A-League: Adelaide win consigns Wellington Phoenix to road playoff

Wellington Phoenix have missed out on a home playoff match and will likely face Adelaide across the Tasman in the opening round of the A-League post-season.

The Adelaide Reds sealed their home fixture with a 5-3 win over Brisbane Roar on Thursday, confirming a fourth-place finish in the Australian football league.

The fifth-placed NZ-based side will travel to top-of-the-table Perth Glory on Sunday.

They are three points clear of Melbourne City on the ladder, but could still lose their standing, if City achieve a big win over bottom-of-the-table Central Coast on Friday and/or the Phoenix lose big to Perth.

If that happens, the team from the capital would line up against Melbourne Victory next week.

Trailling 2-1 at halftime, Adelaide were sparked into action after the restart and sealed victory with three consecutive goals to Craig Goodwin, Isaias and Baba Diawara.

"It was one of my louder halftime meetings with the boys," coach Marco Kurz said. "They woke up, not 100 percent, but 95 percent, that was enough today.

"It was a good warning that we need always 100 percent performance.

"We are not the team who can create simple chances or can score goals, we are a team that must always work hard to get the result."


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