Sanchez's return ends in defeat for A team

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
Sanchez
KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ
KEY PLAYER: Dani Sanchez is set to make his long-awaited return from injury for the Wellington Phoenix.

Relevant offers

Football

Auckland City fall in thrilling Fifa Club World Cup semifinal German footballer Marco Reus fined $855,000 Scunthorpe United's Llera from villain to hero Auckland City FC win international praise for Club World Cup effort Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx says team 'moral victors' EPL in review: Stuttering Saints suffer fourth straight Premier League loss Glen Moss re-signs with Wellington Phoenix for two years Tottenham thump Newcastle, Raheem Sterling shines for Liverpool Western Sydney Wanderers finish sixth at Club World Cup As it happened: Club World Cup - Auckland City FC v San Lorenzo

Spaniard Dani Sanchez made his return from knee surgery but the attacking midfielder couldn't prevent Wellington Phoenix A from losing 3-1 against Auckland City last night.

Sanchez scored five goals in 25 A-League games for the Phoenix last season but has not been sighted this season as he recovers from knee surgery.

The 27-year-old was introduced in the 62nd minute at Kiwitea Street, with Phoenix A already 3-1 down.

His return is likely to mark the end of Ricardo Clarke's stay in Wellington. The Panamanian was signed on loan as an injury replacement for Sanchez, but has not been a part of Ricki Herbert's recent A-League plans.

German midfielder and Phoenix academy member Tobias Bertsch had given the visitors the lead in the second minute before Auckland returned serve twice in a frantic start.

Dan Saric and Emiliano Tade scored in the fourth and fifth minutes respectively before Tade lobbed goalkeeper Scott Basalaj just before halftime for 3-1.

The Phoenix A side is coached by Herbert's assistants Chris Greenacre and Jonathan Gould and is a combination of senior players out of first-team reckoning and members of the academy.

The side will play each national league club midweek through to February.

Ad Feedback

- Wellington

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content