in the table, keeping Gombau's side in sixth.

The Reds saw Baba Diawara and Ryan Kitto both fail to capitalise on early chances, before Western Sydney started to create the better opportunities.

Spanish striker Oriol Riera hit the post and Steven Lustica had a follow-up attempt cleared off the line by Jordan Elsey.

Gombau, who coached United for two seasons, said: "I think honestly we deserved to win. In the first half we had three good chances to go into the changing room at halftime winning."

United coach Marco Kurz had a different view, saying: "I think in the last 30 minutes we had more chances but when I saw the whole 90 minutes I think the draw, the result was correct for both sides."

Wanderers are 9/4 to win their next game against Wellington, who are 23/20 with the draw 13/5.

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