Adelaide United’s fate could be lost after a 4-1 draw with Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.
As Sydney approached second place after Adelaide was reduced to 10 men his fate now a lottery in the final.
Jordan Elsey has been expelled as Adelaide is still in the top six but has four clubs capable of overtaking the Reds. 38 points.
The Reds will have to rely on different results and possibly a competitive game against Western Sydney at home in the last division on Thursday.
Adelaide’s urgent game plan crashed early when Adam Le Fondre Sydney nodded at the well-deserved lead when the clash was only six minutes old.
Adelaide chased shadows as Luke Brattan became the A -League, Rhyan Grant, who had the time and space to align his cross on a disorganized defense.
Le Fondre beat Ryan Strain to get the ball into the back of the net when glove maker James Delianov out of position.
Grant and Bobo had free headers the Reds couldn’t test, and Le Fondre only had Ryan Kitto to beat, but his shot was deflected by the legs of his left back.
Stefan Limping for most of the game, Mauk watched his canon in the 53rd minute before Adelaide-born Ryan McGowan made a brilliant, desperate block after the ricochet.
Le Fondre scored his second goal with a clever goal after Adelaide went out of shape with a classic counterattack in Sydney in the 54th minute.
Bobo made it 3-0 with another tip after a Le Fondre assistants after a VAR check for an offside call that was deemed fake.
The young Sydneyer Patrick Wood scored in the 71st minute with his first touches from the bench and scored the fourth goal for the away team. Substitute Reds Yaya Dukuly scored his first A-League goal with a cool finish in the 89th minute after a cut by Michael Marrone.
The clash reached a flashpoint in the first half when Elsey tackled Bobo with his cleats raised.
“If I stayed there (during the duel) with my legs (planted) they would be broken.”
Elsey was later sent off for fouling Le Fondre for a second warning in the 63rd minute.
It was easy to understand why Socceroos coach Graham Arnold named Sydney’s Grant, McGowan and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne for qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Kuwait from next week.
The trio was great and they did it last game of the season for Sydney at Hindmarsh.
McGowan’s presence and timing were impeccable, Grant owned the right wing despite playing on the right, and Redmayne was a stone in goal for most of the night.
It was obvious that injured striker Kusini Yengi was the biggest loss of the season with a thigh injury.
With Adelaide’s impressive defensive midfielder Juande also injured, Adelaide definitely missed the rush of the great striker.
His aggression caused him Big headache on defense for 90 minutes but not on Saturday in his absence.
Adelaide United 1 (Yaya Dukuly 89 m) Sydney FC 4 (Adam Le Fondre 6 m, 54 m, Bobo 58 m, Patrick Wood 71 m) at Coopers Stadium â ???? Referee: Daniel Elder
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