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Slick Sydney FC still on top in derby marred by VAR controversy

27 October 2018 11:14 AM
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Different venue, same outcome. Sydney FC's utter dominance of their A-League derby rivals continued with a clinical 2-0 win over Western Sydney at the SCG on Saturday night.

Adam Le Fondre's early goal and Alex Brosque's second-half settler extended the Sky Blues' record to 10 wins and four draws in their last 15 matches against their crosstown nemesis. The Wanderers had their chances but simply weren't good enough to take them. On the one occasion they were, the VAR cruelly snatched it away.

The result means Steve Corica is undefeated in six matches – four in the FFA Cup and two in the A-League – since taking over from Graham Arnold as coach. On the evidence of this derby, Corica has this team humming. It bodes very well for Tuesday's FFA Cup final in Adelaide, although a late hamstring issue to injury-prone marquee recruit Siem de Jong took some of the gloss off the victory.

It didn't take Sydney long to assert themselves, with goalsneak Le Fondre pouncing in just the fourth minute. It started with a free kick in a good position. Michael Zullo's delivery was headed clear, but only as far as Paulo Retre, a surprise starter in place of de Jong. Retre had a lash from outside the box which took a deflection. It fell to Le Fondre, whose first attempt was smothered by Vedran Janjetovic, but his second made the net bulge.

The Sky Blues looked the better side for most of the first half but it should have been all square in the 19th minute. Josh Brillante lost possession in midfield and the Wanderers launched a rapid counter-attack. Alexander Baumjohann's ball unleashed Jaushua Sotirio down the right flank. Sotirio played in a great cross to Oriel Riera, but the Spaniard scooped his attempt wide and the Sky Blues were off the hook.


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