On the other hand, Adelaide United’s finals chances have been given a significant boost as they jump up to fourth place, pushing five points clear of the seventh placed Newcastle Jets.
Adelaide dominated the match, but Sydney FC started well and could well have had an early opener as a poor back pass allowed Sydney a corner which Sasa Ognenovski headed just wide.
Moments later Alessandro Del Piero nearly had an assist as he beat his defender and sent a through ball for Alec Urosevski who sent his effort wide.
If it wasn’t for Ognenovski, Sydney FC would have been behind as his desperate lunge denied Adelaide United in the ninth minute.
But in the 13th minute Adelaide United did have their opener as Marcelo Carrusca sent a through ball for Fabio Ferreira who beat Ognenovski and shifted the ball before shooting past Vedran Janjetovic.
Adelaide’s attacking play frustrated Sydney FC and in the 29th minute lead to a firey confrontation as Urosovski went studs up on Carrusca, earning a yellow card and leading to a scuffle that took three minutes to break up.
That scuffle did seem to break Adelaide’s concentration as they weren’t able to be the attacking force they had been, forced to settle for a 1-0 lead at the break.
It didn’t take long after the break for Adelaide United to find their second as Carrusca made a run through the middle but his effort was deflected, falling for Sergio Cirio who hit the ball hard and low to make it two.
In the 66th minute Del Piero saw his night come to an end as Matt Thompson came on in his place, in what was to prove a smart substitution as Nikola Petkovic sent a ball for Thompson who was in space and able to send the ball home.
Sydney’s charge was interrupted as a pitch invader ruined the match, interrupting the flow of the game and severely hurting Sydney FC.
With two minutes to play Adelaide sealed the match as Bruce Djite used his strength to turn and slam the ball home to seal the 3-1 win.