A-League front-runners widen gap
Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar opened a yawning gap at the top of Australia's A-League with impressive weekend victories.
Adelaide stretched the A-League's longest-ever unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at home, while the Roar claimed their first win over Melbourne Victory in two years.
Dutchman Rini Coolen's team extended their sequence to 13 matches without defeat and lead Brisbane by three points after three goals in six second-half minutes. Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk, Argentine playmaker Marcos Flores and Travis Dodd scored the goals to floor the Phoenix.
Adelaide have not lost in 11 matches this season, and the last two of last season, to eclipse the 12-match unbeaten sequence of the Central Coast Mariners in the inaugural A-League season of 2005/06.
The much-improved Roar, under Australian coach Ange Postecoglou, sunk the two-times champions Victory 2-1 at home with the winner coming from Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano in the 77th minute. Brisbane are seven points clear of Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners.
Gold Coast, meanwhile, were held to a scoreless draw by Dutchman John van 't Schip's Melbourne Heart in Melbourne. The Heart, who left skipper and former Socceroo central defender Simon Colosimo on the substitutes' bench, created all the best chances and had 13 corners to their rivals' none for the match.
Brazilian striker Bruno Cazarine scored a brace as defending champions Sydney FC broke through for their first win in 11 games this season against crisis-hit Perth Glory on Sunday. Sydney won 3-0 with Cazarine troubling the tiring Glory defence on a hot Perth afternoon but still remain at the bottom of the standings. Cazarine was also instrumental in Sydney's second goal scored by fellow striker Alex Brosque.