Tim Cahill’s headed goal from a corner made a 1-0 win over Costa Rica a ‘typical Socceroos’ result, but there were wider, more significant changes to the side’s overall style of play.
As if it were possible, Graham Arnold’s work at the Central Coast Mariners has been almost underrated.
Mark Bridge’s simple tap-in proved the difference in a tight encounter.
A prominent feature of Sydney FC’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart was the attacking influence of Pedj Bojic.
Brisbane Roar took all three points thanks to Kwame Yeboah’s late screamer.
A ludicrous first half involving five goals and a red card gave way to a calmer second as Sydney held onto their narrow lead.
Perth recovered after going behind early to Andrew Durante’s rather unorthodox goal.
Kevin Muscat’s first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was a win over his former mentor, Ernie Merrick.
Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners is often touted as an interstate derby, but in recent years the trend has been for it to be quite a ‘tactical’ battle.