Melbourne City’s quest for a first-ever Premiers Plate has taken a slight detour after being held to a 2-2 draw by the Wellington Phoenix.
City, who rotated the pack after their third game in a week, battled back from an early deficit following Tomar Hemed’s first-half penalty gave the Phoenix an early advantage before Naoki Tsubaki equalised just after half-time.
Jamie Maclaren, who started on the bench, thought he had the winner for City, curling home a superb free-kick for his 25th goal of the season.
However, Hemed’s late flick rescued a point for the visitors thus keeping Wellington’s slim finals hopes alive.
The Israeli international donned a kippah upon scoring the equaliser and saluted the crowd with a hand across his face.
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City now need to accumulate five points…