Phoenix move closer to learning who’ll they meet in men’s A-League semi-finals

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The Wellington Phoenix will play either Sydney or Melbourne Victory in their two-legged men’s A-League semi-final.

This follows Sydney’s 4-0 victory against Macarthur in the first elimination final on Saturday night.

Sydney’s win was made easier by the 27th-minute red card given to Macarthur defender Kealey Adamson, forcing the Bulls to play more than an hour with 10 men.

The loss ended the season for Macarthur’s All Whites Clayton Lewis and Tommy Smith.

Main photo: Robert Mak scores Sydney’s fourth goal against Macarthur.

Phoenix fans now have to wait till Sunday evening for the result of the second elimination final, between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

If Victory win, they’ll play the Phoenix in the semi-final as they’ll be the highest-ranked of the elimination final winners, having come third in the regular season.

If Melbourne City win that game, the Phoenix will play the Ufuk Talay-coached Sydney because they were the fourth-ranked team, while City finished sixth.

While the Phoenix are destined to meet the highest-ranked qualifier, Premier Plate winners Central Coast Mariners will meet the lowest-ranked of those clubs.

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Watch highlights of Sydney v Macarthur


Team rankings in brackets, based on final table position

Elimination final 1

Game played on Saturday, May 4, 2024

Sydney 4 (Robert Mak 8′, 78′, Joe Lolley 50′, Jaiden Kucharski 67′)
Macarthur 0 


Team rankings in brackets, based on final table position

Elimination final 2

Game to be played on Sunday May 5, 2024

Melbourne Victory (3) v Melbourne City (6)
AAMI Park, 7pm (NZT)

Semi-final fixtures

The first leg of the semi-finals will be played over the weekend of Friday May 10 – Sunday May 12, 2024

Semi-final 1, first leg

Lowest-ranked elimination finals winner v Central Coast Mariners

Semi-final 2, first leg

Highest-ranked elimination finals winner v Wellington Phoenix

Semi-final 1, second leg

Game to be played on Saturday May 18, 2024

Central Coast Mariners v lower-ranked elimination finals winner
Industree Group Stadium, Gosford, 9.45pm (NZT)

Semi-final 2, second leg

Game to be played on Saturday May 18, 2024

Wellington Phoenix v highest-ranked elimination finals winners
Sky Stadium, Wellington, 6.30pm (NZT)

Grand final

Game to be played on Saturday May 25, 2024

Winner semi-final 1 v winner semi-final 2
Highest ranked semi-final winner to host game

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