Melbourne Heart has had the last laugh over the transfer saga of Socceroos captain Lucas Neill after defeating his new club Sydney FC 3-1 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Neill, making his A-League debut, was alleged to have all but given his word he would join the Heart before linking up with former national boss Frank Farina in Sydney.
But the Heart had their revenge after Nick Kalmar, Jonatan Germano and David Williams gave the club a three-goal advantage, before Sydney striker Joel Griffiths claimed a consolation goal.
Seb Ryall was shown a straight red card after pulling down Williams in the penalty area just after the half-time break.
Earlier in the day, Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Westpac Stadium in New Zealand.
Adelaide struck first through Tomi Juric before visiting goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic was robbed of the ball, giving Jeremy Brockie the easiest finishes.
However, United went into the break with a 2-1 lead after Argentine Marcelo Carrusca struck with a contender for goal of the season.
But a second yellow card to United's Jon McKain turned the game in the second half, and on-loan striker Corey Gameiro salvaged a draw for the Phoenix.