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Roar into A-League playoffs after win over Sydney

March 28, 2013

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The defending champion Brisbane Roar have qualified for the A-League playoffs and left Sydney FC ’s finals chances in considerable doubt after a 3-1 win over the Alessandro Del Piero-led side on Thursday.

The loss left Sydney and former Juventus star Del Piero in the sixth and last playoff place.

Perth and Newcastle, each one point behind Sydney, could overtake Sydney with wins this week in the final round of the regular season.

Newcastle must beat first-place Western Sydney on Friday, while Perth, with a favorable goals differential, needs on Saturday to beat or draw with Adelaide, which has already qualified for the playoffs.

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