Del Piero strikes as Sydney win opener
Highlights: Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle Jets
SYDNEY -- Alessandro Del Piero scored in his first match as captain in Sydney FC's 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets in the opening match of the A-League on Friday.
In the 37th minute, Del Piero took the ball on the left wing and advanced into the box. Holding off four defenders, the former Juventus star picked up the loose ball in a scramble to slide it inside the far post.
The second goal came on the hourmark in a counter-attack which culminated with Del Piero teeing up midfielder Joel Chianese to score at the near post.
The four other opening-round matches to be played this weekend include a grand final rematch between champions Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.