SYDNEY (AP) — New national coach Ange Postecoglou ended his immediate involvement in the A-League when he guided the Melbourne Victory to a 1-0 win over his former club Brisbane in the weekend's third round.
Postecoglou, who won two A-League titles with Brisbane before joining the Victory, was named midweek to lead Australia for the next five years, replacing German-born Holger Osieck and becoming the first Australian to coach the Socceroos since Frank Farina in 2005.
Farina's Sydney FC side, playing without injured captain Alessandro Del Piero, lost 2-0 to the Western Sydney Wanderers who were spurred by a goal from Japan's Shinji Ono.
A second-minute goal to Nick Fitzgerald gave champions Central Coast a 1-0 win over Adelaide United.
Brisbane's loss to the Victory was their first of the season after their 2-1 win over Wellington and 4-0 win over Sydney FC. They remain at the top of the table but only a point ahead of the Victory, Central Coast and Western Sydney.
Perth beat the Melbourne Heart 1-0 for its first win of the season while Newcastle, yet to score a goal in three matches, drew 0-0 with Wellington.
Postecoglou ensured he left the Victory's affairs in order as he took his leave from the A-League. The win over Brisbane was their first of the season following draws with Adelaide and the Heart.
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