Wanderers shock loss to Adelaide City

Stunned: Adelaide City's Thomas Love turns to celebrate after scoring his game winner, leaving Ante Covic, Iacopo La Rocca and Antony Golec in his wake. Picture: Adam Butler.

Stunned: Adelaide City's Thomas Love turns to celebrate after scoring his game winner, leaving Ante Covic, Iacopo La Rocca and Antony Golec in his wake. Picture: Adam Butler.

Western Sydney Wanderers have fallen in the FFA Cup round of 16 to Adelaide City in a stunning result.

The excitement of cup tournaments is the chance of a big upset and Adelaide have set the early benchmark in the FFA Cup by recording an enormous 1-0 victory at the Marsden Park precinct against the reigning A-League minor-premiers.

Wanderers midfielder, Yiannis Perkatis said the club hadn’t underestimated City leading into the match.

‘‘We prepare the same whether it’s Asian Champions League (ACL), A-League or FFA cup,’’ he said.

‘‘Expecting to win is one thing, but knowing you can win is another thing.’’

Adelaide’s wonder-strike came from Thomas Love, who slipped past a clutch of defenders on a dashing run before smashing it into the net.

The last 15 minutes saw City hold out for one of the memorable wins in recent Australian football history.

Perkatis, who played for 90 minutes in the match, said there was disappointment in the group after failing to progress.

‘‘Definitely disappointed because we are a club that doesn’t like losing so when we aren’t winning we are frustrated.’’ said Perkatis.

‘‘It was pretty clear cut what we had to do yesterday and we just didn’t do it.’’

The Wanderers were the dominant team for large stretches of the match - after fielding a strong line-up - but were unable to pick out the final pass and lost to a home side that only recorded three shots on goal.

When asked whether the loss is a worry heading into the ACL encounter with Guangzhou Evergrande, Perkatis was defiant.

‘‘People could say that but as a team we work hard for any challenge coming out way,’’ Perkatis said.

‘‘We are definitely going to be working on converting half chances into goals.’’

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