They were the four strikes heard around the world. Alessandro Del Piero's four-goal haul against Wellington Phoenix has gone global, capturing an audience in Europe and beyond.
Highlights of Sydney FC's 7-1 thrashing of Wellington Phoenix dominated headlines of football websites such as ESPN's Soccernet and 101 great goals, while Italian newspapers joined the chorus of praise for Del Piero.
''Alessandro has exalted himself and the Sky Blues were flying. Sydney was gifted to a great day to all of the fans with a humiliating 7-1 win against Wellington.'' Gazzetta Dello Sport wrote.
The Turin-based paper Tuttosport said the Italian star ''illuminated the game'' and described the match as ''an historic moment by Alessandro Del Piero''.
Sydney's poor start to the season prompted bitter criticism of the A-League in Italy, but Saturday's effort seems to have swayed many Calcio fans.
''I'm responding to those who lament this Series or that fact that the Australian league seems to be like Serie C. It's best to see in an inferior class, players who are at a higher level and play because they motivate the younger ones ... congratulations to Alessandro Del Piero and Sydney,'' wrote Bifolino on Gazzetta dello Sport's website.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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