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Sydney FC draw with Adelaide United despite Nicky Carle red card

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Steve Larkin

Adelaide United 2 Sydney FC 2

Nick Carle reacts to his red card.

Nick Carle reacts to his red card. Photo: Getty Images

Sydney FC overcame a harsh send-off and rough penalty call to scrap a 2-2 draw with an injury-hit Adelaide United in a controversial clash on Friday night.

The Sky Blues, with Ranko Despotovic and Corey Gameiro scoring, shared the points with the Reds, who lost two key attackers to injury in 10 minutes at Coopers Stadium. Adelaide lost Bruce Djite (groin) and Cirio (hamstring) in the first half-hour, but Sydney also rued rotten luck.

Ranko Despotovic of Sydney attempts to head the ball. Click for more photos

A-League: Adelaide United v Sydney FC

Sydney FC leveled the score to 2-2 during the final minutes of the game against Adelaide United on Friday night. The round 13 A-League match was played at Coopers Stadium, which is home to the Adelaide United Football Club. Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Getty

The Sky Blues' Nicky Carle was marched for a questionable second yellow card, while the visitors slipped behind because of a soft penalty call.

Despotovic opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Djite hobbled off in the 20th minute, followed 10 minutes later by his Spanish teammate Cirio. But the double injury blows, which compounded pre-game losses of attackers Jeronimo (suspended) and Marcelo Carrusca (bruised knee), were punctuated by an equaliser by Adelaide's Fabio Ferreira.

A pin-point Steven Lustica cross in the 24th minute found the Portuguese-born winger, whose right-foot shot struck the far post and rolled in to the relief of the Reds' parochial 15,347-strong home crowd. Adelaide's injury woes forced them to rely in attack on novices Awer Mabil, a substitute in all his 10 A-League games, and striker Anthony Costa, on debut.

And after Carle was unluckily sent off in the 68th minute after making negligible contact on Adelaide's Isaias Sanchez, Costa figured in the controversial penalty three minutes later.

The first-gamer seemingly crumpled from minimal contact from Sydney defender Matthew Jurman and Adelaide were given a penalty, converted by Jake Barker-Daish. But the Reds' 2-1 lead lasted just 10 minutes, with Gameiro neatly angling a header from a Nikola Petkovic free kick into the net for an 82nd-minute equaliser.

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina said the penalty against his side was ''a bit soft'', but was proud of the character of his side.

''It's groundhog day for every coach in the league, every week there is something controversial,'' he said. ''I thought we were going very well up until the red card. And 2-1 down, with 10 men, I would have signed for a draw.''

Adelaide coach Josep Gombau praised his players for an honest effort, but lamented a lost opportunity for a win. ''With all the difficulties that we had this week, and that we had in the game … they did very well, I am satisfied,'' he said. ''But with the result, I am unhappy because after 80 minutes, we are winning 2-1, and to win this game was very important.''

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6 comments so far

  • Every week an A-League ref makes a decision that directly affects the outcome of the game. When will the FFA sort this out. The refs need a lot more training - they're not up to the task.

    Commenter
    Pete in Cronulla
    Date and time
    January 04, 2014, 12:50AM
    • Steve it wasn't a harsh send off, Carle stupidly impeded a player, yellow card, end of story.

      Commenter
      Matto
      Location
      Prospect
      Date and time
      January 04, 2014, 10:30AM
      • Matto, impeding a player in the middle of the pitch is not a yellow card offence. It's a free kick. That's all.

        Commenter
        Jimbo
        Date and time
        January 04, 2014, 6:02PM
    • Aren't A-League refs going professional as of next season?

      Commenter
      Tom@66
      Date and time
      January 04, 2014, 2:05PM
      • I'm a Victory supporter and always happy to see Sydney lose but the Carle second yellow was questionable and the penalty shouldn't have been awarded as the players both had their hands on each other and the ball was way out of play.

        I agree with the first poster, each week I see ref's making calls, bad calls, which directly affect the outcome of matches and when it happens it makes the league look cheap and un-professional..

        Commenter
        Johnny
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        January 04, 2014, 4:54PM
        • Very frustrating week in, win out watching Sydney play. Some brilliant games but the fire is becoming a rarity. Constantly giving away the ball and a comedy of errors, just when one part of the machine is about to do something special, it goes wanting. One of those weeks when you need to decide- will I renew my membership next year. A very underwhelmed Adelaide still could not be broken down. Frank, please count how many times we gave away the ball this week. Maybe the injuries have taken its toll, or you have just inherited the wrong team of players and management has just not given you the right artillery to make something more than just a mediocre team. Please bring back the discipline and belief to give a good finish for Ale and Sydney's loyal supporters.

          Commenter
          Ciccio
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          January 04, 2014, 9:18PM

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