Del Piero brace boosts Sydney hopes
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Alessandro Del Piero scored twice in the first half to guide Sydney FC to a 4-1 Australian A-League triumph over Wellington Phoenix in wet conditions at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The former Juventus forward opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute and doubled his team's advantage with a sublime free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Wellington clawed their way back through a Carlos Hernandez spot-kick 11 minutes into the second half, but had no answer when Del Piero turned provider for Seb Ryall moments later and then a delightful volley from Ali Abbas put the result beyond doubt on the hour mark.

The win was Sydney's eighth at home this term and gave them a three-point buffer over Newcastle - putting them in the box seat to make the top six. The result also eliminated the New Zealand franchise from finals contention.