SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Sydney FC saw its lead in Australian football's A-League reduced to five points Sunday when it played out a 0-0 draw with Adelaide in the tournament's 15th round.
Second-placed Newcastle beat Brisbane 1-0 on Friday to cut into Sydney's lead, which had stood at eight points when it drew 2-2 with Newcastle in the previous round.
Sydney had Adelaide under intense pressure at times Sunday but the Reds' defense held and Sydney was left with a record of 12 wins, two draws and one loss this season.
An 11th-minute strike by Jason Hoffman gave Newcastle a hard-fought win over Brisbane, allowing it to narrow the gap to Sydney at the top of the table.
Melbourne City drew 2-2 with Central Coast to stay in third place, seven points behind Newcastle and three points clear of the Melbourne Victory who beat Perth 3-2.