10/13/2012 08:50 EDT | Updated 12/13/2012 05:12 EST

Heskey's Newcastle beats Del Piero's Sydney in big-name A-League matchup

SYDNEY - Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero both scored, but the Englishman ended the night with bragging rights over the Italian in a matchup of big-name A-League signings as the Newcastle Jets beat Sydney FC 3-2 on Saturday.

Juventus great Del Piero is still looking for his first win in Australia, despite doing everything to please vocal A-League crowds.

Saturday's match had the atmosphere of a final as both teams tried desperately to make a statement after they each opened their seasons with 2-0 losses last week. The crowd of 35,419 was a regular-season record at Sydney Football Stadium.

Del Piero scored from a penalty in the 26th minute and Heskey netted in the 40th. Del Piero's attempt at a second in the 60th just shaved past the post.