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Big week for Heart ends in draw

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It’s been a big week for Melbourne Heart with their first win followed by Manchester City buying the side, and it was nearly capped with a rare away win only for Adelaide to salvage a late 2-2 draw at Coopers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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The match did not get off to a great start with both teams struggling to find their feet and momentum before Heart started to get the upper hand at the quarter hour mark.

Despite that good opening Heart struggled to create any clear chances, outside of set-pieces, and in the 22nd minute paid the price as Adelaide hit the lead.

Jeronimo crossed the ball in for Awer Mabil who headed to goal only to be denied by an Andrew Redmayne save which allowed Bruce Djite to run on and head the ball home from a tight angle.

The Adelaide United defense was proving difficult to break down and the offensive work was keeping Heart busy, despite a lack of big chances.

Just before the break Adelaide had Eugene Galekovic to thank for keeping it 1-0 as a Mate Dugandzic free-kick forced a good save out of the keeper, a statement of intent from Heart.

Early in the second half Heart lost two key attacking outlets as Orlando Engelaar and Michael Mifsud both went off with niggles.

That mattered little as Heart found an equalizer in the 61st minute thanks to some careless defending from Nigel Boogaard who caught his man with his leg raised in the challenge, allowing Harry Kewell to step up and send Galekovic the wrong way for an equalizing goal.

Adelaide nearly hit back in the 74th minute as Marcelo Carrusca was able to get a header away from close range but it went just wide.

Five minutes later, a perfect free-kick allowed Heart to take the lead as Iain Ramsay curled in the set-piece allowing Patrick Kisnorbo to get a glancing header on the ball that left Galekovic no chance.

It took until the last minutes for Adelaide to salvage the point as Carrusca sent in a corner that new man, Ryan Griffiths, was able to run on and volley home for a dramatic winner.

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