Sydney FC stunned Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon after recording a 5-0 thrashing in the A-league’s highly anticipated ‘Big Blue’ fixture.
An Alessandro Del Piero inspired Sydney FC ensured that Melbourne Victory fell victim to a second 5-0 slaughtering in two weeks on Sunday afternoon in front of the Victory’s home fans.
Sydney dominated the clash from the first whistle to last, and found an early breakthrough after a finely-executed long ball from veteran Terry McFlynn found striker Ranko Despotovic.
The Serbian still had plenty to do though, and after out-muscling Melbourne’s Nick Ansell, Despotovic managed to squeeze a low strike across goalkeeper Nathan Coe and into the far corner of the goal.
Despotovic then went from scorer to provider only moments later when he earned his side a penalty after riding a clumsy challenge from former Victory captain Adrian Leijer inside the box.
Italian legend Del Piero was the architect after sending a delightful ball into Despotovic’s path, and it was the former Juventus man who converted the penalty to double Sydney’s lead.
Former Victory player Seb Ryall then rubbed salt into his old club’s wounds after scoring a fantastic solo goal.
Ryall skipped past two challenges before striking the ball past Coe in Victory’s goal putting the Sky Blues three goals up just midway through the first half.
Leijer’s nightmarish day was complete as the first half came to a close when he was forced to leave the field with concussion as a result of enduring a fiercely driven strike to the face.
As play resumed in the second half, the Victory barely offered an improved approach to a game they were clearly chasing across all aspects, and conceded a fourth goal just minutes into the half.
A blunder from Coe gifted Del Piero with space and time to drill the ball home and double his tally for the afternoon.
As the game progressed, the Victory struggled to create any real chance and the side’s misery was compounded during the dying stages of the clash when Sydney substitute Nick Carle pounced on another defensive error to make it 5-0.
It was the second week in a row that the Victory coughed up five goals, and just the third time in the history of football being played professionally in Australia that a team copped five goals twice in two weeks.
Elsewhere in the competition on Australia Day, the Western Sydney Wanderers recaptured some much needed form after taking care of Perth Glory at home 3-1.
The hosts found goals through Brendon Santalab, Aaron Mooy and Mark Bridge, while Shane Smeltz was the lone goalscorer for Perth.
Written by Ellis Gelios