- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) - The Brisbane Roar moved 10 points clear in first place in Australia’s A-League with five regular-season rounds to play after a 2-1 home win Sunday over Adelaide United.

Striker Besart Berisha scored in the 22nd and 52nd minutes for Brisbane before Jeronimo Neumann scored late in injury time for Adelaide.

In the only other match Sunday, Costa Rican international Kenny Cunningham’s goal with five minutes remaining salvaged a 1-1 home draw for the Wellington Phoenix against the Perth Glory. William Gallas had given Perth a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute.

On Saturday, Sydney FC scored three goals in the final 30 minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat second-place Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in a match marred by claims of racial taunts.


Sydney FC midfielder Ali Abbas accused unnamed Western Sydney players of racially, religiously and culturally abusing him. The Iraqi-born player, who became an Australian citizen in 2012, told a television interviewer after the match that “we are not here to attack religion or culture; we are here to play football … I come from a different country, I respect everyone here. I should get it back.”

Sydney FC has asked Football Federation Australia to investigate the incident.

In other weekend matches, the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Heart 1-0, courtesy of 20-year-old striker Adam Taggart’s 53rd-minute goal - his 11th of the season, moving him to the top of the scoring charts. Melbourne Victory improved their playoff chances with a 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.