A-League wrap: Del Piero helps Sydney overcome Perth
By Football News
Sydney have come from behind to beat 10-man Perth 2-1 at ANZ Stadium after Glory were denied a huge penalty shout in the dying stages.
The Sky Blues trailed 1-0 at half-time before goals to star duo Alessandro Del Piero and Brett Emerton turned the A-League clash on its head.
But the visitors will argue long and loud that they should have been awarded a penalty in the dying stages when Sydney defender Rhyan Grant handled in the box.
"It hit his hand. It's a definite penalty," Perth coach Ian Ferguson said.
"It was a guaranteed penalty and we didn't get it. I'm gobsmacked."
Sydney coach Ian Crook admitted it was a penalty.
Del Piero's goal came via the penalty spot after Steve Pantelidis brought down Emerton inside the box on 57 minutes.
Pantelidis was shown a red card and was halfway up the tunnel when Del Piero tucked away his spot- kick with a fortuitous ricochet off the left post.
Emerton sealed Perth's fate with a lovely chip over goalkeeper Danny Vukovic in the 70th minute.
The visitors, who went ahead on 18 minutes thanks to Travis Dodd, kept coming and spurned at least three decent chances in the throes of full-time.
Perth have now gone nine matches across three years without a win against Sydney FC.
Pedj Bojic's free-kick has earned Central Coast Mariners a 1-0 win over a lacklustre Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park, in one of the more forgettable matches to date this season.
Bojic curled home what proved to be the winner in the 51st minute on Sunday, one of few definitive chances created by either team in Melbourne.
Mate Dugandzic, left on the bench by Heart coach John Aloisi, impressed after coming on for Fred at half-time, but the bright spots for the hosts could be counted on one hand.
Josip Tadic will rue missing the Heart's best chance, failing to beat Mariners goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from close range in the 66th minute.
After contributing equally little to the meagre highlights reel, the Mariners can hardly lay claim to the tag of entertainers, but Graham Arnold's organised visitors kept their shape, suffocated the hosts, and can consider themselves deserved winners, albeit only just.
It was Central Coast's second win from four matches played this season, while Heart have now suffered successive defeats after going down 2-0 away to Perth Glory last weekend.