Ten-man Sydney remain unbeaten after City stalemate

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The gap at the top of the A-League ladder will remain the same for at least another week after an entertaining 1-1 draw in front of 14,668 at ANZ Stadium.

The heated game proved lively despite a lack of second half chances, and City will be particularly disappointed that they couldn’t craft more against ten men.

Sydney started the better of the two teams, with Milos Dimitrijevic testing the waters with a free kick from the edge of the area after just three minutes.

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The Sky Blues looked to have taken a 16th minute lead when Rhyan Grant’s strike smashed into the back of the net, but the goal was correctly disallowed after brushing an offside Bobo on the way through.

Nicolas Colazo was mere inches away from snatching the lead for the visitors against the run of play when his 25th minute free-kick ricocheted off the bar, the effort leaving Sydney keeper Danny Vukovic fixed on his line.

But City didn’t have to wait long to strike the first blow.

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Colazo’s superb run and through ball to Fernando Brandan was equally matched by the Argentine who struck a blistering long range effort into the back of the net to put City up 1-0 after 31 minutes.

Sydney again proved the stronger of the two sides after the break, but couldn’t break through an impressive City defense.

Debutant centre-back Ruon Tongyik looked particularly adept, the 19-year-old fitting in comfortably to the City line-up with defensive partner Michael Jakobsen.

Grant once again provided Sydney’s only attacking threat, finding the side-netting with an unmarked header at the back post after 59 minutes.

The night looked to have taken an even worse turn for the Sky Blues in the 73rd minute when Joshua Brilliante picked up his second yellow card of the evening for a late foul on Neil Kilkenny.

But the home side finally found a reward for their second-half persistence with ten minutes to go, Bobo levelling from the spot after receiving a controversial tug to the shirt from Jakobsen.

The game descended into a heated affair in the final minutes, with both sides frustrated at their inability to find a winner.

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Sydney will be pleased to have taken a point and retained their gap at the top of the table despite playing the final 20 minutes with a man down, while City will return to Melbourne disappointed after failing to see out their lead.

Sydney FC 1 (Bobo 81’)
Melbourne City 1 (Brandan 31’)

Stadium: ANZ Stadium
Crowd: 14,668

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields and Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett

Sydney FC 4. WILKINSON Alex, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos (13. O’NEILL Brandon 77’), 9. BOBÔ (18. SIMON Matt 80’), 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 14. BROSQUE Alex, 20. VUKOVIC Danny (gk), 21. HOLOSKO Filip (11. IBINI Bernie 57’), 22. RYALL Sebastian, 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 5. JURMAN Matt, 40. OLDFIELD Christopher (gk)

Melbourne City 3. ROSE Josh, 5. FRANJIC Ivan (17. CAHILL Tim 83’), 8. KILKENNY Neil, 9. COLAZO Nicolas, 10. CACERES Anthony (18. RETRE Paulo 68’), 20. BOUZANIS Dean (gk), 21. TONGYIK, Ruon, 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (c), 26. BRATTAN Luke, 27. BRANDAN Fernando
Substitutes: 1. SORENSEN Thomas (gk), 2. MUSCAT Manny, 12. FITZGERALD Nick

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