Adelaide United climbed to fifth on the A-league table after an early goal from Marcelo Carrusca at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Josep Gombau’s in-form Adelaide team downed second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon after a gallant defensive display against last season’s minor premiers.
The victory, fresh off last week’s surprising dismissal of the Brisbane Roar, lifts United into the top six for the first time since November of last year.
The Reds had Argentinian superstar Marcelo Carrusca to thank for the win after the former Galatasaray midfielder poked home a controversial goal after just four minutes.
Replays showed that the ball had perhaps crossed the line before it was squared to Carrusca who netted his third goal of the season.
Carrusca continued to demonstrate why he is an invaluable presence in Adelaide’s midfield, playing striker Jeronimo Neumann through on goal with a beautifully-weighted pass, however Adelaide’s top-scorer was unable to capitalize.
Jeronimo found himself through on goal once again just moments later but again sent his shot just wide of goalkeeper Ante Covic’s goal.
Jeronimo injured himself in the process of running onto the through-ball and was attended to immediately by Adelaide’s medical-staff, which enabled him to re-enter the field of play after a short stint on the sidelines.
However, his team-mate Michael Zullo was not as fortunate, succumbing to an early injury after a knee collision which ended his afternoon on the pitch.
As the first-half came to a close, the Wanderers saw their first meaningful attempt at goal miss by inches after a superbly-taken Shinji Ono bicycle kick only just cleared Eugene Galekovic’s crossbar.
United striker Bruce Djite almost secured the win for the hosts when his long-range effort only just evaded Covic’s goal.
Adelaide’s latest signing and former Newcastle forward Ryan Griffiths made his first appearance at Coopers Stadium midway through the second half and almost became an instant hero after his low cross found Jeronimo late on in the half.
Jeronimo ran in front of his marker and hit a powerful first-time strike which forced Ante Covic into making a fingertip save.
Adelaide absorbed continuous pressure from the Wanderers and defended desperately during the final stages of the clash before referee Peter Green blew his whistle for the final time.
Written by Ellis Gelios