Tilio leads Melbourne City to victory over Sydney FC

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After an unexpected defeat in last week’s Melbourne Derby, Melbourne City pulled off a statement 3-2 victory over Sydney FC.

Melbourne City got off to a much-needed quick start when Florin Berenguer, who was replacing Mathew Leckie on the wing, was able to send a perfect cross to the six-yard box, which Jamie Maclaren was able to get his head to as he helped it into the top-right corner.

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Eight minutes later, Melbourne City piled on the misery when Marco Tilio won a tackle just outside Melbourne City’s own penalty box. He then proceeded to make a run the length of the pitch and then beautifully place a shot that beat Andrew Redmayne in the top-right corner.

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Midway through the first half Sydney FC were able to get a bit more time on the ball. Joe Lolley provided an excellent through-ball to Robert Mak allowing him to get in a one-on-one opportunity with Tom Glover, which Mak easily converted in the 29th minute.

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However, mere seconds later the star of the first half, Tilio, again was able to push into Sydney’s penalty area, this time supplying a deft cut-back to Maclaren allowing him to get his second goal of the half.

There were a few nervous Melbourne City faces in the 55th minute when the VAR called over referee Shaun Evans to take a look at a possible red card for violent conduct on Richard van der Venne, but ultimately Evans decided just to give the Dutch midfielder a yellow card.

The second half fell to a snail’s pace, possibly as a result of both teams running out of gas early due to the goal-fest of the first half.

Just prior to full-time, Van der Venne had a chance to make it four for Melbourne City but he put it just wide of the goal.

Sydney FC were able to get a consolation goal moments before the final whistle from a Diego Caballo free kick on the edge of the box.

Melbourne City FC 3 (Maclaren 5′ 30′, Tilio 13′)

Sydney FC 2 (Mak 28′, Caballo 90+7′)

AAMI Park

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Andrew Linday, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Melbourne City FC: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Nuno REIS, Thomas LAM, Richard VAN DER VENNE, Jamie MACLAREN (C) (Andrew NABBOUT 75′), Florin BERENGUER, Aiden O’NEILL, Valon BERISHA, Marco TILIO (Scott GALLOWAY 90′), Callum TALBOT, Jordan BOS

Unused Substitutes: Jordan HALL, Kerrin STOKES, Max CAPUTO, Emin DURAKOVIC, Matthew SUTTON (GK)

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Alexander WILKINSON (C), Paulo RETRE (Joel KING 64′), Joseph LOLLEY (Alexander PARSONS 64′), Robert MAK (Jaiden KUCHARSKI 76′), Anthony CACERES, Diego CABALLO, Max BURGESS (Patrick WOOD 76′), Rhyan GRANT, Luke BRATTON, Aaron GURD

Unused Substitutes: Jack ROCKWELL, Matthew SCARCELLA, Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK)

Featured Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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