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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Adelaide beat Wellington in A-League

Steve Larkin

Gifted Argentine Marcelo Carrusca scored twice and created another goal as Adelaide United defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-1 in Sunday's A-League match.

Second-placed Adelaide opened an eight-point break from Melbourne Victory in third spot with their home win at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The victory kept Adelaide one point shy of league leaders Central Coast with Carrusca scoring two goals in five minutes and setting up another for Fabio Ferreira.

A week after his coach John Kosmina said Carrusca would prove to be the best import in the league, the former Argentina under 20 representative offered compelling evidence for Kosmina's case.

Carrusca's first goal, in the 19th minute, was fortunate - he wafted a 20 metre free kick into the box and teammate Osama Malik missed the header and Phoenix goalkeeper Mark Paston missed the ball.

Five minutes later, striker Bruce Djite shrewdly played Carrusca into space and, too easily, he slid past a Wellington defender onto his favoured left side and launched from 15m to beat a diving Paston.

Wellington, anchored in seventh spot with just three wins, were unjustly denied a reply three minutes later when dangerman Paul Ifill's shot beat Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and was headed for the net.

Phoenix striker Stein Huysegems could have watched the ball roll in but instead slid to tap-in - only to be incorrectly ruled offside.

Wellington's fate was sealed seconds before halftime when Carrusca delivered a visionary pass to give Ferreira a golden run at goal and the Portuguese speedster made no mistake from six metres.

Phoenix attacker Dani Sanchez collected a consolation goal in the 81st minute when he blasted a close-range shot into 'keeper Galekovic, gathered the rebound, and scored.

And Wellington's woes continued into the last play of the game when Tyler Boyd, awarded a penalty, had his shot spectacularly saved by Galekovic.

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