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A-League: Berisha on the climb as Western United rout Macarthur

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 20 Feb 2021

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Besart Berisha moved to second on the Australian National League all-time scoring list as Western United routed Macarthur 4-1 in the A-League on Saturday.

The 35-year-old scored twice to rack up his 137th and 138th A-League goals – a competition best – and jump ahead of former NSL striker Rod Brown in the overall list in Australian league football.

Iker Guarrotxena opened the scoring in fine fashion at Mars Stadium, shrugging off compatriot Benat and firing low past Adam Federici.

The Spaniard played a part in the second, releasing Alessandro Diamanti to tee up Berisha, and the Italian set up the counter-attack for Dylan Pierias to make it 3-0.

Guarrotxena was unfortunate to see his lob come back off the crossbar but Berisha was on hand to score the follow up that completed the rout, and the only blot was Matt Derbyshire’s late consolation. United move up to eighth, with Macarthur still high in third despite the setback.

In Saturday’s other game, Sydney FC and second-place Brisbane Roar played out a goalless draw.

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