Wellington turned things around after Sidnei’s screamer, but Perth replied with three unanswered goals.
As expected for two sides committed to open, possession-based systems, this was an exciting match full of chances and attacking play.
Australia’s draw for the 2014 World Cup places them in the widely accepted ‘Group of Death’, alongside the two finalists from 2010 and the exciting, up and coming ‘dark horses’, Chile.
With a number of injuries depleting his squad, Alistair Edwards turned to an unorthodox formation for Perth’s clash against Brisbane Roar.
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.