PERTH Glory is facing a season-defining showdown with chief title rival Melbourne Victory on Saturday after its winless streak reached six matches following a 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium last night.
Glory's 14-week reign on top of the A-League table could end as soon as today if second-placed Victory beats Wellington Phoenix.
Perth led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Danny De Silva's strike, but it was left to defender Dino Djulbic to fire in a late equaliser after the home side was stunned by two Brisbane goals in the space of two minutes early in the second half.
Substitute Jean Carlos Solorzano equalised for the visitors on the hour mark, before Socceroo Matt McKay put Roar in front in the 62nd minute.
Glory extended its lead over second-placed Victory to three points, however Victory has two games in hand including today's home fixture against Phoenix.
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Daniel De Silva of the Glory celebrates. Source: Getty Images
A-League fans could witness the best title race in the competition's decade-long history after Sydney FC surged into fourth place last night, just four points behind Glory, following a thrilling 4-3 win over Western Sydney in the derby.
Backing up just three days after Wednesday night's 1-0 loss to Beijing Guoan in the Asian Champions League, the away point for Roar was not enough to jump back into the top six.
Brisbane was reduced to 10 men in the 76th minute when defender Corey Brown was controversially shown a straight red card for pulling down Jamie Maclaren as the Glory attacker raced towards goal.
De Silva, who has been laid low by illness in recent weeks, was handed his first start since December and repaid coach Kenny Lowe with his third A-League goal of the season.
The 17-year-old was on hand to tap in from close range in the 26th minute after Scott Jamieson's accurate long ball was headed down by Chris Harold.
De Silva's goal was cancelled out when Solorzano slammed home a terrific cross from Brandon Borrello, before McKay finished his strong run into the box with a goal after holding off Glory defender Josh Risdon.
Djulbic rescued a point for Glory in the 84th minute when he put in the rebound after Dragan Paljic's stunning long-range attempt had struck the woodwork.
Dino Djulbic of the Glory scored the equaliser. Source: Getty Images
Glory was probably good value for its 1-0 lead at half-time, with a revamped starting line-up producing more fluency than in last week's scoreless draw with Melbourne City.
Inclusions De Silva and Dragan Paljic were both energetic after replacing Denis Kramar and Sidnei in the line-up.
But Perth also lapsed at the back several times, with Henrique firing narrowly over the crossbar when left alone at the top of the penalty area in the 16th minute in Roar's best chance of the first half.
Glory keeper Danny Vukovic produced an outstanding save in the 55th minute to deny a stinging drive from McKay.
Joshua Risdon of the Glory and Henrique De Silva of the Roar. Source: Getty Images