Sydney FC’s unbeaten dream has ended at the hands of their most hated rivals as Wanderers snatched a famous 1-0 win at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Brendon Santalab’s superb first-half goal snapped the Sky Blues’ 19-game undefeated streak and sealed Western Sydney’s first derby success since January 2014.
Sydney FC started brightest but it was Wanderers who wrested the lead inside half an hour as Santalab, restored to the starting eleven, proved a point with a delightful turn and finish.
Tension rose throughout an even contest as Tony Popovic’s men inched towards their biggest result of the season.
Danny Vukovic and Vedran Janjetovic both produced fine saves to heighten the drama while the league leaders were denied a late penalty shout as their historic run came to an end after 20 rounds.
1-0 Wanderers: Santalab, 26’
After softly bringing down Mitch Nichols’ cross, Santalab’s second touch was even better as he spun away from a challenge before firing through Vukovic on the turn.
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