There are several things Sydney FC’s draw with Melbourne Victory will be remembered for, but fans won’t forget the hilarious part of the day and the painful moment of the match. Despite all these, they would be grateful they were able to salvage a vital point to keep the club’s A-League finals prospects alive.
Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic was benched arriving at the ground late after getting stuck in traffic. The goalkeeper barely had time to take his seat before Melbourne Victory scored through Milligan in the third minute.
Alessandro Del Piero’s penalty miss at the hour mark made getting anything from the match seem elusive as starting the matching without their first choice goalkeeper, then conceding an early goal was the first sign of trouble. But Del Piero pushed his penalty kick into the path of a diving Nathan Coe after a Victory defender handballed in the box, and the 22,233 crowd thought it was over for Sydney.
An 85th-minute equaliser from Sky Blues substitute Yairo Yau however lightened up the stadium and brought the crowd to its feet.
In a high tempo free-flowing game, Marco Rojas was wasteful at the other end for the visitors but a draw was probably a fair result.