Sydney FC suffered nevertheless another heartbreaking defeat as a late winner gave A-League leaders Adelaide a 2-1 victory at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Badly needing a end result immediately after three straight losses, the Sky Blues looked set to at least salvage a point in front of 13,317 followers after Yairo Yau had levelled the scores in the 2nd half.
But in-type Reds midfielder Dario Vidosic struck in the 88th minute to continue the Reds’ brilliant start to the season and move them five points clear atop the table.
After conceding a whopping 14 objectives in their previous a few video games, Sydney have been considerably enhanced in their second match below caretaker coach Steve Corica.
But they remain rooted to the foot of the table although the search for a new head coach continues.
The match marked the lengthy-awaited return of former Socceroos midfielder Jason Culina from a critical knee injury, coming off the bench in the second half for his first A-League look in practically two a long time.
Vidosic, who received a nationwide recall this week, created the opener for Adelaide in the 21st minute.
His completely-executed back-heel flick allowed Fabio Ferreira to break on purpose and unleash a effective finish for his 1st A-League goal.
The Reds had been unlucky not to be two- up at halftime following Marcelo Carrusca had a objective incorrectly ruled out for offside seven minutes prior to the opener.
Sydney’s greatest likelihood of the half came when Alessandro Del Piero’s ambitious free of charge kick was tipped in excess of the bar by Eugene Galekovic in the 42nd minute.
But they looked sharper following halftime and capitalised when Yau put them back on terms with a great finish in the 57th minute.
The Panamanian showed great tempo in collecting an Adam Griffiths lengthy ball and beating Galekovic from a tight angle.
Sydney suffered a nervous moment in the 63rd minute when referee Peter Green showed a red card to Seb Ryall, prior to realising it was only his first yellow of the night and making it possible for him to remain on the area.
Culina received a standing ovation when he came off the bench in the 68th minute to cap a remarkable return following two bouts of surgical procedure.
Regardless of probabilities to each teams, the match looked headed for a draw prior to Vidosic struck.
Nigel Boogaard hit the bar from close assortment and Evan Kostopoulos had an air swing but Vidosic made no error with a third attempt for the Reds.
Corica admitted the defeat was crushing in spite of some signs of heading back in the appropriate course, especially after halftime.
“I think (we were) significantly far better 2nd half. We acquired the aim and we looked most likely to score the subsequent one as nicely,” Corica mentioned.
“But that’s football. When you’re down .. it’s difficult to take actually.
“We’ve just received to get on with it.
“We have acquired to uncover a win from somewhere so we’ll perform challenging once more next week and see if there is any a lot more boys that can come back in and we’ll go from there.”
Adelaide coach John Kosmina felt his players made daily life hard for themselves by trying to force the tempo of the game but hailed their fighting spirit.
“Our guys showed a whole lot of character, a stack of character to keep alive in the game and score the winner like we did,” he said.
“We’ve been creating in the direction of that (initial half overall performance) and it was excellent. Now the trick is to consider that into the 2nd half as well.”
Kosmina backed Vidosic to carry on improving, saying he felt he had not reached even half of his likely.
“He was on fire tonight. He would like his spot back in the Aussie crew and if he plays like that he deserves it,” Kosmina stated.