But the real message from this and the Sydney/CCM match was the A-League is now all about speed and strength combined. If you don't have this physicality across the park, you are making up the numbers.
Adelaide have now achieved more than any Australian club - of any football code, ever. Hats off to them for that, holding Japan's top team to 1-1 in the heat and humidity of Japan was amazing. But too much even for their physicality plus team - too much football and traveling. Sydney smashed them. Aloisi's role is now decoy but that is another story.
CCM v Melbourne underlined what the A-League has become. A physicality arms race. And Matt Simon has been perfectly nurtured (scoring twice). He smashes through defenders - bowls them out of the way - and no free kicks. That is what you need in a striker. Forget the mamby pamby flicks and tricks - the good defenders aren't going to fall for that.
And the game's defining moment? in the 59th, Mr Physicality - Sasha Petrovski goading Michael Theoklitos into treading on his foot and getting a straight red. How times does this happen unnoticed in a match? This is going to encourage the crowding in the box that Fox says they hate. Well it gets rewarded.
Melbourne, down to 10 at 1-1 it looked like Central Coast's day, but that was before CCM defence relaxed with 4 seconds to go, and thinking Archie was offside left him to his devises. I say spare a though for the 2 other young Australian keepers that Mark Bosnich is keeping on the sidelines.