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A-League round seven snapshot

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

A snapshot of round seven in the A-League.

THEY SAID IT - "I knew I didn't have a card (the first time), I saw him put it back in his pocket so I knew I was sweet. He had the yellow out but he put it back in his sky rocket so I knew I was no dramas when MacLaren went down." - Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant on the confusion surrounding what some considered his second yellow in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brisbane.

STAT THAT MATTERS - Sydney FC midfielder Josh Brillante's first-half rocket against the Roar was his first goal in 54 A-League appearances.

MAN OF THE ROUND - Andy Keogh's brace in their 3-1 win over Adelaide lifted the Irish striker to seven goals for the season, equal with Melbourne City star Bruno Fornaroli through the opening seven rounds.

SAFEST HANDS - Brisbane have goalkeeper Michael Theo to thank for a share of the spoils at Suncorp Stadium after he produced a round-high five saves in their 1-1 draw with Sydney FC, four of them during a relentless second-half assault.

CONTROVERSY CORNER - Perhaps hesitant after being cited for last week's officiating rant, Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic bit his tongue when asked about a breakthrough goal that was disallowed from misfiring striker Kerem Bulut, who was incorrectly ruled offside in Friday's last-gasp 1-1 draw with Melbourne City.

UNDER PRESSURE - Not only does his team sit dead last with just two wins to date, but Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor now faces more than a one-game sanction after being banished to the stands for touching a fourth official during Friday's 3-1 loss to Perth. The Reds will also be without red-carded midfielder Jordan O'Doherty, while Sergio Guardiola also needs to be monitored for a possible leg injury.

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