The Italian superstar was guilty of a shocking dive to earn a penalty against Wellington, but also reminded us of his class with a beautiful curling finish from a set-piece
His young team-mate Jordan Elsey came on in the second half and impressed at the back to earn a berth in our Team of the Week's defence. He is joined by William Gallas, who produced one of his better performances as Perth Glory saw off the Central Coast Mariners 3-1.
Sebastian Ryall has stepped up well in the absence of Sydney FC right-back Pedj Bojic during the second half of the season, and did so again in a comfortable 4-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.
David Carney operated further forward for the Newcastle Jets in their 2-2 draw at home to Melbourne Victory, but we wanted to squeeze him into this week's team, and have opted to push him back to his equally familiar left-back role.
In a midfield three it's promising young Melbourne Heart man Stefan Mauk, one of the stars of the show in that explosive draw at Coopers Stadium. Mark Milligan was typically tireless and productive against the Jets, while Liam Miller upstaged Brisbane Roar team-mates Luke Brattan and Matt McKay with a strong showing and the opening goal in the 1-1 draw against Western Sydney in Parramatta.
Wanderers striker Tomi Juric was a frequent threat for the home side and grabbed the equaliser in the second half, earning himself one of three attacking berths in our Team of the Week. The other spots go to Sydney FC veteran Alessandro Del Piero, who scored twice to send the Sky Blues on the way to their win over Wellington. We'll not mention his dive to earn the penalty, but the free-kick went some way to making amends. Sidnei gets a role out wide after an excellent effort, including a goal, in Perth's upset triumph over the Mariners.
'Life's a beach' | Del Piero enjoys the Bondi surf at a recovery session on Monday