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Football: Hersi double as Wanderers keep winning in A-League

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Dutch winger Youssouf Hersi grabbed a double as newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers outplayed Adelaide United 4-2 for a fourth straight win in Australia's A-League on Sunday.

Wanderers pulled clear of troubled Adelaide into outright third spot four points behind leaders Central Coast Mariners after 19 rounds.

Western Sydney's trumpcard was Ethiopia-born Dutchman Hersi, who also created a goal for Mark Bridge, while Croatian Mateo Poljak netted his first A-League goal.

It was Adelaide's first match since John Kosmina suddenly quit as coach last week and their third consecutive defeat under interim coach Michael Valkanis.

The Mariners had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw against defending champions Brisbane Roar in Brisbane on Friday.

The spirited Roar came from a goal down to lead 2-1 with goals by Albanian Besart Berisha and were poised to inflict just the Mariners' third defeat before Daniel McBreen equalised in the 80th minute for his 14th goal of the season.

Mariners lead the competition by three points from Melbourne Victory, who won a pulsating 2-1 cross-town derby against Melbourne Heart before 41,000 fans on Saturday.

Archie Thompson's first half goal and Mark Milligan's second half penalty capped Victory's win after Heart winger David Williams pulled one back making for a nervous last 17 minutes for the home side.

Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero scored the opener but his Sydney FC team were pulled back by a Ryan Griffiths penalty in the dying minutes in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

Blake Powell put Sydney 2-1 up but in late drama, in which Sydney skipper Terry McFlynn was sent off for a handball on the goal line, Griffiths converted his second penalty of the match to grab a share of the points.

Wellington Phoenix scored the only goal of the match over Perth Glory in Wellington on Saturday.

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