Big Blue finishes all square despite 10-man Sydney

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The 1-1 result was not what either team needed at this stage of the season however represents a point salvaged for both Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC who both sit precariously in a finals position.

The Big Blue started off with Victory almost in front early. Just after 10 minutes Gui Finkler hit the crossbar from a freekick for the third time in a fortnight but the effort was cleared by Sydney.

Matt Simon had an early night having to come off with suspected a rib injury after 20 minutes.

A physical first half ended with neither team yet to score, Victory edging it in terms of momentum whilst the foul count mounted.

One minute into the second term a long ball from Daniel Georgievski from the left side of defence found Kosta Barbarouses on the right side of the attack. Barbarouses then ran into the box and turned Rhyan Grant inside out before finishing well to open the scoring.

Victory looked the more dangerous and at 53 minutes Barbarouses’ indirect freekick hit Finklers head which landed to Fahid Ben Khalfallah who’s volley only just curled over the crossbar.

Jacques Faty was given his marching orders following some cynical defending, and Sydney were left a man down for the final 27 minutes.

 

Little saw coming a blistering run down the left flank by David Carney in the 76th minute but it paid dividends. Carney took on Thomas Deng as he struck the ball with irresistible power and from an acute angle to equalise.

With five minutes remaining Milos Ninkovic almost put the Sky Blues in front. A cleared corner fell to him but his volleyed shot at goal was dramatically saved by a diving Danny Vukovic.

The last real chance came when substitute Ollie Bozanic had a through ball to Georgievski. The Macedonian got within metres of the goal however his shot was blocked by Jurman.

It finished 1-1 at AAMI Park with Melbourne Victory fans wondering why they weren’t able to capitalise on having an extra man.

Melbourne Victory: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 7. FINKLER Gui, 8. BERISHA Besart (82’ 10. THOMPSON Archie), 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta (80’ 23. INGHAM Jai), 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu, 24. DENG Thomas (82’ 13. BOZANIC Ollie)

Sydney FC: 1. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 2. RYALL Sebastian, 5. JURMAN Matthew, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (67’ 9. SMELTZ Shane), 17. CARNEY David, 18. SIMON Matt (20’ 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos), 19. FATY Jacques, 21. HOLOSKO Filip (88’ 6. STAMBOLZIEV Robert), 23. GRANT Rhyan

Attendance: 20112

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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