Perth Glory 0-3 Sydney FC
Sydney FC won their first game of the A-League season when they beat Perth Glory 3-0 away at NIB Stadium in Perth tonight.
Perth stay 8th on the ladder and Sydney are still last, but just a point adrift of second-last Newcastle Jets.
It was Perth’s sixth straight loss and their third in a row at home, while for Sydney, it was their first clean sheet of the season.
The fact that possession does not mean everything was made quite clear in this game, with Perth having 56 per cent of possession and still losing by a three-goal margin.
Perth had the first chance of the game when Michael Baird beat Sydney keeper Ivan Necevski to a right-wing cross but headed wide.
Two minutes later, Shannon Cole’s free-kick for Sydney was turned wide by a diving Perth keeper Aleks Vrteski.
Bruno Cazarine, Sydney’s Brazilian import, put the visitors ahead in the 25th minute, outjumping Scott Neville at the far post following Byun Sung-Hwan’s free-kick from deep on the right and heading past Vrteski.
Alex Brosque made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute. Terry McFlynn won the ball in midfield and released Cole down the left, and his cross almost found Cazarine. The ball was only partially cleared and rolled back for Brosque to smash home with his trusty left foot.
Eight minutes from the end, it was 3-0 as Cazarine gained possession in his own half and ran down the left before beating Jamie Coyne and firing low past Vrteski and inside the far right-hand post from inside the box.
Perth Glory: Vrteski - Neville, Coyne, Harnwell, Howarth - Pellegrini (Pearson 55), Burns, McGarry - Jelic (Skorich 73), Fowler, Baird (Sterjovski 54) [Substitute not used: Velaphi]
Booked: Pellegrini 22, Burns 43, Baird 54, Sterjovski 90+3
Sydney FC: Necevski - Cole, Kelleer, Foxe, Byun Sung-Hwan (Jamieson 83) - McFlynn, Grant - Moriyasu (Ryall 83), Carle (Bridge 62), Brosque - Cazarine [Substitute not used: Reddy]
Booked: Byun Sung-Hwan 12, Carle 32
Goals: Cazarine 25, 82, Brosque 53
Ref: B Williams