‘Turkey was rough too’: Bobo unfazed by Glory

Sydney FC striker Bobo wins the ball ahead of Glory defender Josh Risdon.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
We don’t fear the physical. That’s the approach from Sydney FC striker Bobo ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster Hyundai A-League Semi Final against the fearsome Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium.

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

Before Glory’s win over Melbourne City in last Sunday’s Elimination Final, Perth striker Andy Keogh was unapologetic about his side’s rugged approach.

“Football is a physical game,” he told reporters prior to his side’s 2-0 win.

“You don’t win games by not being physical,” he said.

Glory’s subsequent 2-0 win propelled them into another winner-takes-all clash with the runaway premiers.

Before heading down under, Bobo had nine seasons in Turkey, including a five-year stint at Besiktas where he scored 60 goals in 144 appearances.

Sydney FC's new marquee striker Bobo celebrates scoring for former club Gremio.

And rugged play has long been a hallmark of the Turkish Super Lig.

“I’m used to it,” the Brazilian striker told reporters through an interpreter.

“It doesn’t worry me because in Turkey they were pretty rough as well.

“It’s no different here to the way they play elsewhere in the world,” he said.

BACK TO SQUARE ONE FOR BOBO AND CO.

Bobo has been a standout in his debut season for the Sky Blues, scoring 15 goals, including one in each of Sydney FC’s three meetings with Perth Glory.

In fact, Sydney netted 11 goals in those three games, all of which they won comfortably.

But the Brazilian was quick to dismiss the past.

“Perth have a good defence,” he said.

“That’s why they are in the semi-finals.

“But we have to stay focused on the things that have helped us to win many times this season,” he added.

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Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix’s Hyundai A-League Finals hopes are hanging by a thread following a 1-1 draw with league-leaders Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

A last-gasp strike from Michael McGlinchey rescued a point for the hosts after a second half penalty from Bobo looked to have sealed all three points for Sydney FC.

The Phoenix enjoyed the better of the opening stanza and went close on two occasions with powerful strikes from Roy Krishna forcing Danny Vukovic into a pair of smart saves.

Sydney grew into the contest after the break and began to dictate proceedings with Alex Brosque, Bobo and Rhyan Grant all fashioning clear-cut chances.

The turning point came with just over 20 minutes remaining after a VAR review ruled Phoenix defender Marco Rossi handled the ball inside the area, with Sydney FC striker Bobo scoring the ensuing penalty.

The Sky Blues continued to press and should have sealed the result just five minutes later with Alex Brosque rattling the cross bar from point blank range.

Wellington threw numbers forward in the dying stages and grabbed a deserved equaliser in stoppage time with Michael McGlinchey on hand to fire home a loose ball.

The Phoenix remain three points behind sixth-placed Perth and will need the Glory to lose at home to the Roar on Saturday night for their season to remain alive.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Bobo, 72’

Sydney were awarded a penalty via the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) following a Phoenix handball, with Bobo calmly stepping up to send Lewis Italiano the wrong way from the spot.

1-1 Wellington Phoenix: Michael McGlinchey, 90’+2

Kosta Barbarouses fired a ball across the face of goal which was knocked into the path of McGlinchey who bundled the ball home from close range.

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Brazilian striker Bobo says Sydney FC need to win the Hyundai A-League Championship to complete a stunning campaign.

Brazilian striker Bobo says Sydney FC need to win the Hyundai A-League Championship to complete a stunning campaign.

Sydney FC striker Bobo believes the Sky Blues’ stunning Hyundai A-League campaign won’t be complete without a championship trophy.

While Sydney have already secured the Premier’s Plate as the best side in the regular season and have set numerous records, their Brazilian centre-forward remains completely focused on reaching and winning the grand final.

Speaking at an event promoting Sydney’s friendly with Arsenal in July, Bobo underlined what is driving Graham Arnold’s team.

“It’s been a very good season for Sydney and now in the finals we hope to seal this great campaign by winning the grand final,” he said.

“That’s the main goal, get to the semi-final and then become champions – not only premiers but grand final champions.”

Sydney need four more points over their final two matches before the finals to surpass Brisbane Roar’s all-time record of 65 points in the A-League.

Brazilian marquee Bobo scored a brace in Sydney FC's comfortable 3-0 win over Melbourne City.

Roar achieved that feat in an 11-team competition, meaning they played four more regular season games than Sydney will.

Bobo is the Sky Blues’ leading goal-scorer in 2016/17 – his first season in Australia – with the 32-year-old having reached 14 goals in 25 games with a brace in Saturday night’s 3-0 win over Melbourne City.

 

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Sydney FC 3-0 Melbourne City FC- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s surge to greatness has continued with a commanding second half securing a 3-0 win over Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Two Bobo goals either side of Alex Brosque’s 10th of the season moves Sydney within three points of surpassing Brisbane Roar’s record total for a Hyundai A-League season.

City, hoping to shore up third spot, came closest early when Bruno Fornaroli’s curling free-kick shaved the outside of the far post. Rhyan Grant almost gifted the visitors the opener with a misdirected touch soon after but the Sky Blues survived and found their best as the half wore on.

Ivan Franjic cleared a Grant chance off the line shortly after the restart before Brosque and Bobo broke the game open with two goals in seven minutes. City rarely threatened and conceded a third in stoppage time as Bobo bagged his brace, sealing the hosts’ 19th win of the season.

Sydney FC striker Bobo in a tussle with two Melbourne City defenders at Allianz Stadium.

GOALS 1-0 Sydney: Brosque, 57’

City allowed Zullo’s long throw to bounce and Brosque stole in at the near post to sweep home a smart finish.

2-0 Sydney: Bobo, 64’ Zullo drove into space on the left and unleashed a strike across goal which Bobo stretched to tuck home at the far post.

3-0 Sydney: Bobo, 90’ David Carney steadied on the right flank, looked up and delivered an outstanding cross for Bobo to charge onto at the far post.

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Perth Glory 0-3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Freshly-crowned premiers Sydney FC celebrated their new silverware in style with a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. The Sky Blues showed no signs of a dip in focus as two first-half goals helped put a significant dent in Perth’s hopes of hosting a home final.

Sydney had a string of chances to go ahead midway through the first half but Brandon O’Neill, Bobo and Alex Brosque all spurned good opportunities. Those misses mattered little when Glory debutant Lucian Goian turned a corner into his net, before O’Neill doubled the advantage three minutes later with a laserlike finish.

Bobo added a third just after the hour to cap a dominant victory and complete Sydney’s season hattrick over Perth.

Sydney FC.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney: Goian OG, 38’

Debutant Lucian Goian attempted to control a corner but only succeeded in awkwardly directing the ball beyond Liam Reddy and into his own net.

0-2 Sydney: O’Neill, 41’

Given time and space outside the area, O’Neill picked his spot and stroked a firm finish into the bottom corner.

0-3 Sydney: Bobo, 62’

Bobo tucked away the finish but Sydney’s third was all about Alex Brosque as the skipper held off a defender and backheeled beautifully into his teammate’s path.

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Sydney FC 1 – 0 Melbourne Victory -Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have all but confirmed they’ll be this season’s Hyundai A-League premiers after accounting for rivals Melbourne Victory 1-0 at a soggy Allianz Stadium on Friday night. A close range finish from Sky Blues marquee Bobo just after the interval proved to be decisive in a Big Blue that had fans on the edge of their seats throughout, rain notwithstanding. The match-ups between Victory forwards Marco Rojas and Jai Ingham and Sydney FC wing backs Michael Zullo and Rhyan Grant was a real feature of the contest, with all four players creating plenty of scoring chances. A pulsating first half saw Bobo and Filip Holosko both come close to breaking the deadlock from dangerous balls across the face of goal, while skipper Alex Brosque had a couple of shots well saved by Lawrence Thomas. At the other end Rojas terrorised Sydney’s backline with his pace, teeing up Ingham for their best chance but the 23-year-old blazed his effort straight at Danny Vukovic. The home side took the lead early in the second stanza with Holosko setting up his former Besiktas teammate, who hammered home his 11th goal of the campaign. Victory had a golden chance to equalise shortly after when Rojas played in Besart Berisha but the Albanian missed his chance to close in on the magical 100 A-League goal mark when he spooned his shot over the bar. The Sky Blues came close to doubling their advantage when Brosque had a point blank shot saved by Thomas late on but they held their nerve and now lead Victory by 11 points with five rounds to play.

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GOALS Sydney FC 1-0: Bobo, 50’ Josh Brillante chipped the ball over the heart of Victory’s defence, with Holosko lurking out wide to collect the clearance. The Slovakian floated the ball into the back post allowing Bobo to charge onto it and half-volley home from inside the six-yard box. CROWD 13,310 @ Allianz Stadium Re-live the action on Twitter @ALeague, @SydneyFC, @gomvfc, #BigBlue

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Melbourne City FC 1 – 3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have bounced back from their first loss of the season to account for a 10-man Melbourne City 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

A brace from marquee Bobo and a classy free kick from Brandon O’Neill cancelled out Nick Fitzgerald’s first-half stunner as Graham Arnold’s side extended their lead at the top to 11 points.

After a cagey start, Sydney FC took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half with Bobo converting from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul from Manny Muscat.

But the lead lasted less than 60 seconds with City hitting back immediately from the restart with  winger Nick Fitzgerald netting a stunning half-volley to restore parity.

The complexion of the game changed just prior to the break with City defender Manny Muscat shown his second yellow card for a poor challenge on Alex Brosque.

And Sydney FC took full advantage after the break with Brandon O’Neill firing the visitors ahead with a well-taken free-kick before Bobo finished off a piece of brilliance from Milos Ninkovic.

City threw numbers forward as the second half progressed but struggled to break down a well-organised Sydney defence, with Fernando Brandan going closest with a snapshot in the final 10 minutes.

 

GOALS

0-1  Sydney FC: Bobo (pen), 24’

The Sky Blues were awarded a penalty after Manny Muscat brought down Filip Holosko who was through  on goal, with the defender lucky to only be shown a yellow card. Bobo stepped up and coolly slotted the spot kick into the bottom corner, sending Thomas Sorensen the wrong way.

1-1 Melbourne City: Nick Fitzgerald, 25′

City pumped the ball long immediately after conceding with the ball falling kindly to Fitzgerald, with the winger wriggling free of his defender before unleashing a stunning half-volley from the edge of the area which whistled into the top corner.

1-2 Sydney FC: Brandon O’Neill, 55′

City substitute Ruon Tongyik was penalised for a handball on the edge of the area and it proved costly with Brandon O’Neill exquisitely curling a sublime free kick into the top left corner.

1-3 Sydney FC: Bobo, 67′

Milos Ninkovic was afforded too much space on the edge of the box with the Serbian playing a splitting ball through the heart of the City defence, allowing Bobo to fire home from close range.

RED CARD

Melbourne City were reduced to 10 men late in the first half after Manny Muscat inexplicably collected his second yellow card. After being booked for a poor challenge on Filip Holosko earlier in the half, Muscat was shown his marching orders after pulling down Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque in the attacking third.

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Sydney FC 3 x 1 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s unbeaten start to the season will extend into Round 20 after they put on a clinic in a 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

Defender Rhyan Grant opened the scoring with a thumping header after just three minutes before turning provider as Bobo finished a majestically worked team goal midway through the opening half.

The Phoenix pulled a goal back before the break courtesy of a neat piece of trickery from Alex Rodriguez but hopes of a comeback were banished when Milos Ninkovic netted ten minutes after the interval.

Josh Brillante came close to scoring another goal of the season contender when he blasted a long range shot that Glen Moss touched onto the post in the first half, while Alex Brosque spurned a one-on-one chance after the break.

The result sees Graham Arnold’s side extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, while the Phoenix missed a chance to climb back into the top six.

GOALS

1-0 Sydney FC: Rhyan Grant, 3’

Brosque was played into space down the left flank, with the striker showing a great turn of speed before floating a cross to the back post where Grant was able to head strongly past Moss.

2-0 Sydney FC:  Bobo, 22’

Some intricate one-touch passing saw the Sky Blues go the length of the field, with Bobo delivering the ball out wide before heading home the return cross from Grant to register his eighth goal of the season.

2-1 Wellington Phoenix: Alex Rodriguez, 32’

The midfielder showed great awareness to get a flick on a Gui Finkler corner delivery at the front post, with Vukovic unable to react quickly enough to keep the ball from sneaking in.

3-1 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 54’

Brillante picked out the run of Ninkovic after a Phoenix turnover, with the Serbian threading a shot between the legs of Andrew Durante, past the outstretched Moss and inside the far post.

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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A contentious late goal from David Carney has seen Sydney FC defeat the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in Gosford on Sunday afternoon.

The home side will have reason to feel aggrieved after fighting back from two goals down to level the score for the second week in a row – missing a penalty along the way.

However their endeavours would ultimately go unrewarded after Carney turned home a late winner despite appearing to be in an offside position.

A goal either side of half time from Sky Blues marquee Bobo appeared to have the visitors coasting to victory, only for Roy O’Donovan to pull a goal back.

Central Coast should have drawn level from the penalty spot after Rhyan Grant brought down Connor Pain in the box but Fabio Ferreira blazed his effort well over the crossbar.

The Mariners did grab a deserved equaliser shortly after with their Portuguese winger going some way to atoning for his miss by setting up the chance that was finished by Scott Galloway.

However the goal proved to be in vain when Paul Okon’s side allowed Sydney FC to reply barely a minute later to grab all three points.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Bobo, 43’

Michael Zullo floated in a cross to the top of the box that was headed down by Filip Holosko for his strike partner, who took a touch before stroking it past Paul Izzo.

0-2 Sydney FC:  Bobo, 48’

Some crafty work from Milos Ninkovic had the Mariners defence retreating before the he laid the ball off for the Brazilian who was able to side-foot into an empty net.

1-2 Central Coast: Roy O’Donovan, 66’

Fabio Ferreira whipped in a dangerous free-kick which was headed towards goal by Holosko. O’Donovan was lurking at the back post and headed strongly to level the score.

2-2 Central Coast: Scott Galloway, 76’

Ferreira set sail down field before finding O’Donovan with a cross at the back post. The Irishman got a shot away which was saved by Danny Vukovic but Galloway was there to turn home the rebound.

3-2 Sydney FC: David Carney, 77’

The home side switched off after drawing level, with Ninkovic allowed to run at the defence before crossing for Carney who angled the ball inside the near post. The substitute appeared to have been marginally offside but the goal was allowed to stand.

INJURY WARD

The Sky Blues were dealt a huge blow less than 90 seconds into the contest when Sebastian Ryall injured his hamstring after losing his footing and landing awkwardly. The stand-in skipper, who had come into the side for the departed Matt Jurman, was replaced by Josh Brillante with Brandon O’Neill dropping into the defensive line.

YELLOW CARD

Josh Brillante picked up his fifth booking of the season midway through the second half which will see him suspended from next week’s Sydney Derby. The misery was compounded by the fact the Mariners scored from the resulting free-kick.

CROWD

11,398 @ Central Coast Stadium – the home side’s biggest of the season.

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Sydney FC 1 – 1 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC and Melbourne City have shared the spoils following a fiery 1-1 draw in Friday night’s top of the table blockbuster at ANZ Stadium.

A spectacular first-half strike from Fernando Brandan put the visitors in front, with a 10-man Sky Blues gifted a way back into the match late on via the penalty spot.

There were plenty of chances across a heated 90 minutes, with Sydney’s Rhyan Grant having a goal struck off for offside, while City’s Nicolas Colazo hit the bar with a curling left-footed free kick.

Graham Arnold made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle last weekend with marquees Bobo and Filip Holosko restored to the starting side.

There were four changes for City, with John van’t Schip handing a Hyundai A-League debut to 19-year-old defender Ruon Tongyik.

The result means the Sky Blues maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and six point gap at the top of the table from the recently crowned Westfield FFA Cup champions.

GOALS

0-1 Melbourne City: Fernando Brandan, 31’

Brandan received the ball from Argentine compatriot Nicolas Colazo and made a beeline for goal, unleashing a cracking shot from outside the box that gave Sydney FC keeper Danny Vukovic no chance.

1-1 Sydney FC: Bobo (pen), 81’

The Brazilian marquee was awarded a penalty when his jersey was tugged by Michael Jakobsen as he tried to get on the end of a threaded pass from Milos Ninkovic. Despite Dean Bouzanis guessing the right way Bobo found the back of the net with his spot kick.

RED CARD

Josh Brillante was given his marching orders midway through the second half after picking up a second yellow card for a late challenge on Neil Kilkenny.

OPTA DATA

  • Sydney FC continue their undefeated start to the season, which extends to ten matches.
  • Melbourne City stretched their unbeaten run against the Sky Blues to five matches (W2, D3).

KEY MOMENT

The Sky Blues thought they’d opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Grant found himself in space inside the box and pulled the trigger. The right back’s effort rippled the back of the net but the shot hit teammate Bobo on the goal line, with the goal disallowed for offside.

CROWD

14,668 @ ANZ Stadium

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