Better late than never for Adelaide
Adelaide United capped a triumphant week with a two late goals to beat Perth Glory, 2-1, and take the outright lead in Australia's A-League on Sunday. The Reds had just returned from Uzbekistan where they beat Bunyodkor on Wednesday to book a place in the final of the AFC Champions League. Their latest victory lifted them to the top of the domestic league after nine rounds by two points from Sydney FC, with Melbourne Victory another point behind.
Last-placed Perth looked in sight of a much-needed victory after striker Nikita Rukavytsya scored in the 55th minute. But Brazilian striker Alemao gave Adelaide a lifeline with he tapped home into an open goal in the 80th minute, and captain Travis Dodd converted a penalty kick two minutes later. It was a huge tonic for Adelaide, as they gear up to become the first Australian club to win Asia's premier football competition over two legs next month against Japan's Gamba Osaka.
Sydney beat rivals Melbourne Victory, 2-0, in Melbourne before a season-high crowd of 31,564 on Saturday with Socceroos striker John Aloisi breaking his goal drought after coming off the bench. Central Coast had a 1-0 win over Newcastle at home on Friday with former Norwegian-based striker Dylan MacCallister scoring in his first A-League start.
Queensland Roar kept themselves in touch with the leading four teams with a 1-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Sunday, with defender Josh McCloughan heading the winner in the 40th minute.