Victory and Sydney FC play out enthralling draw at AAMI Park

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It was an exhilarating encounter that probably deserved more goals than it produced, however, neither Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC could find the winner in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.

The first major opportunity of the match came by way of Victory striker Francois Margiotta, who sent his chance in front of goal flying over the keeper in the eighth minute.

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Sydney FC’s Trent Buhagiar had a chance to chip it over the keeper six minutes later, however his chance strayed wide of the opposite goal post.

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Two minutes later, Patrick Yazbek sent one flying over the Victory crossbar from outside the box.

With each side playing such a high-octane brand of football, the dam was eventually going to be broken. And it was Ben Folami who found the back of the net for Victory in the 17th minute off a beautifully-paced counter attack.

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Soon enough, Yazbek was again in the thick of it, his an effective slide halting a dangerous Marco Rojas cross. Subsequently, Buhagiar’s strike from outside the box took a deflection before narrowly going wide of the goal.

Margiotta again couldn’t quite get ahold of the ball in a prime scoring position, this time it was Jason Davidson finding him in the 36th minute.

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A Sydney FC corner sent the ball pinballing around in the box, before Milos Ninkovic managed to squeeze it past Ivan Kelava and equalise the contest in the 37th minute.

The second half saw more fast-paced action, and it opened with an Alex Wilkinson header finding its way into the safe hands of Kelava.

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Folami seemed poised to double his tally for the evening, but simply did not put enough power behind his point-blank volley to get it past Heward-Bele in the 52nd minute.

Friendly fire between Jason Geria and Rai Marchan saw the latter grounded and in need of assistance. He was eventually stretchered off with Robbie Kruse taking his place.

Geria wasted no time getting back into the action, preventing a dangerous Sydney foray via a deflection.

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The ensuing period yielded few genuine chances, with Folami again in the mix during a Victory counter-attack, but neither that chance nor the poorly-executed corner proved damaging.

But it was once again the spark plug Folami who proved inspirational, his cross finding Kruse, who simply needed to slot it past the keeper.

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Sydney FC were yet again able to find something, with substitute Bobo finding the back of the net from a corner, tying the game in the 81st minute.

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The Sky Blues managed to get Kelava off his line, but the strike which followed could not make its way through the Victory defence in the 89th minute.

Each side threatened in the eight minutes of stoppage time, however neither could break the deadlock. Both should take plenty of positives from the match, but unfortunately neither could take all three points.

Melbourne Victory: 2 (Folami 17′, Kruse 77′)

Sydney FC: 2 (Ninkovic 37′, Bobo 81′)

MELBOURNE VICTORY: Ivan KELAVA, Jay BARNETT (Stefan NIGRO 45′), Leigh BROXHAM, Jason GERIA, Jason DAVIDSON, Josh BRILLANTE, Rai MARCHAN (Robbie KRUSE 64′), Jake BRIMMER, Ben FOLAMI (Lleyton BROOKS 87′), Francois MARGIOTTA (Nick D’AGOSTINO 70′), Marco ROJAS (Chris IKONOMIDIS 63′)

Unused Subs: Matt ACTON, Aaron ANDERSON,

SYDNEY FC: Tom HEWARD-BELLE, Harry VAN DER SAAG (Mustafa AMINI 62′), James DONACHIE, Alex WILSON, Connor O’TOOLE (Max BURGESS 80′), Paulo RETRE (Callum TALBOT 63′), Patrick YAZBEK, Anthony CACRES, Milos NINKOVIC (BOBO 69′), Elvis KAMSOBA, Trent BUHAGIAR

Unused Subs: Adam PAVLESIC, Ben WARLAND, Patrick WOOD

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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