Sydney FC steal last-minute win over Heart
On the brink of yet another defeat, Sydney FC scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to snatch a dramatic 2-1 A-League win over Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Socceroos tyro Richard Garcia put the visitors in front midway through the first half with veteran Brett Emerton levelling the scores in the 85th minute and Rhyan Grant netting the winner in the 93rd.
The Sky Blues were outplayed for most of the match but managed to come from behind to snatch the three points and climb off the bottom of the ladder - where they have sat for eight of the competition's 15 weeks.
Sydney are now in ninth place but equal on points with eight-placed Brisbane while the Heart remain in seventh.
It took less than two minutes for the Heart to penetrate the fragile Sydney defence with Nicholas Kalmar forcing a save from gloveman Vedran Janjetovic.
Garcia broke the deadlock in the 24th minute thanks to some superb lead-up work from Kalmar, the Heart midfielder beating Grant in the air to head home the goal.
Sydney coach Frank Farina took Ali Abbas off in the 39th minute to bring Blake Powell on.
The usually placid Iraqi International appeared furious over the decision and exchanged some heated words with Alessandro Del Piero, with many suspecting he felt the Italian had called on Farina to make the change.
Sebastian Ryall had the 13,125-strong crowd on their feet when it looked like he'd levelled but the desperate Sky Blues were denied by a correct offside ruling.
The hosts had their best chance to equalise when speedy Panamanian Yairo Yau sent a perfect pass in the box for the waiting Emerton with 20 minutes to go.
Emerton, one-on-one with the Heart 'keeper Andrew Redmayne, had the prefect chance to bring the hosts level, but in what will go down as one of the misses of the season, he sent his shot way over the crossbar.
Emerton made up for the miss when he got on the end of a great Terry McFlynn pass to slot home with his right foot.
The goal seemed to spark the Sky Blues into action with Del Piero setting Grant up with a superb pass and Grant made no mistake, slotting home the winning header in the final 90 seconds of the match.