Sydney FC Remain Unbeaten And Top

Sydney FC have extended their unbeaten run to eight games (14 in all competitions) to remain at the top of the Hyundai A-League.


Sydney FC 0 drew with Adelaide United 0

Sydney FC have extended their unbeaten run to eight games (14 in all competitions) to remain at the top of the Hyundai A-League.

Graham Arnold’s men secured a hard fought 0-0 draw against a dogged Adelaide United side with centre half Matt Jurman playing almost an hour of the game with a bandage around his head following a nasty head clash.

The result puts the Sky Blues seven points clear at the top of the table as they head to Melbourne for the FFA Cup Final on Wednesday night against Melbourne City at AAMI Park.


What They Said

Graham Arnold: “I was very happy with the effort that the players put in. Every team is going to lift and we have to lift our performances as well. At the end of the game I felt that we were trying to win the game and they were trying not to lose. A point is better than zero and we move forward.”


Key Moments

32’ JURMAN BLOODIED – Jurman rises for a header in the box and clashes heads with Holland.  He bleeds profusely and needs treatment to fix the gash.

39’ ELRICH SHOT – Elrich surges forward from the right and unleashes a strong left foot shot just wide of Vukovic’s left hand post.

44’ HOLOSKO CHANCE – A ball from Jurman to Bobô allows the Brazilian to set up former Besiktas team-mate Holosko who fires just wide with his right foot.

58’ CARRUSCA CHANCE – Garuccio gets clear on the left flank and cuts the ball back to Carrusca who hits a tame shot at Vukovic.

62’ HOLLAND CHANCE – Holland picks up the ball in the Sydney FC half and drives at the defence. He opens up the opportunity for a shot but it’s straight at Vukovic.

77’ NINKOVIC PENALTY CLAIMS – The Serbian is bundled over in the box as he tries to take the ball down but claims for a penalty are waved away.


Team News

Sydney FC 0 drew with Adelaide United 0

Head Coach Graham Arnold rested Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque in anticipation of the Wednesday night’s FFA Cup Final with David Carney coming into the fold.  Milos Dimitrijevic also returned to the bench in place of Bernie Ibini while new injury replacement goalkeeper Chris Oldfield came onto the bench.

Ground: Allianz Stadium

Referee: Kris Griffith Jones

Attendance: 13,179

Sydney FC:  20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Matt JURMAN (c), 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. BOBÔ (18. Matt SIMON 66’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 13. Brandon O’NEILL (8. Milos DIMITRIJEVIC 81’), 17. David CARNEY, 21. Filip HOLOSKO (14. Alex BROSQUE 57’), 23. Rhyan GRANT.

Subs not used: 40. Chris OLDFIELD, 22. Sebastian RYALL.

Yellow cards: Carney 41’, Ninkovic 45+4’.

Red cards: None.

Adelaide United: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS 85’), 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC (7.HENRIQUE 65’), 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO (18.Riley McGREE 79’), 25.James HOLLAND

Subs not used:  20.John HALL (gk), 5.Taylor REGAN.

Yellow cards: Isaias 32’, Elrich 82’.

Red cards: None.

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