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Sydney FC survives FFA Cup scare from Avondale to make semi-finals

Staff writers, September 20, 2018 8:17AM Kids News

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Adam Le Fondre of Sydney FC competes for the ball during the FFA Cup quarterfinal match. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAdam Le Fondre of Sydney FC competes for the ball during the FFA Cup quarterfinal match. Picture: Getty Images

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SOCCER: Sydney FC is into the semi-finals of the FFA Cup, but only after surviving a huge scare at the hands of Victorian state league side Avondale.

Two goals down to the current Cup holders at halftime of their quarterfinal, Avondale produced a stirring* comeback to draw level and force the game into extra time.

But as tiredness set in for the Avondale players, Sydney found two more goals in extra time to claim a place in the FFA Cup semi-final for the third season in a row.

Meanwhile, Western Sydney also progressed to the last four after defeating Melbourne City 2-1 at AAMI Park.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card. Picture: AP media_cameraJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card. Picture: AP

SOCCER: Cristiano Ronaldo has been sent off with a red card for the first time in the Champions League.

The Juventus striker left the pitch in tears after 29 minutes for an off-the-ball incident with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo. Ronaldo reached down and appeared to grab the hair of the defender.

It was his first red card in 154 Champions League games, and the decision means he is set to miss a return to Old Trafford when Juventus plays his old club Manchester United next month.

Juventus still went on to win 2-0, thanks to two penalties.

Caitlin Bassett of the Diamonds shoots over England’s Geva Mento. Picture: AAP media_cameraCaitlin Bassett of the Diamonds shoots over England’s Geva Mento. Picture: AAP

NETBALL: Australia have overcome some shaky first and last quarter periods to avenge* their Commonwealth Games netball final loss to England with a 52-47 win over the Roses last night.

Trailing 14-9 late in the first quarter of their Quad Series game in Newcastle, Australia outscored England 15-10 in each of the two middle terms to take control of the match.

They had a seven-goal third quarter buffer slashed to two inside the last four minutes, but steadied down the stretch to beat England in the first clash between the nations since the Commonwealth Games.

“Obviously there was a little bit more fire in the belly but we did try and put it behind us and to play our game, Comm Games was a while ago now,” Diamonds defender Courtney Bruce said. “Really happy with what we were able to put out.”

GLOSSARY

stirring: energetic and exciting

avenge: take revenge for a loss

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1. How many extra time goals did Sydney FC score?

2. What did Cristiano Ronaldo do wrong to earn a red card?

3. How many goals did Australia defeat England by?

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