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Rising Phoenix stun Wanderers at home

STEIN Huysegems and Tyler Boyd combined to sink Western Sydney Wanderers’ undefeated home record and continue Wellington Phoenix’s remarkable A-League mid-season resurgence.
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The Phoenix scored a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium last night with Huysegems scoring two goals and setting up one for Boyd.

The Phoenix duo put on an attacking clinic after the home side had gone up 1-0 in the 62nd minute through Mark Bridge after great a deft chip from Shinji Ono.

But Boyd struck back in the 68th minute before Huysegems’s brace came in the 78th and 83rd minutes, the second a stunning back heel.

The win is the third straight for the Phoenix after previously enduring a winless start to the season.

The loss was the Wanderers’ first at home since January 6 last year.

With Ono and Tomi Yuric back and Michael Beauchamp wearing the captain’s armband, the Wanderers controlled much of the contest until after their first goal.

The hosts probably should have gone into the break ahead.

A Juric header flew over the bar in the 14th minute after he was incorrectly ruled offside, before a powerful shot from Aaron Mooy was deflected wide by Phoenix goalkeeper Glenn Moss.

Then, in the final minute of time in the opening half, an Ono header hit the bar.

With Youssouf Hersi constantly threatening the Phoenix defence after the break, the Wanderers always looked likely to score, and it was a well-deserved lead when they went 1-0 up.

But then the game turned on its head as Boyd and Huysegems dominated to secure the upset win for the Phoenix to give Wanderers coach Tony Popovic plenty to ponder in the new year.

Boyd slid in at the far post to guide in a low Huysegems cross from the right.

The bald Belgian then dispossessed Mooy and rammed home a low left-foot finish inside the far post before Boyd drove in a low cross, which Huysegems flicked in deftly past Covic.

● Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said his only fear for the 2014 World Cup was players gloating over past victories and failing to be humble in the face of the great challenge ahead in Brazil.

‘‘We have to forget the past and not gloat over what we have won in previous years,’’ Del Bosque said.

‘‘Humility is not an empty word. When I ask for it, it is because it is the path to success.’’

Spain, champions of Europe in 2008 and 2012 and World Cup winners in 2010, face fierce competition in the tournament, which kicks off in Brazil on June 12.

‘‘The players have won a lot, almost everything, and their vision is not the same as it was five or six years ago. That is my only fear. We come back to humbleness. You have to be humble, sportsmen, and good lads.’’ AFP

AIRBORN: The Wanderers’ Michael Beauchamp tackles Wellington’s Louis Fenton at Pirtek Stadium last night. Picture: Getty Images

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