Del Piero scores 4 in Sydney rout
SYDNEY (AP) -Former Italy and Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero scored four goals as Sydney FC routed last-place Wellington 7-1 Saturday in Australian football's A-League.
Del Piero finally found form after an injury-plagued season to score in the 20th, 23rd, 39th and 70th minutes, giving Sydney an emphatic win which thrust it away from the foot of the A-League table.
Sydney is paying Del Piero a reported $4 million on a two-year contract to be its standout player in the 10-team Australian league. The investment seemed in question as Sydney slumped to the bottom of the league and as Del Piero battled hamstring and other injuries.
But his form on Saturday echoed his glory days at Juventus, for whom Del Piero scored a club-record 286 goals in all competitions over 19 seasons