January 11, 2013
Adelaide beat Perth 3-2 in A-League
Adelaide United import Jeronimo Neumann made the most of a sudden call-up to score twice in a 3-2 victory against Perth Glory in Friday night's A-League match.
Neumann came from the bench when Adelaide frontman Bruce Djite limped off after injuring a groin muscle just 80 seconds into the Hindmarsh Stadium fixture.
The second-placed Reds kept pressure on league leaders Central Coast with a win also featuring a stunning Iain Ramsay goal, before two Glory goals in the final four minutes gave Adelaide a fright.
Adelaide trail the Mariners by one point ahead of the pacesetter's away fixture against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
Neumann's first goal came through good fortune, the second through Dario Vidosic.
The Argentine opened scoring in the 29th minute when Perth defender Scott Jamieson swung a leg in an attempted clearance near the penalty spot.
Jamieson badly miscued, just making enough contact with the ball to plop it over Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and into Neumann's path for a tap in.
Eight minutes later, Vidosic delivered a calculating through pass to give Neumann a run at goal, and the striker trickled a left-footer past the approaching Vukovic which rolled slowly into the net.
Perth should have equalised two minutes later when three players had scoring shots in a pinball episode.
Steven McGarry powered a long range attempt into a side bar, the ball fell to Shane Smeltz who blasted into a Reds defender and the rebound went to Liam Miller, whose shot was saved by Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic.
The fifth-placed Glory, winless from their past four games and losing touch with the top four, slipped further behind one minute into the second half when Ramsay netted a cracking one-timer.
A Vidosic corner was cleared by the Glory but the ball fell invitingly towards Ramsay, who sized up from 15 metres and powered a left-footer into the top corner to beat a diving Vukovic.
But Perth scored twice in the dying stages - a contentious 89th minute penalty to Shane Smeltz after he went to ground from slight contact with Reds defender Antony Golec, and a McGarry strike a minute before the final whistle.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina said Djite's strained groin unsettled his side.
"You get a substitute that early ... we didn't panic, but we were shaky," Kosmina said.
"But we got three points against a really difficult team to play against."
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson said he was proud of the fight shown by his players, but lamented costly lapses.
"The first half I thought we played really well and to go down 2-0 (at halftime) was disappointing," he said.
"... But the pleasing thing or the positives that come out of it were we never stopped playing."
|Adelaide United||Perth Glory|
|1 Eugene Galekovic||1 Daniel Vukovic|
|5 Iain Fyfe||3 Bas Van den Brink|
|6 Cassio||8 Dean Heffernan|
|12 Anthony Golec||5 Steve Pantelidis|
|16 Daniel Bowles||21 Scott Jamieson|
|17 Iain Ramsay||10 Liam Miller|
|10 Dario Vidosic||7 Jacob Burns|
|18 Fabian Barbiero||13 Travis Dodd|
|14 Cameron Watson||9 Shane Smeltz|
|11 Bruce Djite||14 Steven McGarry|
|23 Evan Kostopoulos||12 Ryo Nagai|
|20 Paul Izzo||Lewis Italiano 30|
|2 Osama Malik||Nick Ward 6|
|24 Awer Mabil||Jesse Makarounas 18|
|21 Jeronimo Neumann||Brandon ONeill 15|
|Jeronimo Neumann for Bruce Djite (5)||Nick Ward for Ryo Nagai (46)|
|Awer Mabil for Evan Kostopoulos (82)||Jesse Makarounas for Travis Dodd (71)|
|Jeronimo Neumann for Bruce Djite (5)||Brandon ONeill for Liam Miller (75)|
|Osama Malik for Fabian Barbiero (86)|
|Eugene Galekovic (18)||Bas Van den Brink (59)|
|· Squads: Adelaide United | Perth Glory|