Bobo draws blank on return as Roar frustrate Sydney FC in stalemate

Brazilian striker Bobo made his A-League return for Sydney FC but could not find a way past Brisbane Roar in Saturday's entertaining 0-0 draw.

Bobo came off the bench for his first appearance for the Sky Blues since rejoining the Harbour City outfit in January and drew an outstanding stop from Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young.

Rhyan Grant also hit the bar twice for Steve Corica's side who dominated proceedings after the triple substitution of Luke Brattan, Alex Baumjohann and Bobo on the hour mark but did not capitalise on several good chances in the second half.

Brisbane also enjoyed opportunities to score with Dylan Wenzel-Halls going close and Sydney 'keeper Andrew Redmayne forced into action on other occasions but the visitors were held scoreless for the third consecutive A-League match.

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Key moments

Sydney were mostly in control in a first half that saw little freedom offered to both sides attackers. Calem Nieuwenhof fired over the bar after the ball broke to the youngster on the edge of the box, while Kosta Barbarouses - fresh from his double against Wellington Phoenix last time out - swept an early effort across goal.

Milos Ninkovic forced Jamie Young into a diving save to his left as Steve Corica's men searched for a route through a well-drilled Brisbane rearguard.

But Brisbane had their sights on goal too. Rahmat Akbari's deflected effort had Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne scrambling, Dylan Wenzel-Halls headed Corey Brown's cross wide, and Jay O'Shea could not direct an ambitious volleyed effort on target. 

After a tetchy opening, the match broke open in the second half. Macaulay Gillesphey forced a good save from Redmayne from miles out, while at the other end Patrick Wood kept Young sharp at the near post after the Sydney youngster had tore down the right flank.

Dylan Wenzel-Halls hit the side netting after Ninkovic coughed up possession on the edge of the Sydney box, before Young made an outstanding save to deny Kosta Barbarouses, smothering the Kiwi's effort after Anthony Caceres had found him inside the box following a waltzing run.

Barbarouses twice got the better of Corey Brown in the space of three minutes, and on both occasions it led to Grant hitting the frame of the goal. First, Grant hit the crossbar after Barbarouses' cutback ricocheted into his path, before volleying the ball onto the left post when Barbarouses had driven into the area.

The save of the match came when Young stuck out his left foot with cat-like reflexes to kick away Bobo's header after Baumjohann found the Brazilian in the box. 

Wenzel-Halls fired a powerful effort into the side netting and Alex Wilkinson saved the day for Sydney when Jack Hingert appeared ready to pull the trigger from close range as both sides were left to rue missed opportunities. 

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Melbourne City v Sydney FC
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Kick off: 7.05pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park 
Broadcast: FOX Sports
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Friday 26 February, 2021
Kick off: 9.05pm AEDT
Venue: HBF Park 
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