Sydney FC masterclass in Melbourne as City smashed by Hyundai A-League leaders
Sydney FC thumped Melbourne City 4-0 on Saturday night in a fabulous advertisement for Hyundai A-League football and yet another reminder of the Sky Blues' machine-like class.
The league leaders were at their clinical best at Melbourne's AAMI Park as they go 12 points clear at the top.
Two goals to striker Bobo showcased the league-leaders' class in the front third, while Sydney FC's defence was at its mean best to register another clean sheet.
Before kick off, there was a minute's silence in honour of former Hyundai A-League star Liam Miller, who passed away earlier in the day.
Re-live the game in the MATCH CENTRE
STORY OF THE GAME
- FRANTIC START What a game, both sides playing high-intensity football.
- NINKOVIC GOES CLOSE Bouzanis deniEs the Serbian after he jinked into the box.
- PENALTY TO SYDNEY FC City caught out in possession, Sydney FC pounce and Bouzanis takes down Brosque.
- GOAL TO SYDNEY FC Bobo converts, but he only just gets it past Bouzanis. 0-1 after 31 mins.
- SUPER CHANCE SPURNED Bobo to Mierzejewski but the Pole, surprisingly, fails to control as he moved into the City box.
- REDMAYNE SAVES Budzinski fed by Muscat but his low shot is scuffed and saved by the Sky Blues keeper.
- GOAL SYDNEY FC Ninkovic completes a superb goal in transition. 0-2.
- HALF TIME 0-2 Wow, what a first half. Intense and exciting stuff with Sydney at their awesome, clinical best.
- O'NEILL DOWN The Sydney FC midfielder is down on the ground, after what looks like a head clash. He is being attended to by the team doctor, who is running a concussion test.
- BRUNO'S BACK! Bruno Fornaroli returns to the City side and he lifts the roof off when he's subbed on after 63 mins.
- GOAL SYDNEY FC Moments after Fornaroli is injected and Bobo powers his header home. 0-3 after 64 mins and it's the Brazilian's 20th goal of the season.
- MISTAKE Bouzanis has his pocket picked by Bobo near the corner flag, the Brazilian pushes the ball into the box at a tight angle, feeds Ninkovic in front of goal but City scramble clear.
- REDMAYNE TO THE RESCUE City find a way through but the Sky Blues keeper is alive to the danger and he clears the ball. What a defensive unit.
- GOAL TO SYDNEY FC Mierzejewski makes it 4-0 after 80 mins. This is an awesome display.
Bobo (pen) Sydney FC 0-1, 32'
Brosque taken down by Bouzanis, referee Kurt Ams points to the spot and Bobo converts past Bouzanis, who deflects the ball onto the bar and it goes over the line
Ninkovic Sydney FC 0-2, 43'
Zullo steals the ball in transition, bursts forward cuts inside and plays-in Ninkovic who curls a perfect shot past Bouzanis.
Bobo Sydney FC 0-3, 64'
Zullo again with the assist, his cross finding the Brazilian's head and in between defenders, he guides it past Bouzanis.
Mierzejewski Sydney FC 0-4, 79'
Man of the match Zullo with the assist for Mierzejewski. Zullo floats a ball into the box and Mierzejewski hits the ball into the ground and it bounces over the head of Bouzanis and in.