Back to full strength, Melbourne City consolidated their spot in the A-League's top four with a classy 5-1 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.
Missing six players to suspension in last week's 2-2 draw with Brisbane, City stormed back against a hapless Phoenix, slicing through the home team on Saturday with two first-half goals before adding three in a dominant second spell.
Winless in their past seven away games, City weren't initially convincing and Wellington looked set to take advantage in the...
Melbourne City will be without key defensive pair Michael Jakobsen and Ivan Franjic for Saturday's match against A-League rivals Wellington.
Jakobsen (calf) and Franjic (knee soreness) won't make the trip across the Tasman after falling short in their rehabilitation.
The Danish centre-back and Socceroos right-back didn't play in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Brisbane.
The long flight to Wellington has been a factor in leaving the defenders out, with both likely to come into contention for next...
Midfielder Gui Finkler is flying to Brazil to meet his newborn daughter, ruling him out of the Wellington Phoenix's next two A-League games.
Finkler will miss Saturday's home match against Melbourne City and the fixture away to the Brisbane Roar a week later.
He is returning to his native Brazil to be with wife Karine and their first daughter Rafaela.
Finkler, 31, had planned to attend the birth but Rafaela arrived early.
He will return to New Zealand for the clash against the Perth Glory in Auckland...