Short Soccer, October 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:41am


Del Piero fires winner in A-League for Sydney

Alessandro Del Piero scored the winner in Sydney FC's first victory of the Australian A-League season. Juventus legend Del Piero scored his second goal in as many games in a 1-0 derby win over Western Sydney Wanderers in front of a delighted 19,000-plus crowd. The 37-year-old Italian World Cup winner found the net after retaking a penalty in the 54th minute, to end Sydney's losing start to the new season. AFP


Messi hits 21st hat-trick in tight win over Depor

Lionel Messi hit his 21st Barcelona hat-trick as his 10-man side edged a thrilling 5-4 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Jordi Alba and Cristian Tello got the other goals for Barca, who had Javier Mascherano sent-off on 48 minutes, while a Pizzi double, an Alex Bergantinos strike and an Alba own goal kept the home side in the game. Messi now has 11 league goals, two more than Cristiano Ronaldo who earlier scored for Real Madrid in a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo that kept Madrid eight points behind the Catalan side. Barca coach Tito Vilanova was relieved to win the game. "We'll take the positives from that. The three points, lots of goals and we controlled the game with 10 men for a long time. The game was a bit crazy and Leo [Messi] has travelled a long way this week but he was still incredible," he said. AFP


Juve pull clear at top after beating Napoli

Uruguayan Martin Caceres and French recruit Paul Pogba scored a goal apiece as champions Juventus pulled three points clear of closest challengers Napoli with a 2-0 win. Juventus and Napoli went into the top-of-the-table clash, billed as a battle between the poor south and rich north, as the only two unbeaten teams in the league after seven games. AC Milan's problems continued when they slumped to a fifth defeat of the season, 3-2 at third-placed Lazio. AFP


Saudi giants to square off in fierce AFC derby

Saudi giants Al Ittihad take on city rivals Al Ahli in the AFC Champions League semi-finals today in one of Asia's oldest and fiercest derbies. The two Jeddah clubs will play over two legs to determine which one reaches the final against Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor or South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai. AFP