Perth Glory 1 Sydney FC 0
Nick Carle makes sure he is first to the ball. Photo: Getty Images
Perth Glory came away with a victory over under-fire Sydney FC at nib Stadium on Saturday but only because of a botched offside call that led to a penalty.
Sydney arrived in Perth desperate for points following disappointing losses to the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers, and more than held their own against the Glory in the warm afternoon sunshine, but the call in the opening minutes was the difference.
Glory attacker Ryo Nagai was clearly offside when attempting to run onto a good pass from Jamie MacLaren which would have left him one-on-one with Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.
Ali Abbas of Sydney is challenged by Matthew Davies and Jacob Burns of the Glory. Photo: Getty Images
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When the offside call was not given, Janjetovic cannoned into the back of Nagai and caught him high, and it was a penalty call.
Steven McGarry coolly slotted home the penalty in the ninth minute to give Perth the lead. The score would stay at 1-0 for the remainder of the afternoon.
The Sky Blues had the better of the opportunities for the rest of the match. Marc Warren took a shot that almost curled into the top corner, and Nicky Carle and Richard Garcia had several opportunities on goal. Glory keeper Danny Vukovic was outstanding in keeping Sydney scoreless.
Jamie Maclaren of the Glory and Nikola Petkovic of Sydney FC contest the ball. Photo: Getty Images
Even the introduction of striker Shane Smeltz did not result in Perth creating any realistic goal-scoring chances in the dying stages, but the home side got the job done. It has now won two on the trot at home, while the pressure continues to mount on Sydney and coach Frank Farina.
Alessandro Del Piero came back from injury, replacing Carle from the bench in the 62nd minute.
Wellington Phoenix could be without their five All Whites for Saturday's round-five match against Perth Glory in Christchurch.
New Zealand Football has asked that Glen Moss, Leo Bertos, Andrew Durante, Ben Sigmund and Jeremy Brockie miss the clash, which comes four days before the Kiwis' World Cup qualifier in Mexico.
The first-leg match was brought forward to November 13 after the A-League draw was made. The second leg is in Wellington on November 20.
FIFA regulations state that players called up to a full international must be released five days before the match, inclusive of the day of the game. Players may play on the first day of the window for their club if the association agrees.
Phoenix general manager David Dome says the club has worked hard to reach a compromise.
A schedule that enabled the Phoenix's All Whites to make the proposed NZF flights had been arranged. This allowed the players to be in Auckland in time for the squad's flight to Los Angeles following the clash with Glory at AMI Stadium.
This has been rejected by NZF.
Dome said the club was disappointed New Zealand Football had decided not to allow the Phoenix's All Whites to play against Perth.
He said during the October FIFA window, the Phoenix had - in good faith - allowed their New Zealand internationals to be released for a longer window than regulations required.
''We were hoping NZF would accept our unique position of having five players called out of our squad … and to reach a compromise with us,'' Dome said.