SYDNEY (AP) -- Perth's lead in the A-League was cut to one point after its 10-man side lost to nine-man Sydney FC 3-1, while second-place Melbourne Victory beat Melbourne City 3-0.
Sydney posted its sixth win in 16 rounds, moving to fifth place after a match which saw three red cards, and in which Perth's two newest signings conceded penalties.
Dragan Paljik clumsily defended Alex Brosque in the 30th minute and Marc Janko slotted the resulting penalty to give Sydney the first goal. Denis Kramar fouled Janko in the 69th, allowing Milos Dimitrijevic to make it 2-0.
Perth's Dino Djulbic and Sydney's Jacques Faty were shown red cards after a scuffle in the 34th, and Sydney was reduced to nine men in the 71st when Nikola Petkovic received a second yellow card for a hand ball.