Veteran Italian makes a scoring return for his club.
Alessandro Del Piero was on target on his return to action as Sydney FC took on Newcastle Jets at the Hunter Stadium in the A League.
Despite his pedigree Del Piero was given oceans of space on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area, and duly clipped the ball home.
That goal took the former Juventus mans tally for the season into double figures.
But the lead lasted all of three minutes.
Jets winger Ryan Griffiths went down easily inside the area and the referee deemed that there was enough contact to award a penalty.
Griffiths dusted himself down to tuck the ball home for the equaliser.
Sydney came close once again just before the break with a free kick – Del Piero once again the centre of the action as his fierce 30 yard free-kick was expertly saved by Mark Brighitti.
As the game approached the hour mark Sydney regained the lead. The excellent Del Piero was again involved, this time setting up Ali Abbas whose drive was too hot to handle for Brighitti, and Blake Powell simply couldn’t miss with the follow up.
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But the Jets once again bounced back to win another penalty. Newcastle’s very own European superstar Emile Heskey, headed the ball down for Griffiths whose close range shot was handled on the line by Terry McFlynn. The penalty was rightly awarded with McFlynn being given his marching orders.
Griffiths once again was the coolest man in the stadium, placing the ball to the keepers left for a second time to rescue a point for Newcastle.
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