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A-League: Sydney set up final date

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By ESPN Staff

No fuzzy business, rules Popovic

Three months "work" and Nikolai Topor-Stanley says he's feeling a lot lighter.

The Western Sydney Wanderers defender hasn't shaved kilos off his waistline - just a hoard of hair from his face.

Topor-Stanley had a cheeky bet with teammate Mark Bridge to see who could grow the longest beard. The first one to reach for the razor had to pay for the other's coffee for a year.

But that all came crashing down this week, when coach Tony Popovic disapproved of the pair's bushy looks.

"I guess it had to go. It was a draw in the end, but three months work down the drain," the A-League All Star said on Friday.

Asked whether he was surprised Popovic put his foot down, Topor-Stanley said: "Not really.

"I was expecting it. I thought it would come earlier actually.

"When I got away with it for the first game of the season I thought I was in it for the long haul, but two games in I got the tap on the shoulder."

Topor-Stanley and Bridge will be clean shaven for Saturday's sold-out derby clash against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

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