A red card and a late penalty gave Adelaide United a stunning victory as they upset Sydney FC 2-1 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. A 28th minute red card to Alex Gersbach and a 95th minute Marcelo Carrusca penalty was the difference as Adelaide United managed the win.
As expected Sydney FC came out dominant, controlling much of the early possession, but the two sides were niggly in the early going. Neither side could really get going as both sides were unable to really hold on to possession.
In the 28th minute a big moment gave Adelaide United the advantage as Gersbach received a straight red card. Gersbach lost possession in midfield and then he dove in on James Jeggo, very late and with his studs up, leaving Sebre Delovski with little choice but to show him a straight red.
That red card forced Sydney FC in to a change as they looked to solidify their defense following the red card. That saw Chris Naumoff sacrificed, bringing on Jacques Faty, setting up Sydney FC’s tactic for the remainder as a defensive match.
Just after the half-hour mark Adelaide United very nearly hit the lead as Marcelo Carrusca got space outside the box. Carrusca sent his effort past the keeper but could only find the crossbar which kept it scoreless at halftime.
Adelaide United came out from the break determined to get in front and take full advantage of the man advantage. But for all of that Sydney FC were defending well and only a Vedran Janjetovic save kept it scoreless in the 55th minute after a good shot from Pablo Sanchez.
The attack from Adelaide United continued and in the 62nd minute they finally had the lead that they were searching for. Jeggo hit a shot that came off the crossbar before it fell back to Jeggo, allowing him to catch out Janjetovic and open the scoring.
Now a goal and a man down, Sydney FC were forced to respond, pushing forward and they found an equalizer in the 70th minute. A good run from Filip Holsko saw him sneak in to the Adelaide area, behind the defense and then chipped the ball over Eugene Galekovic to make it 1-1.
That stunned Adelaide United who was now forced to chase the game with Sydney FC looking content with a goal. Adelaide made changes late in the match in an effort to get back in to the match as Bruce Djite came in to the match to try and push for the three points.
The man who came on because of the red card became the villain with that position on the park seeming cursed. Faty fouled Dylan McGowan in the box, which allowed Carrusca to step up and bury the penalty to make it 2-1 and seal the win.