Thompson spares Victory, Sydney win
Australian A-League leaders Melbourne Victory finished with ten men for a second straight week as they came from behind with an injury-time equaliser against Central Coast Mariners this weekend.
Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano is already serving a nine-match ban after spitting at an opponent last week, and on Saturday goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos was shown a red card for stomping on the foot of Mariners striker Sasho Petrovski.
The Victory's unbeaten start to the season appeared finished when Matt Simon netted his second goal in the 84th minute to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead. But Socceroo striker Archie Thompson scored in the fourth minute of extra time to earn Victory a 2-2 draw.
Sydney FC continued their unbeaten start to the season and joined Melbourne on the top of the table following their 3-0 victory over Adelaide United at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday. First-half strikes from Terry McFlynn and Alex Brosque put Sydney in the box seat, before Brendon Santalab rammed home a 35-metre volley in the 79th minute for the knockout blow.
Adelaide returned from Japan just 36 hours prior to the game and coach Aurelio Vidmar fielded only three players from the starting line-up used in the club's 1-1 AFC Champions League draw against Kashima Antlers in midweek.
On Friday, Newcastle striker Joel Griffiths scored for the fifth consecutive time against Queensland as his 84th minute strike guided the Jets to 1-0 win in Brisbane.
Perth Glory registered their first win of the season with a 1-0 triumph over Wellington Phoenix in Perth on Sunday. Ivorian forward Eugene Dadi scored from the penalty spot in the 78th minute for his fourth goal of the season.