Stats review: Ziegler racks up colossal defensive stat on Hyundai A-League debut

Patrick Ziegler may have showed just what the Western Sydney Wanderers have been missing.

The German defender made an impressive Hyundai A-League debut against the Central Coast Mariners in Friday's 2-0 win, accruing a truly colossal stat in the process.

Meanwhile, Chris Ikonomidis and Ola Toivonen continued their exceptional form in front of goal, and Wellington Phoenix broke a long and painful drought against Sydney FC in their stunning upset win.

We take a look at that and more thanks to Opta data.

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Ziegler shatters 20-month record on Hyundai A-League debut

The German defender made a massive 17 clearances during the Wanderers' 2-0 win over the Mariners on Friday.

That tally was the most since Dino Djulbic had 18 for Perth Glory against Melbourne City in April 2017.

The Wanderers 2-0 triumph also saw Keanu Baccus score his first Hyundai A-League goal, before Jaushua Sotirio sealed the Wanderers' win with his first strike since February.

Ziegler wasn't the only impressive German on the pitch at Spotless Stadium.

Compatriot Alexander Baumjohann creating a game-high four chances in a performance of genuine playmaking artistry.

Phoenix's shock win rocks Sydney FC to the core

The magnitude of Wellington Phoenix's shock win over the reigning Premiers was felt around the competition.

This was the first time Sydney FC had suffered back-to-back home losses for the since March-April 2016.

Phoenix's 3-1 victory on Saturday also carried a groundhog element. It was the first time Sydney FC had conceded three first half goals since a meeting with the Kiwis in 2015/16 - a match they would also lose 3-1 at home.

For Wellington, the win snapped a six-match winless run against Sydney FC. Roy Krishna's brace and Steven Taylor's first Hyundai A-League goal did the damage, while teenage sensation Sarpreet Singh created a game-high four chances.

Steven Taylor celebrates

Prolific Toivonen extends Adelaide's Victory hoodoo

Melbourne Victory have now only lost two of their last 17 meetings with Adelaide United after their 2-0 win at Marvel Stadium.

Toivonen continued his fine start to life in the Hyundai A-League, sealing Victory's win after having a hand in Kosta Barbarouses' opener.

The Swedish striker now has two goals and two assists in 254 minutes this season, contributing a goal or an assist every 63.5 minutes.

Jair snaps 14-month drought in Jets triumph

Brazilian front man Jair scored his first goal since September 2017 as the Newcastle Jets beat Brisbane Roar 2-0 on Sunday.

Jair and Kaine Sheppard both opened their Hyundai A-League accounts to see Newcastle beat Brisbane for a fourth straight time – the first time they have achieved that feat against any opponent.

Sheppard's goal was key for the Jets, marking the first time in seven home games that Newcastle had scored in the first half.

Dimitri Petratos, who set up Jair's strike, was impressive, creating a game-high five chances.

Ikonomidis red hot as Glory flex muscles

Chris Ikonomidis' winner for Perth Glory in their 1-0 victory over Melbourne City means the attacker has now scored five goals and provided two assists for the league leaders.

Meanwhile, Glory boss Tony Popovic is now unbeaten in regular time in 14 straight Hyundai A-League games, beating his previous record of 13.

But it was the first time since November 2013 that Popovic has claimed back-to-back wins over City, who were reduced to 10 men late on when Curtis Good was sent off.

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