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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Adelaide United 0 x 4 Sydney FC-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s bid for a second Hyundai A-League premiership appears unbreakable following a 4-0 thumping of Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Monday night.

Graham Arnold’s side stretched their lead at the top to nine points as Alex Brosque bagged a brace in clinically dispatching the reigning champions.

Adelaide managed to create a couple of first-half openings but couldn’t match Sydney’s killer edge, with the visitors going ahead through Filip Holosko after half an hour.

 

The visitors inflicted Boxing Day carnage after the break as Brosque and Rhyan Grant combined for three goals in a rampant 13-minute spell.

Sydney’s first win in Adelaide since February 2012 means they remain unbeaten in all 12 matches this term, while the Reds are still three points adrift of Central Coast Mariners in last.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney: Holosko, 34’

After his initial free-kick came back off the wall, Holosko profited from Rhyan Grant’s smart ball back into the area with a clinical finish inside Eugene Galekovic’s near post.

0-2 Sydney: Brosque, 53’

Milos Ninkovic raced through open space on the left before steadying inside the area and finding Alex Brosque for a first-time finish at close-range.

 

0-3 Sydney: Grant, 64’

Sydney somehow found themselves with four against three in the final third and Rhyan Grant made the Reds pay, thumping a left-footed finish in off the post after being picked out by Ninkovic.

0-4 Sydney: Brosque, 66’

Holosko was afforded acres of space on the right wing and, after his measured effort came back off the post, Brosque was on hand to tap the rebound into an empty net.

OPTA DATA

CROWD

11,805 @ Coopers Stadium

 

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Sydney FC 4 – 1 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s perfect start to the Hyundai A-League season has continued on Sunday, after crushing Perth Glory 4-1 in a pulsating encounter at Allianz Stadium.

In perfect conditions for football, Glory started brighter with striker Andy Keogh on the end of three excellent chances inside the first 11 minutes.

But Sky Blues midfielder Milos Ninkovic dominated from that point, first scoring himself after a horror mix-up by the Glory defence before setting up Bobo for a 2-0 half-time lead.

Glory breathed life into the contest just after the hour mark when Joseph Mills’ cross was deflected in off Rhyan Grant.

But Ninkovic eased any nerves by scoring his second 11 minutes from the end, before skipper Alex Brosque put the icing on the cake late on.

The result means Graham Arnold’s side has won six from six to start the season to sit a healthy six points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder.

Sydney travels to Brisbane next to face the Roar on Saturday night, while Glory return home for a clash with winless Adelaide United on Friday.

 

GOALS

1-0 Sydney: Milos Ninkovic, 14’

This was a gift for the home side. Under pressure deep in the corner, Dino Djulbic’s attempted clearance was blocked by Ninkovic. The Serbian then chased down the loose ball, getting there just before keeper Liam Reddy, poking it past the gloveman before running the ball into an empty net.

2-0 Sydney: Bobo, 38’

Rhyan Grant dispossessed Nebo Marinkovic on halfway and played it to Alex Brosque, who then released Ninkovic to drive into the box. Instead of go for goal himself, Ninkovic unselfishly squared it to Bobo to tap in from close range.

2-1 Perth: Grant (og), 62’

Joseph Mills’ overlapping run was spotted by Keogh who played him in, with the defender’s cross deflecting off Grant’s outstretched boot to beat Danny Vukovic at his near post.

3-1 Sydney: Ninkovic, 79’

A superb counter attack by the Sky Blues ended with David Carney’s curling effort hitting the crossbar before falling to Ninkovic. Who controlled it on his chest before smashing it in.

4-1 Sydney: Brosque, 88’

Substitute Matt Simon was heavily involved, first teeing up Carney’s shot which was blocked before passing to Brosque who played the ball around Reddy and slotting it home.

OPTA DATA

The Sky Blues have now opened the season with six straight wins, needing just one more to equal Melbourne Victory’s record of seven in season 2006/07.

Sydney FC have now scored 17 goals for the season from six matches, the most goals scored in opening six rounds of a season in Hyundai A-League history.

KEY MOMENT

Just four minutes in and Glory had a great chance to take the lead when an excellent move in midfield ended with Milan Smiljanic sending Andy Keogh clean through on goal. The striker only had Danny Vukovic to beat but shanked his shot wide of the post when he really should have scored. A crucial miss as Sydney eventually took control and took the lead just 10 minutes later.

CROWD

14,167 @Allianz Stadium

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Sydney FC 4 – 0 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s dream start to the season continued as Filip Holosko scored twice in a 4-0 demolition of Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

The Sky Blues picked up exactly where they left off in last weekend’s Sydney Derby, scoring twice either side of half-time to consign Paul Okon to a heavy first defeat.

There would be no Mariners comeback this time around as Holosko’s opener and a second from the spot stretched his tally to three goals in two games.

Bobo joined the Slovenian on the scoresheet in the first-half while Alex Brosque added another off the bench with 20 minutes to play.

Despite carving more openings after the restart, the visitors lacked the penetration to trouble a Sydney side which has now scored eight and conceded zero from the first two rounds.

 

GOALS

1-0 Sydney: Holosko, 18’

Milos Ninkovic’s brilliant ball between defender and fullback created the opener out of almost nothing as Holosko raced through on goal and dinked a smart finish over the onrushing Necevski.

2-0 Sydney: 39’

Jacob Poscoliero’s attempted clearance, under heavy pressure from Bobo, only succeeded in lobbing Necevski and allowing the Brazilian to tap his second of the season into an empty net.

3-0 Sydney: Holosko, 65’

The ‘Bobosko’ connection continued with the Slovenian converting from the spot after Bobo was dragged down by young Mariners defender Jake McGing.

4-0 Sydney: Brosque, 70’

Necevski’s heavy first touch in his own penalty area allowed substitute Brosque to eventually finish into an unguarded net.

OPTA DATA

-Sydney FC have defeated the Mariners in six of their last seven home games

-The Mariners are currently without a league victory in 12 matches

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Sydney thrash Adelaide United to set up dream Grand Final

Adelaide United v Sydney FC first-half highlights

Sydney FC have buried their Adelaide United hoodoo in emphatic fashion, holding off a late Reds surge to win 4-1 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night to book a Hyundai A-League grand final meeting with Premiers Melbourne Victory.

An early Bernie Ibini goal and a brace from skipper Alex Brosque either side of half-time had the Sky Blues in cruise control before the Reds produced a late flurry of chances.

Craig Goodwin closed the gap 16 minutes from time and it sparked a spirited fightback from the visitors.

Nigel Boogaard hit the post while Awer Mabil, Miguel Palanca and Sergio Cirio all wasted glorious opportunities in a frentic few minutes which would have set up a grandstand finish.

Instead it was the Sky Blues who finished with a bang, Chris Naumoff capping a sublime performance with a late goal to send Sydney FC to their first decider in five years.

WHAT THEY SAID

“All week I’ve had a really good feeling, I don’t know why but I’ve just got so much confidence in this team. I knew the boys would come out tonight and there wasn’t a player who didn’t work his socks off. It was a fantastic performance and the crowd was brilliant.” – Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque

“We didn’t give up but at this level you can’t give a team like Sydney a head start like we did. We were always going to come here and attack so it’s just disappointing. It’s not every year you get to play in a semi-final so it’s disappointing but credit to Sydney.”  – Adelaide United’s Nigel Boogaard

GOALS

1-0 Ibini (19’) – A lofted pass forward by Nikola Petkovic saw Naumoff get in behind the Reds defence down the left wing. The teenager raced into the box, got around Dylan McGowan brilliantly before cutting the ball back to Ibini, who finished powerfully into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

2-0 Brosque (45+1’) – Milos Dimitrijevic drove at the Reds defence before finding Ibini on the right. Ibini sent in a perfect cross to the near-post and Brosque did the rest, producing an audacious back-heeled flick which snuck past Eugene Galekovic at the near post.

3-0 Brosque (47’) – Naumoff was again involved, slipping a pass to Marc Janko – who was slightly offside – in the box. The Austrian was disposed by Isaias but the loose ball fell to Brosque who finished clinically into the far corner.

3-1 Goodwin (74’) – The Reds broke forward on a quick counter-attack and had a three-on-three with Goodwin surging right through the heart of the Sydney defence. He swerved past the challenge of Matt Jurman and his shot squeezed under Vedran Janjetovic and trickled over the line.

4-1 Naumoff (90’) – Naumoff found Antonis about 25 yards from goal and continued his run forward, getting a return pass and smashing it high into Galekovic’s net.

 

KEY MOMENT

Inside the first 10 minutes Sydney defender Sebastian Ryall put in a crunching challenge on Reds playmaker Marcelo Carrusca which incensed his Adelaide team-mates. Ryall escaped a caution but it set the tone for an imposing performance by the Sky Blues, who were intent not to be bullied by the visitors this time. Carrusca was largely ineffectual on the contest after that point, until it was too late for the Reds.

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The victory was just Sydney FC’s second in their last 10 Hyundai A-League finals matches, and first over Adelaide United in seven attempts.

With his goal it means Ibini has scored in four successive matches while Brosque has scored a brace in three out of his last four matches.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Adelaide appeared like they would get to the break just a goal down until the Sydney skipper produced a moment of magic. Ibini’s cross was a little bit behind Brosque but he had the presence of mind to try a cheeky effort with his right foot – flicking in behind his left – which caught Galekovic by surprise. It was pure genius from Brosque and a goal that broke the Reds’ hearts.

In his first Hyundai A-League finals match, the performance of Naumoff also caught the eye. He produced a scintillating run early on where he sliced through three defenders and shot just wide before setting up Ibini’s opener soon after. His goal at the death was the cherry on top of a sweet display. The 19-year-old has arrived!

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

After using a back-three against Brisbane last week, Reds boss Josep Gombau switch to four at the back for this one with Osama Malik deployed there. While the versatile Malik has performed strongly in that role before, he was exposed on numerous occasions early on. He was all at seas for Sydney’s opener, allowing Naumoff to get in behind and tee up Ibini and was hooked at half-time, replaced by Awer Mabil.

THE FINAL WORD

The Sky Blues made a mockery of their home struggles – and poor record against the Reds – by putting Adelaide to the sword.

They took the game to the visitors from the outset, scored at crucial times and looked assured for the most part in defence.

A trip to Melbourne to take on the Premiers’ Victory awaits in a blockbuster grand final, while the Reds season ends in disappointment but with the Westfield FFA Cup trophy in the cabinet.

TEAMS:

Sydney FCJanjetovic, Ryall, Faty, Jurman, Petkovic, Tavares, Dimitrijevic, Ibini (Grant 76’), Brosque (Smeltz 80’), Naumoff, Janko (Antonis 61’)

Adelaide UnitedGalekovic, McGowan, Boogaard, Elrich, Malik (Mabil 46’), Isaias, Jeggo, Carrusca, Cirio, Sanchez (Palanca 66’), Goodwin

Scorers: Ibini 19’, Brosque 45+1’, Brosque 47’, Goodwin 74’, Naumoff 90’

Red cards: none

Yellow cards: Ryall 30’, Faty 33’, Mabil 75’, Isaias 76’, Brosque 76’, Petkovic 77’

Conditions: 16C, Fine

Attendance: 26,783 @ Allianz Stadium

 

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Sydney FC 5 – 4 Brisbane Roar

Marc Janko has become the first player to score in seven-consecutive Hyundai A-League matches, scoring a hat-trick as Sydney FC held off a fast-finishing Brisbane Roar 5-4 at a rainy Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

In a crazy match that saw three penalties and five goals scored in the last 15 minutes, the Sky Blues held on for a vital win which has propelled them into second spot on the ladder.

The drama started inside five minutes as Henrique opened the scoring for the visitors, before a Matt Jurman strike and Janko’s treble had them 4-1 up with 10 minutes left.

But Roar weren’t done, setting up a thrilling finish as Andrija Kaluderovic and Steven Lustica scored to get back within one before Alex Brosque seemed to make it safe with his goal in the final minute.

Again Sydney allowed Roar back into it, Dimitri Petratos getting one against his former club but it wasn’t enough as Roar missed the chance to move back into the top six.

WHAT THEY SAID

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to win but we got the three points so that’s the main thing. We scored five goals but to concede four at home certainly isn’t good enough… It was a nice goal – on my right foot too but we got the three points that’s the main thing.” – Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman

“It’s not good enough, if you concede five goals you cannot expect to take anything away from the match… We conceded some soft goals and we must really work on that because if we keep playing like that we won’t do anything good this season.” – Brisbane Roar defender Jerome Polenz

GOALS

0-1 Henrique (5’) – A sustained spell of Brisbane possession ended with Jean Carlos Solorzano slipping a clever ball in behind a square Sydney FC defence. It released Henrique who slotted the ball past Vedran Janjetovic into the far corner, although there was a suspicion the Brazilian may have been offside.

1-1 Jurman (7’) – A long ball forward from Nikola Petkovic found the head of Jurman – who had stayed forward from an earlier free-kick – on the edge of the box. Jurman nodded it down into the path of Marc Janko who couldn’t control it but it fell straight back to Jurman who blasted a shot with his weaker right foot which skimmed the crossbar on its way into the net.

2-1 Janko (38’) – The Sky Blues won a penalty as skipper Alex Brosque was brought down in the box by a poor Adam Sarota challenge. Janko sent Jamie Young the wrong way, putting it into the bottom left-hand corner to hand the Austrian the consecutive match goal-scoring record.

3-1 Janko (52’) – Bernie Ibini found Chris Naumoff free on the right, with the youngster playing a killer ball across the six-yard box was perfect for Janko to side-foot into an empty net from close range.

4-1 Janko (75’) – Janko was pushed in the back by Corey Brown to win a penalty, which he duly converted with another powerful, low strike, this time into the right corner.

4-2 Kaluderovic (80’) – Nikola Petkovic bundled into the back of James Donachie in the box handing Roar a spot kick. Substitute Kaluderovic fired it into the roof of the net for his second goal of the campaign.

4-3 Lustica (84’) – Brandon Borrello surged into the box down the right, cutting back inside of Alex Gersbach before laying the ball off to Lustica at the top of the 18-yard box. The midfielder hit a low shot which snuck in despite Janjetovic getting a glove on it.

5-3 Brosque (88’) – A mazy run by Terry Antonis ended with him releasing Shane Smeltz on the right. The Kiwi international looked up and picked out Brosque in the middle who slammed it past a helpless Young.

5-4 Petratos (90’) – Borrello was again involved with his centre failing to be cleared by the Sydney defence, with Petratos on the spot to lash it home from just six yards out.

KEY MOMENT

Five minutes after the break a Roar counter attack saw Dimitri Petratos bearing down on goal. As Sky Blues keeper Vedran Janjetovic came flying out, Petratos dinked the ball over the gloveman towards goal but Jurman was back on the line to acrobatically clear the ball away to safety. Less than two minutes later the Sky Blues scored their third down the other end to make the result safe.

OPTA DATA KEY STATS

Herique’s goal was his first in six matches but he remains the clubs leading scorer with now eight for the season. It was just Sydney FC’s second win against Roar in their last seven meetings, both of those coming this season. It’s the fourth away match in a row Roar have scored at least two goals but it wasn’t enough as they slumped to their first loss since the return from the Asian Cup break.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Sydney FC’s marquee man Janko has been almost unstoppable since the return from the Asian Cup break and became the first player in Hyundai A-League history to find the net in seven consecutive games. Denied by an exceptional reflex save by Jamie Young just a few minutes earlier, wouldn’t be denied from the penalty spot seven minutes before the break to secure the record. His second goal early in the second half made it 15 for the campaign to go past Alessandro Del Piero’s (14) previous record of goals in a season for the club.

COACH KILLER

Midway through the first half with scores level at 1-1, Roar left-back Corey Brown showed great skill to get past Bernie Ibini and fly down the flank. His curling centre was weighted perfectly for Jean Carlos Solorzano but the striker inexplicably scooped his effort over the crossbar from just six yards out. It was a poor miss from a striker in decent goal-scoring form of late and allowed the home side to wrestle back the initiative.

TREATMENT TABLE

Jean Carlos Solorzano picked up a thigh injury on his right leg midway through the first half and spent a few minutes off the pitch as heavy strapping was applied. The Costa Rican managed to get through to the break but couldn’t return for the second half.

THE FINAL WORD

The Sky Blues will be confident of continuing their unbeaten run, at home again against another top-six chasing side as Melbourne City come to Allianz Stadium on Friday night. Roar have a vital midweek ACL clash against Suwon Bluewings to worry about on Wednesday night before league-leaders Wellington Phoenix come to Brisbane on Sunday.

TEAMS:

Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Ryall, Jurman, Petkovic, Gersbach, Tavares, Dimitrijevic, Ibini (Antonis 64’), Brosque, Naumoff (Stambolziev 72’), Janko (Smeltz 77’)

Brisbane Roar: Young, Polenz, DeVere, Donachie, Brown, McKay (Lustica 58’), Sarota, Henrique (Borrello 57’), Petratos, Solorzano (Kaluderovic 46’), Broich

Scorers: Henrique 5’, Jurman 7’, Janko 38’, Janko 52’, Janko 75’, Kaluderovic 80’, Borrello 84’, Brosque 89’, Petratos 90’

Red cards: none

Yellow cards: Gersbach 10’, Polenz 30’, Sarota 37’

Conditions: 23C, Wet and Windy

Attendance: 13,818 @ Allianz Stadium

 

 

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