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A-League: Sydney 2 Melbourne Heart 1

15 December 2013 09:38

Alessandro Del Piero scored on his return from injury as Sydney held on for a 2-1 A-League victory over winless Melbourne Heart.

The Italian, who missed last week's loss to Central Coast Mariners with a hamstring injury, ignited a dour first half with a brilliant individual goal in the 43rd minute before Ranko Despotovic made it 2-0 on the stroke of the interval.

But there was no sign of Del Piero after the break, with Brett Emerton making his return from a leg injury in place of the skipper.

Harry Kewell was introduced for the Heart in the 57th minute and missed a penalty nine minutes later after Joel Chianese handled the ball in the area.

The Australia veteran atoned when he was involved in the lead up to Michael Misfud's 72nd-minute goal as the Heart cut the deficit to 2-1.

But the hosts, who sit third, claimed the points to make it five wins from their last six league games, while Melbourne remain rooted to the foot of the table.

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Competition
A-League
Date
15 December 2013
Game week
10
Kick-off
07:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Allianz Stadium (Sydney)
Attendance
16008

Goals

1 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
21
15
1
5
# Player Bookings
23
10
14
6
20

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A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
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6 0 +0 0
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