Adelaide United brilliance beats Victory
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.