Sydney vs Melbourne Victory

Current Score

  • Sydney 3
  • Melbourne Victory 2

Match Profile

  • Time 7:45 PM AEDT 9 November 2013
  • League Australia A-League
  • Round Round 5
  • Venue Allianz Stadium


Sydney SYD

Melbourne Victory

Mel Victory MVC
Goal Scorers
  • R. García
    • 3minutes
  • S. Ryall
    • 15minutes
  • A. Del Piero (PG)
    • 36minutes
Goal Scorers
  • A. Thompson
    • 17minutes
  • J. Troisi
    • 27minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 3
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 2
9 Nov 2013 - 9:42pm

Sydney FC scores epic victory

  • Lucky strike ... Seb Ryall is congratulated for his goal (Getty)
Ten-man Sydney FC staged a brave rearguard action to beat Melbourne Victory 3-2 in a pulsating A-League clash at Allianz Stadium.

9 Nov 2013 - 2:37 PM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2013 - 9:42 PM

The fixture between the league's most fierce rivals that has come to be known as the "Big Blue" had everything including a red card to Marc Warren that left Sydney with a man short for more than an hour.

The match had an explosive start when Sydney took the lead in its first attack after two minutes.

A long punt from goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic was flicked backwards by a Victory defender and Richard Garcia won the race for the ball with Nathan Coe to slot the ball home.

Brett Emerton should have made it two a few minutes later when he headed wide from an excellent position.

But Sydney went further ahead on 14 minutes when a defensive header rebounded off Seb Ryall's face and into the net.

Sydney's joy was shortlived because ace striker Archie Thompson scored with a simple tap-in after being excellently served by Connor Pain.

Pain's pace was causing Sydney all sorts of problems and after 24 minutes he drew a foul from Warren when he was clear on goal and the defender was rightly sent off.

Sydney was made to pay an even heavier price for Warren's indiscetion because James Troisi's subsequent free kick took a wicked deflection and the ball ended up in the net.

Two-all with not even half an hour gone!

It should have been more a few moments later because Victory captain Mark Milligan missed the post with a low shot when he should have done much better.

Victory defender Pablo Contreras amazingly charged into Alessandro Del Piero when no danger appeared and gave away a penalty and the Italian superstar duly obliged by putting Sydney back in front.

Victory came out firing in the second half and Janjetovic did well to turn a low drive from Adama Traore to corner.

Sydney defended well in numbers and relied on Del Piero to relieve the pressure with his ability to keep the ball.

With time running out goalkeeper Janjetovic came out to narrow the angle on the advancing Thompson and the striker hit the ball wide.

Match Commentary

minute code event
89 SI Substitute in J. Chianese of Sydney
89 SO Substitute out A. Del Piero of Sydney
82 SI Substitute in C. Naumoff of Sydney
82 SO Substitute out R. García of Sydney
74 SI Substitute in P. Bojić of Sydney
74 SO Substitute out M. Thompson of Sydney
70 YC Yellow card awarded to J. Geria of Melbourne Victory
69 SI Substitute in A. Nabbout of Melbourne Victory
69 SO Substitute out C. Pain of Melbourne Victory
69 SI Substitute in Guilherme of Melbourne Victory
69 SO Substitute out L. Broxham of Melbourne Victory
53 YC Yellow card awarded to S. Ryall of Sydney
50 YC Yellow card awarded to B. Emerton of Sydney
45 YC Yellow card awarded to N. Petković of Sydney
45 YC Yellow card awarded to L. Broxham of Melbourne Victory
36 YC Yellow card awarded to P. Contreras of Melbourne Victory
36 PG GOAL (Sydney): Penalty scored by A. Del Piero
34 YC Yellow card awarded to A. Traore of Melbourne Victory
27 G GOAL (Melbourne Victory): Scored by J. Troisi
26 RC Red card awarded to M. Warren of Sydney
17 G GOAL (Melbourne Victory): Scored by A. Thompson
15 G GOAL (Sydney): Scored by S. Ryall
3 G GOAL (Sydney): Scored by R. García

Match Statistics

Sydney FCSYD

Possession (%) 38
Attacks 37
Corners 4
Dangerous Attacks 24
Fouls 18
Free Kicks 22
Goals 3
Goal Kicks 11
Offsides 1
Penalties 1
Shots Blocked 2
Shots on Target 5
Shots Wide 7
Throw Ins 20
Yellow Cards 2
Red Cards 1

Melbourne VictoryMVC