Adelaide United have braved sweltering conditions to beat A-League leaders Perth Glory 2-1 at nib Stadium in Perth on Monday night.
The Reds continued their unbeaten run against Glory, having already defeated the team from the west in the A-League and FFA Cup Final so far in 2014/15.
That form continued, with goals to Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo cancelling out Nebojsa Marinkovic’s early strike for the home side.
The match was scheduled to start at 5pm local time but was pushed back to 5:30pm due to the heat.
[quote]It made little difference, with the temperature still at 39 degrees when the whistle was blown for kick-off.[/quote]
It made little difference, with the temperature still at 39 degrees when the whistle was blown for kick-off.
Adelaide came out the more enterprising side, controlling the play and making the early running.
Marinkovic made the most of a rare attacking run for the Glory after receiving a wonderful ball from Irish striker Andy Keogh and putting it past Reds ‘keeper Paul Izzo in the 11th minute.
Goodwin levelled the scores in the 31st after pouncing on a mistake from Glory midfielder Richard Garcia.
Garcia found himself under pressure in his back half and tried to pass the ball to his ‘keeper in Danny Vukovic, but the ball was short and Goodwin found the back of the net.
Perth seemed to be the team suffering most in the oppressive conditions and, despite a brave showing from the majority of their players, began to wilt.
The second goal came as the game opened up and Adelaide began to run their opponents ragged.
Sergio Cirio combined with Bruce Djite to find Jeggo, who hammered home the winner from close range.
Perth were gallant in defeat, but two games in three days in hot conditions took its toll on the home side and the players will be looking forward to the break for the Asian Cup.
Adelaide will also be looking forward to some time off to re-group after some mixed results recently, but the players will take confidence from their continued dominance of the league-leaders.
The Reds are in third position and only six points from the top of the table.
A strong run post-break could still seem them finish with the Premier’s plate.
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