Adelaide United brilliance beats Victory

Last updated 23:44 07/12/2012

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Adelaide United produced a barely believable half-hour of brutal brilliance in a 4-2 beating of  arch-rivals Melbourne Victory in Friday night's A-League fixture.

The Reds scored four goals and the Victory one in 32  breathtaking minutes which opened the Hindmarsh Stadium grudge  match.

Victory dangerman Marcos Rojas pegged a goal back in the second  half but the damage had been done by Adelaide's stunning early raid  before a near capacity crowd of 14,115 spectators.

Reds star Dario Vidosic crashed into his ex-teammate and now  Victory linchpin Marcos Flores in an opening second ripple which  create a punishing physical undercurrent to the contest.

Within two minutes, emerging Adelaide attacker Evan Kostopoulos  scored after his teammate Fabio Ferreira appeared to lose the ball  over the touch-line before passing.

By five minutes, Melbourne's Andrew Nabbout had netted a reply  when superbly played into scoring position by a Rojas dash along  the right side.

Adelaide went 2-1 up in the 21st minute when Ferreira scored,  benefiting from a precocious volley from Marcelo Carrusca - the  gifted Argentine was air-borne when he deftly used the outside of a  boot to gift Ferreira the chance.

Just four minutes later, Carrusca himself scored with a sweet,  curling left-footer.

And Carrusca provided another goal in the 32nd minute, the boom  recruit delivering a pin-point free kick which Kostopoulos' headed  into the net just metres from goal.

By half-time, there were five goals, six yellow cards and 16  fouls in a tempered affair in searing mid-30 degree heat which  prompted a drinks breaks midway through the half.

And Rojas continued the hot theme just two minutes into the  second half when he turned a defender inside the box and calmly  netted his sixth goal for the season.

Adelaide (22 points) rose to top with the win, though  second-placed Central Coast (20 points) can return to the head of  the table with a win against Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

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