Coach Gertjan Verbeek started his adventure in the Australian A-League with a defeat. Adelaide United lost 2-3 at home on Friday with 2-3 to reigning champion Sydney FC.
After half an hour, the team of 57-year-old Verbeek faced a 0-2 deficit due to two goals from Adam le Fondre. Via Nikola Mileusnic (just before half time) and Al Hassan Toure (just after half time) Adelaide United came alongside again.
The home team had to move on with ten men after an hour after a direct red card for midfielder Ryan Strain. Adelaide United then held on for half an hour, but had to cash in the winning 2-3 from Ryan McGowan three minutes before the end.
It was the first league match in the A-League for Verbeek. The Dutch coach already had four victories in the national cup tournament (FFA Cup), allowing Adelaide United to compete against Melbourne City on October 23 for the final.
Verbeek joined Adelaide United on 1 July as a trainer. In the past, the former football player was already the coach of FC Twente, AZ, Heracles Almelo, Feyenoord and SC Heerenveen, among others.
Last season, Adelaide United finished fourth in the regular season. In the play-offs, the team from South Australia lost in the semi-finals to Perth Glory. Adelaide United was the last champion in 2016.