SYDNEY (AFP) – Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers remain winless in Australia’s A-League this season after a 1-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.
The Wanderers are stranded in last place on the standings after in-form Fijian striker Roy Krishna scored the winner from the penalty spot.
While Ante Covic saved Krishna’s initial spot-kick, the Phoenix forward followed up to tuck away his fifth goal of the campaign.
Wellington’s win consolidated a place in the top four, five points above fifth-placed Sydney FC.
Sydney suffered their third straight home loss, to Adelaide United, on Friday.
Adelaide rebounded from two straight losses of their own to win 3-0 through late goals by Bruce Djite, Spaniard Pablo Sanchez and Awer Mabil.
Melbourne Victory snatched a late 1-0 win on Saturday, with Brazilian Gui Finkler’s brilliant late free-kick sinking the Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City held leaders Perth Glory to a 1-1 draw on Friday, with Richard Garcia’s header cancelling out Aaron Mooy’s opener.
Glory hold a four-point lead over Victory after 12 games.
The A-League continues through the New Year break, with two full rounds in the next nine days before breaking for the Asian Cup in Australia.