Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide gets away from Massimo Murdocca of Melbourne Heart.

Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide gets away from Massimo Murdocca of Melbourne Heart. Photo: Getty Images

A last-minute equaliser allowed Adelaide United to pinch a 2-2 draw against Melbourne Heart on Friday night and climb to second on the A-League ladder.

The Reds lost a player to a broken leg, a defender for headbutting, and also appeared to be losing the game until Fabio Ferreira's goal squared a feisty fixture.

The heated affair featured the fifth-fastest goal in the league's history, two penalties, 11 yellow cards, a red card and 33 fouls.

Time
90.00
Team
ADE
Score
2
Team
HRT
Score
2
Adelaide United FC versus Melbourne Heart FC
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Players Carrusca (1min), Ferreira (93min) Goals Williams (33min), Dugandzic (42min)

After Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca scored in 25 seconds at Coopers Stadium, Heart hit back with David Williams and Mate Dugandzic scoring.

The visitors appeared set for an upset win until one minute from full-time when Ferreira saved the Reds in what looms as a costly match for Adelaide.

Right-back Michael Marrone suffered a suspected broken leg, left-back Tarek Elrich was marched for headbutting and five of his teammates – and four Heart players – were given yellow cards.

Melbourne's Williams converted a penalty and missed another – both chances coming after rash acts by Adelaide's Elrich.

In the 33rd minute, Elrich recklessly cut across Stefan Mauk's path and sent the Heart player sprawling inside the box – Williams coolly scored his 12th goal this season.

Just one minute later, Elrich headbutted Melbourne's Aziz Behich behind the play and was red-carded.

His dismissal sparked a furious reaction and his snap also earned Heart another penalty – though this time Williams' shot was saved by Eugene Galekovic diving to his right.

Adelaide tempers remained frayed and the Heart snatched a lead five minutes later when, after a goal-mouth scramble, Dugandzic blasted a low shot into the net.

The 10-man Reds pushed for an equaliser but appeared doomed until Ferreira slid onto a speculative cross to score in the 93rd minute.

AAP