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Sydney FC gains revenge over Melbourne

By Adrian Proszenko 03/12/2005 10:55:13 PM Comments (0)

Sydney FC will start its World Club Championship campaign buoyed by a comfortable 2-1 defeat of Melbourne Victory in the A-League at Aussie Stadium.

Goals from Steve Corica and David Carney exacted sweet revenge against the Victory, which had humiliated the glamour club by scoring five unanswered goals in their previous encounter at Olympic Park seven weeks ago.

The win also keeps second-placed Sydney in touch with league-leader Adelaide, which is five points ahead on the ladder with six rounds remaining.

Sydney will fly out to Japan on Tuesday night to prepare for its opening CWC match against Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa on December 12.

The home side was in control for the majority of the match, but a Daniel Allsopp goal with just two minutes remaining ensured a thrilling finish for the crowd of 17,272.

Sydney's first genuine chance came in the 13th minute when Alvin Ceccoli fired a volley over the crossbar from a Dwight Yorke corner, the shot just sailing over the outstretched hand of Victory keeper Michael Theoklitos.

The breakthrough came just 11 minutes later, with midfielder Steve Corica drilling his strike into the top left-hand corner of the net for the opening goal after some clever lead-up work from Yorke and Sasho Petrovski.

It was the first goal of the season for Corica, who missed last weekend's epic 3-2 loss to Adelaide due to a virus.

The hosts were unlucky not to go further ahead, with Yorke's long-range attempt denied by a brilliant Theoklitos save just three minutes later.

Sydney continued pressure Melbourne and were again denied in the 31st minute, this time by the woodwork, after Japanese short-term import Kazuyoshi Miura's rocket rebounded off the left-hand post.

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