Alessandro Del Piero returns but Sydney FC still loses

Sydney coach Frank Farina threatened big changes to his side for its next match Thursday against the league-leading Central Coast Mariners.

updated: December 22, 2012 18:35 IST
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Sydney: It was a rematch of the A-League's two biggest marquee signings this season — Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey — and the result was similar to the first match between the two, a one-goal win by Heskey's Newcastle Jets.

Del Piero, the former Juventus star returning to the starting lineup for Sydney FC after a hamstring injury, couldn't help his team out of last place as Newcastle beat Sydney 2-1 on Saturday. Craig Goodwin scored in the 13th minute and Heskey in the 26th before Yairo Yau replied for Sydney six minutes later ahead of a scoreless second half.

Newcastle edged Sydney 3-2 the last time the teams met in the second round, with Del Piero and former England international Heskey both scoring.

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