Brisbane Roar handed former coach Ange Postecoglou a reality check on Saturday, thumping his Melbourne Victory side 5-0 at Suncorp Stadium.
In his much-anticipated return to Brisbane, Postecoglou’s old charges made good on their promise to send him home a loser by inflicting Victory’s worst ever A-League defeat.
Without key men Archie Thompson, Marco Rojas and Mark Milligan, a bright start from the visitors was quickly forgotten in the first half when Brisbane scored two goals in the space of a minute.
Victory were completely unprepared for a 22nd-minute assault, Thomas Broich opening the scoring before setting up Erik Paartalu for the second just moments later.
Besart Berisha opened his account for the season in the 64th minute and completed his brace – and the rout – in injury time after Mitch Nichols had joined the scorers’ list 10 minutes earlier.
In the day’s other match, Marquee men Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey both got on the scoresheet as Newcastle edged out Sydney FC 3-2 in a pulsating clash at Allianz Stadium.
The international stars both showed their class with impressive goals but it was the Jets who held on for a crucial victory.
After Ryan Griffiths gave the Jets an early lead, Del Piero gave the home fans what they wanted with a scorching free kick from 25 yards.
Goals to Heskey and the sensational Craig Goodwin either side of the break had the Jets cruising before Blake Powell gave the home side hope with a header 15 minutes from time.
Spurred on by the vocal home support, Sydney pushed hard for an equaliser but it never came and they have now lost their opening two games ahead of next weekend’s local derby with the Western Sydney Wanderers, who are also winless.