Sky Blues Progress To A-League Decider

Sydney FC booked their place in next week’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final after defeating Perth Glory 3-0 on Saturday night.

Summary

Sydney FC 3 (Brillante 21’, Buijs 37’, Holosko 45+1’) def. Perth Glory 0

Sydney FC booked their place in next week’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final after defeating Perth Glory 3-0 on Saturday night.

The Premiers took the lead courtesy of Joshua Brillante’s superb long-range effort 20 minutes into the match.

In what was a remarkable end to the first half, the Video Assistant Referee was required to reverse two incorrect offside decisions after replays showed both Jordy Buijs and Filip Holosko had put the ball beyond Liam Reddy from onside positions.

The Sky Blues held on for what was a comfortable and clinical victory in front of a raucous home crowd at Allianz Stadium.

Graham Arnold’s men will face either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane Roar in next Sunday’s decider.

What They Said

Graham Arnold:

“We’ve got a good turnaround of eight days before round 29 and we’ll work hard during the week, recover well and be ready.

“It was an outstanding performance especially on that pitch. I thought we could have had at least another four goals. It was just a totally dominant performance.

“The aim at half time was to go for a fourth and a fifth but Perth are always a dangerous side. They had their moments and it’s about controlling those moments.

“We have some fantastic players technically and our pressing tonight was outstanding. We didn’t let them play at all.

“There was a good crowd tonight and there will be a full house next week of 40,000 Sky Blue supporters against whoever we have to play.”

Goals

21’ BRILLANTE GOAL – Brillante fires a long-range rocket that flies into the top corner.

37’ BUIJS GOAL – Buijs and Brosque exchange a quick one-two before the Dutchman continues his run into the box and puts the ball into the back of the net. VAR reverses the original decision which said that Bobô was in an offside position and had not allowed Djublic to make a tackle on Buijs.

45+1 HOLOSKO GOAL – O’Neill’s curling cross finds the head of Holosko who puts it beyond an oncoming Reddy. VAR reverses the original offside decision.

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Key Moments

16’ BOBÔ CHANCE – Buijs whips in a dangerous cross but Bobô fails to execute the first-time volley.

17’ NINKOVIC CHANCE – Ninkovic beats a defender on the edge of the box before firing his shot wide.

23’ BOBÔ CHANCE – A lovely Sydney move sees Brosque play Bobô inside the box, but the Brazilian’s effort is saved by Reddy.

26’ BOBÔ CHANCE – Ninkovic bursts through the midfield before finding Bobô out wide who forces Reddy into action at his near post.

37’ BUIJS OFFSIDE GOAL – Buijs plays a one-two with Brosque, enters the box and scores a goal, but the linesman has his flag up.

39’ VAR DECISION – Video Assistant Referee reverses the decision and the goal is given.

45’+1’ HOLOSKO OFFSIDE GOAL – O’Neill swings in a curling cross that Holosko heads beyond Reddy, but the linesman has his flag up.

45’+3’ VAR DECISION – Video Assistant Referee reverses the decision and the goal is given.

50’ BOBÔ OFFSIDE GOAL – Ninkovic finds Bobô who heads the ball past Reddy, but the linesman correctly raises his flag for offside.

66’ BOBÔ CHANCE – Following the corner, Bobô cushions the ball inside the box before firing a tame effort wide.

68’ BROSQUE CHANCE – Ninkovic plays Brosque clean through on goal but his ensuing shot is hit straight at Reddy.

69’ IBINI CHANCE – After Reddy stays big to deny Ibini’s shot; the substitute’s second attempt clatters the post and rolls away.

74’ BOBÔ CHANCE – Ibini picks out Bobô with an excellent cross, but his first-time volley flies wide.

90+1 IBINI INJURY – With all three substitutes on the pitch, Sydney are down to 10 men after Ibini is taken back to the dressing room with an apparent hamstring injury.

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Team News

Sydney FC 3 (Brillante 21’, Buijs 37’, Holosko 45+1’) def. Perth Glory 0

Head Coach Graham Arnold named an unchanged line-up following his side’s 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets last time out.

Ground: Allianz Stadium

Referee: Peter Green

Attendance: 21,938

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Sydney FC: 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Jordy BUIJS, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. BOBÔ, 10. Milos NINKOVIC (17. David CARNEY 81’), 13. Brandon O’NEILL, 14. Alex BROSQUE (c) (18. Matt SIMON 86’), 21. Filip HOLOSKO (11. Bernie IBINI 66’), 23. Rhyan GRANT.

Subs not used: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 8. Milos DIMITRIJEVIC.

Yellow cards: Ibini 89’.

Red cards: None.

Perth Glory: 33. Liam REDDY (gk), 3. Marc WARREN, 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Joel CHIANESE (14. Chris HAROLD 73’), 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9. Andrew KEOGH, 11. Richard GARCIA (15. Brandon WILSON 52’), 17. Diego CASTRO, 19. Joshua RISDON, 22. Adam TAGGART, 26. Lucian GOIAN.

Subs not used: 13. Nicholas FEELY (gk), 5. Rhys WILLIAMS, 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC.

Yellow cards: Goian 24’, Risdon 45’, Warren 80’, Keogh 83’.

Red cards: None.

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