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Sydney FC, Perth draw in A-League clash

By Philip Henderson 19/11/2005 10:25:45 PM Comments (0)

Sydney FC temporarily claimed outright top spot but were somewhat fortunate to come away with a 0-0 draw against the Perth Glory in Saturday's A-League blockbuster at Aussie Stadium.

Despite boasting the two best attacking records in the A-League - and arguably two of the most decorated strikeforces in Australian club football history - neither side could land the killer blow in an entertaining and absorbing match played in front of a 16,242-strong crowd.

Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski gave Japanese great Kazuyoshi Miura his first start with the club, but it was Perth which enjoyed the bulk of the scoring opportunities, particularly in the first half where it could have gone two or three goals ahead.

Sydney's other star striker Dwight Yorke added some extra spark to the home side's attack after coming off the bench early in the second half.

But despite Perth fielding 20-year-old rookie shot-stopper Milan Jovanic in place of veteran 'keeper Jason Petkovic, out with the flu, Sydney failed to breach the Glory's goal.

The draw puts Sydney one point ahead of Adelaide on top of the table, but the Reds will likely overtake their rivals on Sunday when they play strugglers New Zealand Knights.

Perth remain in third, three points ahead of Newcastle which plays Queensland on Sunday.

After leading Trinidad and Tobago to its maiden World Cup finals berth on Thursday (AEDT), Yorke skipped celebrations in the Caribbean to make himself available for the clash - arriving back in Sydney late Friday night from Bahrain.

Littbarski, however, opted against starting Yorke, placing the former Manchester United star on the bench instead.

Not that he stayed there for long. After warming up with the rest of the bench behind Sydney's goal 15 minutes into the first half, Yorke spent the best part of half-an-hour signing autographs and speaking to fans in the south-western corner of the ground.

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