Adelaide United ended the Australian A-League's worst head-to-head losing streak with an emphatic 4-1 win over their nemesis Melbourne Victory in Melbourne today.
Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk scored twice in the second half to become the league's leading scorer with 13, as the Reds notched their first win over the Victory since October 2007. The win not only ended a 10-game losing streak against the Victory, but consolidated United's hold on a top-two spot.
In a combative match, referee Peter Green handed out nine yellow cards and sent off Victory skipper Kevin Muscat after he raised an arm into Adam Hughes's face in the 65th minute.
Adelaide's other goals came from Argentine playmaker Marcos Flores and substitute Fabian Barbiero, while substitute Mate Dugandzic scored Melbourne's only goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time. The win moved Adelaide to nine points adrift of competition front-runners Brisbane Roar.
Central Coast Mariners are third after securing a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at home today, with the winning goal coming just before half time from Kiwi international Michael McGlinchey.
Goals from teenager Dimitri Petratos and new Finnish signing Juho Makela sealed a 2-0 win for Sydney FC over Gold Coast United at the Sydney Football Stadium yesterday. It was Sydney's second victory in as many games for the struggling defending champions, who moved into ninth spot, and their first ever win against United, to ease the pressure on under-fire coach Vitezslav Lavicka. Gold Coast stay fourth in the standings, four points behind the Mariners.
The Newcastle Jets edged to within two points of the top six after a 3-1 win over the North Queensland Fury.
Brazilian substitute Henrique kept Roar's undefeated A-League sequence intact when he set up the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory in Brisbane on Friday.The Roar were trailing 0-1 with their record of 19 games under threat when Henrique stormed down the left wing and crossed for Mitch Nichols to head home in the 63rd minute.