So, Sydney hang on, staggering towards the finish line after Tomi Juric scored a cracker to make it tight in the last quarter. Del Piero had one of his better games for the Sky Blues, with admirable support from the likes of the equally impressive Antonis and Ryall.
Adelaide were all over the place - at times excellent, at times clueless. They showed good heart to come back and will be delighted at the debut of Tomi Juric who scored an early contender for goal of the round with his first touch in A-League football.
Good news for both Sydney teams, with Sydney FC going into the top 5, while the Wanderes have a chance to break away from Adelaide. A record five straight at home for Sydney, that caps off an excellent day for the club on the back of the signings of Neill and Farina.
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Comical effort from Fabio there, who charged into the box on a breakaway, but lost control and had to leap over the covering tackle. Not a great moment for the flying Brazilian. A cool head and a better touch, and he's one on one with the keeper. End of story. Sydney should see this one out though with little time left for Adelaide.
Smart play from Chianese there, who turned down an attacking break to hold up the ball and play it back to support. That will help eat up the clock. Good composure from the sub.
We'll have four added minutes here. That will feel like 40 for Farina's men.
Sydney FC are having a case of the wobbles here, and there is still a good five to go. They are desperate for the final whistle. It looks as if Juric's belter has taken all of their confidence away in one fell swoop. Reds on the attack through Geronimo and Carrusca. The Reds need to throw everything forward now, but they are remaining calm and keeping their formation.Back to top
Corner to Adelaide, but is comes to nothing. Much like at the end of the first half, the home side are fading, as the Reds assert themselves and press forward. A moment of relief for Sydney though as they break upfield and Antonis smashes the ball into a defender with a speculative shot.
Bit of a stink here after Fyfe clatters the most fouled man in the league. It's just a yellow though, and it does not placate the Cove. Nervy moments here, it looked like it was all tied up. The next ten minutes will be a true test of character for the home team. Have they really turned the corner?
Del Piero is dumped in the middle of the pitch, and the ball breaks to the new man Juric with ADP prone in the centre circle. He has a dig, but doesn't quite catch it right. Fair ply though, he's earned the right to pull the trigger.
What a finish, remember that name. And Adelaide have another chance! But it's into the side netting. We're all set up here for a blockbuster finish here in Sydney. Don't go anywhere.
GOAL TO THE REDS! Tomi Juric has had an instant impact. Absolutely cracking finish from a nothing long ball that Griffiths struggled to deal with. Now we have a game on.Back to top
Another free-kick to Sydney after their marquee man is bundled over as he changed direction. Bit of a harsh call then, ADP seemd to buy that one off Barbiero. ADP lines up another, and brings a save low down at the post from Galekovic. Good save.
That man Del Piero again shuffles and teases his way down the left towards the corner flag, but his dipping ball into the box is met by only Adelaide defenders. He held the ball up as long as he could then, but he desperately needed someone to make a run. Chianese comes on for the impressive Blake Powell and Ramsay is replaced by Juric for the Reds. Lets see what the new signing has to offer.
This could be a painful 20 minutes here for Adelaide, who look like they have run out of ideas. It wouldn't be a huge surprise if Sydney push on and get a third here. Another Reds move breaks down on the right. They need to score soon if they are to have any chance here.
Yellow for McFlynn, the most yellowed player in the league. So no surprises then - Sydney score 2+ goals, and McFlynn gets a ticket. Standard.
Good work again from Antonis leads to a corner, and from the resulting set-piece, the ball is bundled in via Griffiths and Blake Powell who swivels and stabs it home. That's curtains from the visitors who defended like headless chooks when Del Piero's ball came in.
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Another free-kick from Del Piero skips a couple of feet wide. Looks like Eugene Galekovic would have covered that, but it had a lovely flight and curve on it. Adelaide have got to stop fouling around the box, ADP has his sights on today.
And Del Piero goes close after great work from goalscorer Antonis, flashing the ball across the goal. So close. One more here and Adelaide are buried. Sydney need to keep their focus and pepper the box.
Corner to Sydney after a powerful run from Ryall into the Adelaide box. it results in a corner - but Del Piero can't find Tiago with the set piece, and that man Boogaard heads clear again.
This result looks good for the Wanderers too, who will take on the Melbourne Victory tonight down south. Good work from McFlynn as he tidies up the mess left by Fabio.
Lazy defending from Griffiths there, who swung a leg at a clearance and nearly got caught out. They musn't switch off here, or they will be punished. There are plenty of Reds players who would be delighted to pck up any scraps.Back to top