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Australia: Victory down Adelaide in heated ALM clash

Fornaroli familiar ALM foe for Popovic

  Fornaroli familiar ALM foe for Popovic Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out but Perth Glory boast another key attacking weapon who has Melbourne Victory on edge ahead of Sunday's A-League Men clash.As coach of Perth two years ago, Popovic recruited Fornaroli to lead an unprecedented period of A-League Men success for Glory.

Melbourne Victory substitute Nishan Velupillay has scored the winner in a fiery 2-1 away win over bitter A-League Men's foes Adelaide United.

Adelaide's Isaias Sanchez Cortes (c) is tackled by Gbenga Folami during Victory's 2-1 ALM win. © Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS Adelaide's Isaias Sanchez Cortes (c) is tackled by Gbenga Folami during Victory's 2-1 ALM win.

Velupillay's and Italian teammate Francesco Margiotta both scored their first goals in the league on a heated Saturday night in Adelaide.

Their feats delivered Victory a deserved triumph, though a fortunate goal from Adelaide's Jacob Tratt briefly squared the score.

The Reds remain winless - now with a loss and three draws - while Tony Popovic banks a third win from four starts as Victory's coach.

Roar, Reds share points in ALM stalemate

  Roar, Reds share points in ALM stalemate Brisbane Roar have picked up their first point of the A-League Men season, forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in their home clash against Adelaide at Redcliffe.The Roar, bottom of the ladder after back-to-back defeats in Melbourne over the opening two weekends of the competition, had several chances to break the deadlock at Moreton Daily Stadium but couldn't find a finishing touch.

The Coopers Stadium clash was punctuated by eight yellow cards - including four in a five-minute explosion - and two for the game to Melbourne's Jason Davidson, who was sent off.

Margiotta gave Victory the lead in the 59th minute when the 28-year-old was in the right place at the right time.

His influential teammate Jake Brimmer launched a thundering 20-metre shot which forced a brilliant diving save from Reds goalkeeper James Delianov.

The rebound fell to the creative Marco Rojas near the far post who popped the ball over his head into the area where Margiotta was standing unattended - he duly converted.

Just 11 minutes later, Adelaide's Tratt was fortunately awarded a goal when he wasn't even looking at the net.

Reds winger Ben Halloran aimed a well-struck shot which flew into a crowded penalty area and just brushed Tratt's head before plopping over the goal-line.

Western Australia's bid to poach Ashes Test from Adelaide slammed

  Western Australia's bid to poach Ashes Test from Adelaide slammed Western Australia was due to host the fifth round in January but its tough border closure and quarantine rules has made it impossible.The state was due to host the fifth round in January but its tough border closure and quarantine rules has made it next to impossible.

But two of Victory's subs combined eight minutes later to seal the win with Robbie Kruse issuing a gold-plated cross to the 20-year-old Velupillay, who tapped-in from a metre out.

Earlier, a simmering first half boiled over midway through when five yellow cards were given in 13 minutes, incuding four in a five-minute span.

Adelaide striker Kusini Yengi was first into the book in the 26th minute for a blatant dive when charging into the box - Victory's Roderick Miranda, Davidson and Adelaide's Isaias soon followed as tensions erupted.

United winger Ben Halloran also was cautioned in the 39th minute by referee Adam Kersey, who marched Victory's Davidson for his second yellow card in the 88th minute for a studs-up challenge.

Lyon the day-five danger man in Adelaide .
Travis Head has identified Nathan Lyon as Australia's danger man on day five in Adelaide, as England fight to avoid going 2-0 down in the Ashes.England face a mighty task to save the second Test, resuming at 4-82 in pursuit of a target of 468 and needing to bat out all of Monday with just six wickets to force a draw.

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