Sydney FC went 13 points clear at the top of the A-League after coming from behind to hammer Melbourne Victory 4-1.

The league leaders fell behind in the fifth minute, Marco Rojas breezing past Alex Wilkinson all too easily before rifling home an early opener.

Yet Milos Ninkovic levelled prior to half-time and Sydney led when Anthony Caceres curled a 64th-minute effort in off the post from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later Le Fondre, the A-League's top scorer this season, chipped over Lawrence Thomas for his 16th goal of the season, with Giancarlo Gallifuoco only diverting the ball into the corner with his desperate intervention on the line.

The hosts ended the game with 10 men when last-man Tim Hoogland was somewhat harshly dismissed for a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge on substitute Trent Buhagiar in the area three minutes from time.

With Le Fondre off the pitch, Kosta Barbarouses stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 4-1 and leave Graham Arnold's side 13 points clear of Melbourne City, who they also have a game in hand on.

Besart Berisha, the A-League's all-time top scorer, added another two to his tally in Western United's 5-1 demolition of Adelaide United.

Riley McGree had cancelled out Berisha's first, but Alessandro Diamanti, Max Burgess and Connor Pain all found the net before the visitors' prolific striker scored his second of the game and 15th of the season.

The win moved Western United above Adelaide into sixth.

Andrew Nabbout's spectacular 91st-minute strike secured a much-needed 2-1 A-League win for Melbourne Victory at home to Adelaide United on Saturday.

Victory peppered the Adelaide goal but looked set to fall short in their bid for a first league win since January 5 as they trailed to Kristian Opseth's fine early finish.

George Blackwood hit the crossbar as the visitors threatened a second approaching the hour-mark, only for Marco Rojas to quickly equalise at the other end, getting ahead of his marker and prodding past Paul Izzo.

The match was still level at the end of normal time, but Nabbout cut inside from the left flank and arrowed a stunning drive high past Izzo from the corner of the area to steal all three points.

Victory moved back ahead of Newcastle Jets, who had temporarily leapfrogged the Melbourne side earlier in the day courtesy of head coach Carl Robinson's first win.

The Jets' 2-1 triumph over Perth Glory also featured a magnificent goal, with Nikolai Topor-Stanley finding the top-right corner from 25 yards to open the scoring after 12 minutes.

Neil Kilkenny equalised from the penalty spot after Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard's handball, yet Roy O'Donovan hit a 74th-minute winner.

Perth remain second in the table but are now winless in three in all competitions.

New Newcastle Jets head coach Carl Robinson was denied a first home win despite a dominant first half against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps boss Robinson was appointed prior to a home success against Central Coast Mariners earlier this month but watched that match from the stands.

The Jets subsequently drew 1-1 at Western Sydney Wanderers and were then held by the same scoreline by the Victory.

Newcastle twice had early Abdiel Arroyo goals ruled out, the first after referee Alireza Faghani inadvertently deflected a cross into the striker's path.

But Melbourne's luck ran out when Roy O'Donovan blasted Dimitrios Petratos' cutback against the crossbar and, after a short delay, the VAR ruled the ball had bounced over the line.

However, half-time killed the Jets' momentum, and visiting captain Ola Toivonen headed an equaliser four minutes after the restart to claim a share of the spoils.

It was also 1-1 between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory in Saturday's earlier game.

Perth climbed to second with a point but were denied all three by former Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey, who cancelled out Bruno Fornaroli's first-half opener five minutes from time.

Melbourne City clinched a narrow 2-1 derby win over Melbourne Victory on Friday to consolidate their place in second in the A-League, but Perth Glory remain hot on their heels after winning a thriller with Wellington Phoenix.

At AAMI Park, Florin Berenguer put City in charge with just eight minutes played, turning in from the edge of the box after Adrian Luna produced a remarkable flick to beat his man on the right flank and squared to the Frenchman.

They doubled their advantage 19 minutes from time in style, Jamie Maclaren netting after Craig Noone slipped Berenguer into the box and his back-heel set up the finishing touch.

Ola Toivonen gave Victory some hope when his free-kick was inexplicably allowed in by goalkeeper Tom Glover, who fumbled the effort over the line, but it mattered little in the end.

Glory remain just a point behind City with a game in hand after a gripping 4-2 win over Wellington, with all six goals coming after the 43rd minute.

Tomislav Mrcela opened the scoring with a close-range header, before Nicholas D'Agostino made it 2-0 just before the interval, finishing off a well-worked move in the penalty area.

D'Agostino netted again when nodding in Kim Soo-beom's left-wing cross, but the introduction of Gary Hooper appeared to restore some hope for Phoenix, as the former Celtic striker struck twice in eight minutes wither side of Tim Payne's dismissal for two yellow cards.

But Bruno Fornaroli prevented any late turnaround, curling home from just outside the area late on to wrap up victory in the Distance Derby.

Ben Halloran scored twice as Adelaide United swept aside second-place Melbourne City 3-1 in the A-League on Saturday.

Halloran opened the scoring in the 12th minute, lashing home from 10 yards after Craig Noone had made a mess of an attempted clearance.

Noone made amends four minutes later, however, powering a left-foot effort from 12 yards past Paul Izzo to draw the visitors level.

Halloran restored the hosts' advantage four minutes before the interval, heading home at the back post from a corner, while George Blackwood made it three in first-half stoppage time with a thunderous header from six yards.

City's misery was compounded 14 minutes from time when Harrison Delbridge received a third red card of the campaign for an ugly challenge on Nikola Mileusnic.

The result moves Adelaide up to fifth, while City remain 13 points behind leaders Sydney FC, who have a game in hand.

Perth Glory are a point behind City after a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at HBF Park.

The visitors forged ahead in the 22nd minute when Ola Toivonen whipped into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Bruno Fornaroli pulled the hosts level in first-half injury time with a low free-kick from 20 yards, but Andrew Nabbout restored Victory's lead shortly before the hour mark courtesy of a cool finish from a quick break.

Nicholas D'Agostino ensured a share of the spoils, though, hammering home a header from six yards in the 90th minute.

The result leaves Victory in in eighth place on 16 points, six ahead of rock-bottom Newcastle Jets, who drew 0-0 with Western United in the day's other game.

Adam le Fondre pulled clear at the top of the A-League scoring charts with his 14th goal of the season in a dominant 3-0 Sydney FC win at Melbourne Victory.

Le Fondre, previously tied with Jamie Maclaren on 13, applied a close-range finish shortly before the half-hour mark to open the scoring and tee up a simple Sydney victory.

The league leaders are now 11 points clear having added to their advantage in the second half.

Kosta Barbarouses, Le Fondre's strike partner, doubled Sydney's lead, before Alexander Baumjohann made it 3-0 with his first goal for the club.

However, both sides ended with 10 men, as Leigh Broxham, already on a booking, brought down Baumjohann, who lashed out and was shown a straight red card.

Earlier in the day, Wellington Phoenix edged past basement side Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Sky Stadium.

Newcastle peppered the home goal with 28 attempts but could find no way through before substitute Jaushua Sotirio netted for Phoenix with his first touch after 53 minutes.

A Jets goal finally arrived 13 minutes later through Abdiel Arroyo, yet Wellington's response was swift, Ulises Davila - the creator of the opener - striking to clinch the points.

Adelaide United beat Melbourne Victory 1-0 on Friday to end their four-match losing streak in the A-League.

A first-half goal from Ben Halloran was enough to give the home side all three points at Coopers Stadium.

In their first game since head coach Marco Kurz was sacked and replaced by interim boss Carlos Perez Salvachua, Victory were left to rue missed opportunities as they dropped down to seventh in the table, with Adelaide climbing to fifth.

Victory saw a penalty overturned by VAR after Jordan Elsey was initially penalised for handball, and the first half got worse 32 minutes in when Halloran bundled the ball in at the back post after goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas failed to hold Riley McGree's effort.

Andrew Nabbout fired narrowly wide and Paul Izzo produced three fine saves to keep Victory at bay, before only the woodwork denied Nikola Mileusnic a second for Adelaide.

Melbourne Victory have sacked head coach Marco Kurz, the A-League giants announced on Wednesday.

Victory turned to former Adelaide United boss Kurz as a replacement for club legend Kevin Muscat at the start of the season, but the German only lasted 13 matches.

The decision comes following a controversial and last-gasp 3-2 defeat away to lowly Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, with Kurz sent off for abusing the fourth official.

Kurz, along with his assistant Filip Tapalovic, leave Victory as they sit sixth in the standings and 19 points adrift of leaders Sydney FC.

Assistant coach Carlos Salvachua will take over for the remainder of the season.

Substitute Matt Simon scored two injury-time penalties as Central Coast Mariners ended a long wait for a win over Melbourne Victory with a dramatic VAR-dominated 3-2 triumph in Sunday's A-League clash.

Victory, who were unbeaten in their previous 18 contests against the Mariners, appeared set for three points after taking the lead with 12 minutes to go through Kye Rowles' own goal.

Drama ensued in Gosford, though, as Simon levelled from the spot after the VAR noticed a handball by James Donachie, and he kept his cool again in the 100th minute of the contest when Leigh Broxham was pinged for a foul on Michael McGlinchey.

In between those goals, Simon was booked for his part in a scuffle between the two sets of players after accidentally backing into Adama Traore as the match finished in frenetic fashion.

Kiki Dobras put the visitors ahead after eight minutes after his deflected shot left Mariners keeper Mark Birighitti no chance.

Jordan Murray's thumping header levelled proceedings just before the half-time whistle and Rowles had a goal ruled out after a VAR check for the most marginal of offside calls.

The luckless Rowles then scored in his own goal when Traore's cross rebounded off the post, but the Mariners' fortunes turned in a hectic finale.

Simon was originally judged to have handled in the area before VAR overruled and penalised Donachie, with the veteran Mariners forward smashing in the spot-kick.

A tussle saw Simon's shirt ripped and he was booked along with Victory pair Traore and Broxham, whose evening was made even worse when he brought down McGlinchey in the area.

Simon hammered the penalty into the top-right corner as the second-bottom Mariners downed the play-off chasing Victory, who saw coach Marco Kurz red-carded for his remonstrations with the fourth official.

Robbie Kruse inspired Melbourne Victory to a thumping 4-0 home win over A-League strugglers Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

Victory took the lead in just the ninth minute at AAMI Park, Kruse racing on to a clever pass in behind the defence from Leigh Broxham and squeezing his finish past goalkeeper Glen Moss.

The A-League's bottom side were able to hold Victory at bay for the rest of the first half but the points were safe for the hosts within 20 minutes of the restart.

Migjen Basha marked his 33rd birthday with the second goal and his first strike for Victory, tucking in the rebound after Moss could only parry a drive from Kruse back into the danger zone.

Kruse was proving impossible to stop and, when he raided down the right channel to pick out Andrew Nabbout with a cutback, the ex-Jets attacker slammed in a low drive but refused to celebrate against his old club.

To make matters worse for a poor Jets side, Victory made it 4-0 in the closing stages when a cross from Anthony Lesiotis was turned into his own goal by defender Matthew Millar.

A second straight win for Victory after their surprise derby success away to Melbourne City lifts Marco Kurz's side to seventh in the A-League.

Perth Glory humiliated Newcastle Jets as Melbourne Victory breathed life into their A-League campaign with a much-needed derby triumph on Saturday.

Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC began the triple-header with an entertaining four-goal draw but the majority of the goalmouth action was to be found in a stunning 6-2 result at Perth's HBF Park.

Diego Castro guided home a brilliant free-kick and Neil Kilkenny converted a penalty after Nikolai Topor-Stanley's equaliser to give Tony Popovic's team a slim advantage at the interval, before the visitors began to fall apart.

Joel Chianese struck within a minute of the restart and, though Steven Ugarkovic grabbed one back, that was as good as it got for the Jets.

Bruno Fornaroli hit a 12-minute brace and Castro completed his double seven minutes from the end to cap a dominant display from the resurgent premiers, who would have had a seventh through James Meredith if not Chianese's handball in the build-up.

Ola Toivonen had earlier been Victory's two-goal hero at AAMI Park as his first-half headers consigned second-placed Melbourne City to a 2-1 loss.

Harrison Delbridge halved the deficit from a corner in the 56th minute but Victory held firm to register their third win of the season.

The derby defeat meant City failed to capitalise on Sydney FC's slip-up against Wellington, the leaders fortunate to gain a 2-2 draw at Westpac Stadium after taking a 14th-minute lead through Adam Le Fondre.

Reno Piscopo responded just over 10 minutes later and set up Ulises Davila to give Wellington the lead before half-time.

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay was on course to celebrate victory over his former employers until Steven Taylor diverted a free-kick into his own net, an error compounded by Davila's point-blank miss with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Western Sydney Wanderers suffered a fifth successive loss as Perth Glory's resurgence continued in a 2-0 win in the final game of the A-League's triple-header on Saturday.

Glory defenders Gregory Wuthrich and Alex Grant scored from set-pieces either side of half-time to pile further pressure on beleaguered Wanderers boss Markus Babbel.

His team went unbeaten through the opening four rounds but have now failed to gain a point since the beginning of November.

Reigning premiers Perth, convincing 3-0 winners over Melbourne City last weekend, are up to fifth.

Marco Kurz finds himself in a similar position to compatriot Babbel following Melbourne Victory's disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Wellington Phoenix in the early match.

The signings of Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout sparked excitement in pre-season but Kurz's men have been held to a single goal or less in all but one of their 10 games this term.

It could have been worse for the hosts given they were forced to play with 10 men after Kristijan Dobras, who hit the post in the first half, was shown a straight red card on the hour for a high boot on Cameron Devlin.

Luke DeVere headed against the crossbar for Wellington, who remain two points ahead of eighth-placed Victory.

Meanwhile, at Jubilee Stadium, Sydney FC extended their lead at the top to a commanding eight points.

The Sky Blues prevailed 1-0 over a plucky Central Coast Mariners side thanks to Kosta Barbarouses' fifth-minute goal, the striker converting Rhyan Grant's cross.

Besart Berisha came back to haunt his former employers Melbourne Victory as he scored a brace in Western United's 3-1 derby success.

The 34-year-old striker - the only man to have scored over 100 times in the A-League - spent four goal-laden seasons with Victory before leaving in 2018.

Berisha's former club took the lead 14 minutes in on Sunday, Andrew Nabbout running into the box down the right and arrowing a finish into the far corner following a counter.

Yet Victory were served a reminder of their former striker's quality three minutes later as Berisha met a near-post Connor Pain cross with a flicked header for United's first goal in 319 minutes.

Panagiotis Kone turned home Alessandro Diamanti's free-kick in the 24th minute to put United ahead and though James Donachie came close to equalising when he hit the bar, Berisha headed in his second, and 120th A-League goal, before half-time to seal a 3-1 victory.

Adelaide United got back on track as James Troisi scored an 83rd-minute winner in a 2-1 home victory over Newcastle Jets.

The hosts had won four A-League games in a row before losing 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix last time out, though they were ahead at the break when George Blackwood applied the finish following excellent work from teenager Al Hassan Toure.

Matthew Millar headed Newcastle level just after the resumption but Troisi beat two defenders before rolling home past Glen Moss to earn three points for third-placed Adelaide.

Robbie Kruse scored his first A-League goal since 2011 to fire Melbourne Victory to a 1-0 win over Perth Glory that lifts them above their opponents into sixth.

Kruse, making his first start since rejoining the club in July after eight years away, tapped in from a few yards out with 33 minutes played for what proved to be the only goal of Friday's game at AAMI Park.

Neil Kilkenny went close with a long-range attempt, but Kruse soon found a way through up the other end after being teed up by Andrew Nabbout.

Glory had lost just one of their last 18 away league matches and nearly kept that record intact as Bruno Fornaroli rattled the post five minutes into the second half.

A good chance also came and went for Alex Grant, whose looping header skimmed the crossbar on its way over, as Victory held on for a first win in five matches.

Riley McGree ended a torrid week on a high by scoring a brace in Adelaide United's 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

The 21-year-old midfielder was one of four Olyroos players handed long suspensions - McGree's runs until April 1, 2020 - following an incident involving a woman in Cambodia when on international duty seven months ago.

But his goals, along with a Migjen Basha own goal, helped United extend their A-League winning streak to four matches with a convincing result at Coopers Stadium, where Ola Toivonen scored for the visitors.

That win keeps United hot on the heels of second-placed Sydney FC, who beat Perth Glory 3-1 in a game marked by controversial VAR rulings.

Diego Castro tugged Milos Ninkovic's shirt before the player went to ground and the decision to give a penalty was upheld by VAR, allowing Adam Le Fondre to open the scoring with a powerful spot-kick.

The home crowd seethed at what looked an unjust opener until Neil Kilkenny's high ball forward was headed down by Joel Chianese into the path of Bruno Fornaroli who opened his body and volleyed into the corner of the net to restore parity one minute before half-time.

But Sydney restored their lead when Kosta Barbarouses appeared to come from an offside position before racing through on goal and scoring with a deflected strike, and Ninkovic then finished a neat passing move with a side-footed finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Fornaroli had a goal disallowed for offside as Perth piled forward but Tony Popovic's men were left to reflect on a second consecutive home defeat in the league.

Elsewhere, Ufuk Talay delivered his first win as coach of Wellington Phoenix, who survived a late fightback from Brisbane Roar to emerge with a 2-1 victory at Westpac Stadium.

Steven Taylor put the A-League strugglers ahead when he rose above Macaulay Gillesphey to head home Ulises Davila's dinked cross after 10 minutes, and Davila ensured the momentum stayed with Wellington when he skipped through Brisbane's defence before beating Max Crocombe with a shot from the edge of the box.

Stefan Mauk gave Robbie Fowler's men late hope when he turned Brad Inman's cut-back into the net with five minutes left but a flurry of chances failed to deliver an equaliser as the Roar lost for the third time in five league outings.


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