Josep Gombau’s First Game in Charge Ends in Victory for Adelaide United

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Experimental Reds side sweep to victory

An Adelaide United team devoid of many first team faces beat South Australian side Cumberland United 4-1, with Aregentine striker Jeronimo Neumann grabbing the headlines with a hat-trick.

After a goalkeeper Paul Izzo was caught in possession it was the lower league side that took the lead, after the shock opener Adelaide clicked into gear. Antony Golec chipping in with a goal to add to Neumann’s three.

The Reds were without Eugene Galokovic and Dario Vidosic, both of whom have recently returned from International duty, new signings Sergio Cirio and Iasais Sanchez were also omitted, as were Osama Malik and Bruce Djite.

Josep Gombau has made no secret of his ambitions to bring Barcelona style football to Hindmarsh, speaking to football Australia he reiterated the importance of the pre-season fixtures.

He said: “It is very important that we can play these games because the players have been working hard on the skills and now it is about putting that into practise in a game.

We have not been working so much tactically yet, this is something we will start concentrating on more once we get the whole squad here, but we’re grateful and appreciative that some of the local clubs have agreed to play these games.”

“It will also be a great chance for me to see some of the local players in action.”

The club has also confirmed they will be competing in Indonesia’s Menpora cup this September, along with Central Coast Mariners.

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