Goals rain as Sydney fall to Victory in Big Blue

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The rain poured and so did the goals as Sydney FC went blow for blow with Melbourne Victory in the Big Blue at Allianz Stadium.

A double from danger-man Besart Berisha provided Melbourne Victory with all three points in a heated 4-2 win over Sydney FC, the Sky Blues left wondering where things went wrong.

The two Hyundai A-League giants declared their intentions early after a string of fierce challenges and a dismissed Melbourne penalty in the 3rd minute set the tone of the derby.

However it was Sydney who would make the first mark on the game. A penetrating run from Alex Gersbach in the 5th minute turned Georgievski inside out before the youngster laid the ball to Filip Holosko who found the net from the edge of the six-yard box as Sydney took the lead 1-0.

Sydney’s attacking pressure saw the home side trouble the visitors early. However it was usual suspect Besart Berisha who wouldn’t allow the home team to settle as the Albanian shook off Jacques Faty to lace a deflected ball past Vedran Janjetovic in the 9th minute to draw the visitors level 1-1.

While the Sky Blues have been criticised early in the season for restrictive play, tonight was a welcome change. The attacking line of the Sky Blues achieved a fluid synchronisation whilst not at the expense of their textbook shape. And they would be rewarded in the 20th minute when captain Alex Brosque found himself in the right position to put teammate Shane Smeltz’s parried shot away as Sydney took the lead 2-1.

As usual for Victory it was danger-men Guilherme Finkler and Berisha giving Sydney the biggest headaches in defence as the pair looked to link up as much as possible. And for all his orchestration is was Finkler who would equalise for the Victory in the 28th when a questionable handball by Georgievski allowed the defender to play in the Brazilian at the near post who made no mistake in blasting one past Janjetovic.

Four goals in half an hour had those who braved the rain in sporting ecstasy as the tempo continued into the half-time break.

The second half picked up where the first left off with both teams looking to gain an inch on the other.

A flurry of shots and a couple hit posts from the Sky Blues had the visitors backtracking early in the half as Danny Vukovic, alert between the sticks, kept the visitors’ night alive.

Yet for all their efforts it was a counterattack that allowed Kosta Barbarouses to find himself in a fortunate onside position after a blocked shot from Finkler fell to his touch. The substitute wouldn’t waste the gift, pushing the ball past Janjetovic to put the visitors in the lead 3-2.

The Sydney cause continued late up until the whistle as the Sky Blues eagerly racked up countless potential scoring opportunities. But it was not to be, Besart Berisha jading the Sydney defence with a string of stepovers, finding the bottom corner of the net leaving the visitors triumphant at full time, 4-2.

Sydney FC: 1.JANJETOVIC Vedran, 3.GERSBACH Alexander, 5.JURMAN Matthew, 8.DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 9.SMELTZ Shane, 10,NINKOVIC Milos, (13.O’NEILL Brandon), 14.BROSQUE Alex(c), (18.SIMON Matthew), 19.FATY Jacques, 21.HOLOSKO Filip, 23.GRANT Rhyan, 27.TAVARES Mickael,(24.BLACKWOOD George)

Substitutions not used

2.RYALL Sebastian, 20.NECEVSKI Ivan

Melbourne Victory: 1.VUKOVIC Daniel, 5.GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6.BROXHAM Leigh(c), 7.FINKLER Guilherme, 8.BERISHA Besart, (9.BARBAROUSES Kosta), 13.BOZANIC Oliver, 14.BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 16.MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu, 18.MURNANE Dylan, 24.Deng Thomas

19.HOWARD George, 20.THOMAS Lawrence, 22.MAKAROUNAS Hesse, 32.NIGRO Stefan

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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