20 defining images from the Hyundai A-League opening weekend

From frosty receptions to derby fireworks, agony to ecstasy, and everything in between - the opening round of the Hyundai A-League was brimming with moments of worth capturing.

Mark Rudan had the last laugh over Wellington Phoenix fans as Western United secured their inaugural victory thanks to Besart Berisha, while Western Sydney Wanderers celebrated being home at last with a gritty victory over Central Coast Mariners.

There was a positive start for Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar, derby frustration in Melbourne, while the reigning Champions kicked off their title defence with a last-gasp win in Adelaide. 

We've whittled down the best photos from Round 1 of the competition, which you can enjoy in the gallery at the top of the page. 


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