Hyundai A-League classic clashes: Sydney’s stunning Derby comeback

Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers renew their rivalry on Saturday night in the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season's first Sydney Derby.

Three years ago today, the two sides met in front of over 41,000 fans in a pulsating round two clash.

We relive that memorable night at Allianz Stadium.

BRIDGE DRAWS FIRST BLOOD

After a tense opening, former Sydney FC striker Mark Bridge fired the Wanderers in front.

Dutch maestro Romeo Castelen jinked down the right before providing a pinpoint cross which the Western Sydney front-man gleefully volleyed home from 12 yards.

Mark Bridge celebrates after giving the Wanderers the lead.
Mark Bridge celebrates after giving the Wanderers the lead.

VEDRAN'S ERROR

Five minutes later the lead was doubled when a Western Sydney corner was hoisted skywards inside the Sydney FC penalty area.

It eventually came down right on the goal-line, with Sky Blues goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic unable to keep it out, and in fact getting the final touch before the ball crossed the line.

GAMEIRO GRABS ONE BACK

With half-time approaching, Sydney FC got a foothold back in the match.

Corey Gameiro had scored the previous weekend in a 1-1 draw with Melbourne City and repeated the dose with a tidy finish in first half injury-time.

Corey Gameiro gave Sydney FC a lifeline just before the break.
Corey Gameiro gave Sydney FC a lifeline just before the break.

AND WE'RE LEVEL!

It took less than five minutes of the second half for the home side to square things up at 2-2.

A left-wing corner was poked goalwards by big centre-back Sasa Ognenovski, with the final touch coming off Romeo Castelen as the ball dribbled over the line.

SABA SEES RED

As both sides went in search of a winner, tempers flared and with 20 minutes to go, Western Sydney's Brazilian midfielder Vitor Saba flew into a rash challenge on Terry Antonis.

As players from both sides joined the melee, Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones produced a straight red card and Wanderers were down to ten men.

Alex Brosque chases down Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
Alex Brosque chases down Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

BROSQUEY WINS IT

With ten minutes left in a breathless encounter, Alex Brosque found the decisive winning goal.

After clever lead-up work down the left from Alex Gersbach and Corey Gameiro, the Sydney FC skipper was on hand to fire home from close range.

From 2-0 down, Sydney FC had won it 3-2!