A frantic first half saw five goals in thirty-five minutes, but Adelaide were unable to equalise despite dominating the rest of the match.
Cirio scored with virtually the last kick of the game to steal all three points for Adelaide.
It beggars belief how this thrilling, absorbing match between the top two sides so far this season finished 0-0.
Marcelo Carrusca’s penalty sealed Adelaide United’s come-from-behind win.
Nikolai Petkovic’s red card at the end of regular time meant Sydney FC went down to 10 for extra time, where Bruce Djite’s double proved decisive.
All the action unfolded at the very end of an otherwise tight, tepid match, where for once, the cliche ‘a tactical battle’ isn’t misleading
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The Mariners emerged victorious in a tight match low on chances.
The defending champions host Josep Gombau’s Adelaide in an exciting preliminary final.