ANOTHER Adelaide v Wellington game, another controversial moment that hampered the Phoenix.
The second-placed Reds were the better team, winning the Hindmarsh Stadium clash 3-1.
But the visitors walked away from the game frustrated after Stein Huysegems looked to have pegged the score back to 2-1 in the 27th minute, following a lightning-fast start by the hosts.
Huysegems latched on to a ball from Paul Ifill for what looked like a legitimate goal, but was incorrectly ruled offside.
The Phoenix were left fuming after their 3-1 loss to the Reds in round four, when they accused Jeronimo Neumann for taking a dive after defender Ben Sigmund was given a red card.
Controversy aside, the Reds were clinical in the first 45 minutes, in particular Marcelo Carrusca, who scored two goals.
Carrusca had his first after 19 minutes from a free-kick which was defended poorly by the Phoenix back men, before the ball innocuously bounced past goalkeeper Mark Paston.
The Argentinian had his second just six minutes later, again courtesy of some poor defending, given too much room before threading a long-range shot through for a 2-0 lead.
The Reds were not done there, landing a massive blow right on half-time when Fabio Ferreira beat the offside trap before shooting past Paston.
The Phoenix did not give up, however, chancing their arms at every available opportunity.
And they were rewarded with a Danny Sanchez goal in the 81st minute, courtesy of a pinpoint ball across the goal from Tyler Boyd.
Sanchez then earned his side a penalty in the final minute and Boyd took the shot, but was denied by two wonderful saves from Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.
It was an unfortunate end for the 17-year-old Boyd, who put in an impressive display.
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