Adelaide United attacker Jeronimo Neumann scored a brace in the Reds' 3-1 win against Perth Glory in Sunday's A-League match in Adelaide.

Adelaide down Perth 3-1 in A-League

October 13, 2013
By Steve Larkin

Adelaide United attacker Jeronimo Neumann scored twice as the Reds downed Perth Glory 3-1 to triumphantly open their A-League season on Sunday.

Jeronimo's brace, and a Fabio Ferreira goal, gifted the Reds' new coach Josep Gombau a win on his A-League debut.

Perth striker Ryo Nagai scored for the visitors at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, but the Reds deservedly joined Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar as opening-round victors.

Jeronimo scored in the ninth minute with a swivelling right-footer which struck the near post and dribbled in.

But while Adelaide were seemingly still celebrating, Perth equalised.

Just 90 seconds later, Glory's Brazilian signing Sidnei Sciola, who was impressive on debut, tore along the left flank and, with a pinpoint cross, found Nagai unmarked near the penalty spot.

The Japanese striker scored with a neat header.

Despite Perth's blow, Adelaide enjoyed general control and Jeronimo netted again in the 25th minute.

The Argentine attacker scored after his teammate Ferreira's header was instinctively parried by Perth goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.

With Vukovic grounded, the ball fell kindly to Jeronimo who slotted his second into an open goal.

Adelaide's 2-1 halftime lead was just reward, the home side completing a whopping 80 more passes for the half than Perth.

But the tide turned early in the second half with Glory marksman Jamie Maclaren narrowly missing two chances in two minutes - a right-footer from 15 metres, and a close-range header which sailed just over the cross-bar.

Adelaide made the most of the reprieves 10 minutes later when their Spanish recruit Sergio Cirio angled a cross from the left flank which appeared to be sailing to a Perth defender metres from goal.

But the speedy Ferreira rushed from behind to pounce and shrewdly score with a side-boot to seal the win for the Reds, who were reduced to nine men when Isaias Sanchez was marched for a second booking in the 65th minute, followed by Nigel Boogaard suffering the same fate 15 minutes later.

Adelaide's new coach Josep Gombau was content to bank his first A-League win.

"I am so happy, but not for the way that we played because I think we didn't do a very good game in terms of style," Gombau said.

"But this is normal in the first game, the players have this pressure. But I am satisfied with the output, they bring 120 per cent (effort)."

Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards lamented missed opportunities by his side.

"We're disappointed to lose the game and it's disappointing the way we conceded the goals, a bit too easy for our liking," he said.

"But apart from that, we had some good signs, some of the young boys did well and if we took our chances, it would have been a lot closer."

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