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What was Australia's greatest football hero at the moment doing the morning after arriving home from his AFC Champions League triumph with Western Sydney Wanderers? Not sleeping in, that's for sure.

Ante Covic, whose brilliant 85th-minute save of a point-blank shot in the second leg of the final against Al Hilal was such a key moment, was up at 7am on Tuesday making lunches for he and wife Linda's two children - Emelie, eight, and Christoper, six - before dropping them off at school.

Linda recently started a new job, so Covic was playing Mercurial superfly IV "Daddy Day Care" despite arriving home late the night before after the long flight from Saudi Arabia and the phenomenal reception from a massive crowd of Wanderers fans at Sydney Airport.

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— SBS - The World Game (@TheWorldGame) November 3, 2014
"There's no harm in a bit of a reality check," Covic laughed. "I'm a bit tired, but, really, the excitement of it all is keeping me going at the moment. I think it's the same for all of us. Last night at the airport was crazy Messi Soccer Cleats - the fans were incredible.
"Ten years ago, could you have imagined something like this happening in football in Australia? A team winning such a big club tournament and how popular football has become here? It's just fantastic."

How did that feel?

If Covic hadn't stopped that shot by somehow getting his right hand to it and seeing the ball trickle wide of the post, it would have been 1-0 to Al Hilal, with the aggregate score at 1-1. Who knows what would happened from there?

What went through his mind during that incredible stage of the game?

"The important thing was I got a firm hand to it," Covic said. "A soft hand and it keeps going into the back of the net, but it trickled past the outside of the post.

"I knew it was going to mentally destroy them not to get that goal. I thought of the grand final, when (Besart) Berisha got that goal against us at exactly the same time and how it hurt us.


"It seemed like it took forever for the ball to roll away, though. It was like everything was in slow motion for those few seconds.

"I wouldn't say it's my best save, but it was certainly the biggest save I've ever made."

Everyone's a winner

Adam D'Apuzzo only played in one AFC Champions League game for Wanderers early in the campaign and is now retired from professional football and concentrating on a career in accountancy, but do you think he was jumping out of his skin at the team's success?

Of course he was.

D'Apuzzo told The False 9: "I'm over the moon with it. I'm fortunate enough to still be in touch with the boys and I got a feel for how they were leading up to the game. It's not the same as playing, but I still got caught up in the emotion of it all.

"I'm still an ambassador for the club, so I was at the first leg of the final at Pirtek Stadium and it was very exciting. I watched the second leg at home and of course you start itching to be out there again when you see moments like that.

"But I made a career choice and I'm happy with that. I'm just thrilled for the boys. It's a relief for the club, in a way. The monkey is off the back Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 now because they've won a big final.

"It's a defining moment, both for the Wanderers as a club and for the history of football in this country."

Numerically speaking

In the end, 26 players made a total of 192 appearances in 14 games for Wanderers during their ACL campaign.

As revealed by TWG after a check of the statistics ahead of the second leg of the final, Labinot Haliti was the only player to have played in every game to that point.

Haliti completed a clean sweep by playing in the final, in which he stayed on for the whole game. And today he got a haircut.

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— Labinot Haliti (@LabiHaliti) November 4, 2014
The full list of players used, with the the number of games they played in brackets, is: Labinot Haliti (14), Shannon Cole (13), Antony Golec (13), Iacopo La Rocca (13), Ante Covic (12), Kwabena Appiah (11), Daniel Mullen (10), Mark Bridge (9), Tomi Juric (9), Brendon Santalab (9), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (9), Jason Trifiro (8), Michael Beauchamp (7), Matthew Spiranovic (7), Brendan Hamill (6), Shinji Ono (6), Mateo Poljak (6), Vitor Saba (6), Dean Heffernan (5), Youssouf Hersi (5), Aaron Mooy (5), Jerome Polenz (3), Daniel Alessi (2), Jerrad Tyson (2), Adam D'Apuzzo (1) and Jaushua Sotirio (1).
Man of the hour (and a half)

Marcelo Carrusca won on the field with Adelaide United against Melbourne City, displaying his class to help put the side into threatening positions and also converting a penalty in the 79th minute, and then he won off the field as well.

It was superstar David Villa's last game for Melbourne City and, so, the last chance for an opposition player to try to get his playing shirt as a memento. Carrusca, showing perfect timing, made his play in the bowels of AAMI Park - and came away with the prize. Carrusca tweeted his appreciation.

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Big contributions
Lyall Gorman, who had an enormous amount to do with putting Wanderers on the map as the club's executive chairman from its birth through to the end of its second season, was ecstatic at the club's ACL success.

"It's a true reward for the efforts and contributions of so many," Gorman told The False 9. "A wonderful day for the club, the west and the game."

Western Sydney really is a family and it would have been great if the club's former media manager, Rod Allen, could have been in Riyadh as part of the group. The very popular Allen died in an accident last year and the Wanderers playing and coaching staff and management attended his funeral.

Sorry situation

Central Coast Mariners striker Mitchell Duke felt the need to publicly apologise to Mariners fans after the 2-0 loss to Sydney FC.

Duke, who headed a great chance straight at goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic late in the first half, slammed the ball into the crossbar with a second-half shot and had a penalty saved by Janjetovic near the end, cleansed himself on social media.

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