MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Heart’s Harry Kewell (left) reacts with Michael Mifsud after missing a penalty kick against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium yesterday.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Heart’s Harry Kewell (left) reacts with Michael Mifsud after missing a penalty kick against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium yesterday. Matt Kinggetty Images

Paying penalty for Harry’s howler

HARRY Kewell's left foot was voted the best in Australian football just last year, but he came up with a penalty-spot howler at Allianz Stadium yesterday that even a junior player would be ashamed of.

Kewell's Heart team lost the clash 2-1 to Sydney FC after a spirited second-half showing.

The under-fire club should have walked away from the harbour city with a draw had the Australian international found the back of the net from a spot kick in the 66th minute.

But in his second game back from injury since round one, Kewell's sprayed his shot well wide after almost comically hitting the ball into the ground after making contact.

Six minutes later, Heart striker Michael Mifsud finally scored his first goal of the season, courtesy of a looping ball from Mate Dugandzic.

Mifsud finished strongly, rounding Sky Blues goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic with a nice turn.

The Heart's second-half dominance continued, with two more clear chances to Mifsud, and one each to David Williams and Golgol Mebrahtu.

But some impressive saves from Janjetovic allowed the hosts to notch up their sixth win of the season and grab outright third spot.

Earlier, a largely dull first half was lit up by two late goals to Sydney's Alessandro Del Piero and Ranko Despotovic.

Del Piero's was yet another memorable effort from the Italian maestro, beating five defenders on a sizzling run, before a neat step over and shot saw the ball find the back of the net.


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