News – AU – Hot in the city: Melbourne gets the points in the A-League

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It is said that revenge is best served cold, but Melbourne City was hotter than all season when they threatened to take Master Sydney by the sword

But after dominating most of the 90 minutes, they clung to a 3-2 win after Sydney got back into the game with two goals in the last 18 minutes

Jamie Maclaren with one goal in each half and Adrian Luna put Patrick Kisnorbo’s team in the driver’s seat and they seemed to be on track to avenge their 1-0 defeat in the final

Milos Ninkovic’s goal in 72 Minute after a deflected cross from Adrian Caceres looked like it was just consolation for Sydney, but Patrick Woods hit in the 90 Minute caused nervousness and consternation both on the field and on the city bench

However, the hosts stuck to a game in which they played their best football of the season

City boss Patrick Kisnorbo shuffled his backpack and put Rostyn Griffiths and Andrew Nabbout back on the grid to learn how to take the sting of the champions, a team known for their skills, take the pressure off and do whatever you can to get the points

However, it was City’s general energy and edge, their dedication to the collective and the way they pushed and pushed their opponents that made the difference between these two teams

City was founded to deny Sydney any space, and they have done so – while creating many opportunities for themselves at the same time

Sydney’s case was not helped by the concussion injury that forced key midfielder Luke Brattan out of the game midway through the first half

Florin Berenguer played an attacking midfield role alongside Luna, while Maclaren was his usual goal-hungry self, shooting through the box

They got a lot of support from Nabbout and Craig Noone on the flanks, and it didn’t take City long – eight minutes – to bring their noses forward

The first goal came from a fluid motion as Nathaniel Atkinson found Nabbout His cross was deflected onto Luna, and when Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was only able to parry the ball, Maclaren did what he did best – he reacted faster than anyone to pop the ball home

The early breakthrough galvanized city of Berenguer, Luna, Noone, Maclaren and Nabbout tormented the Sydney rearguard with their sharp interplay and movement as Sydney sought to break the shackles and threaten Tom Glover’s gate

Griffiths had a big chance to double the lead shortly thereafter, but walked away from Scott Jamieson’s flank while Redmayne then had to work to deny Nabbout

The statistics sheet showed that City in the 26 Had seven shots to none in the minute, that was their dominance, and soon afterwards they managed to score a second goal thanks to the hard-working Luna

There was no room on the left, his cross was posted by Maclaren, and the Uruguayan drove home to swing out of Sydney

The game went on on that note as the champions, like a boxer taking a punch in the opening rounds, tried to contain and limit the damage – which they succeeded when nobody missed an excellent chance

The only time Sydney got close in the opening stages was an outstanding performance from Kosta Barbarouses, whose shot hit the crossbar by a Ryan McGowan

It was similar in the second half, when only an excellent save by Redmayne Maclaren denied a second goal with a header

But the front man couldn’t be held down for long and scored the 3-0 after 54 minutes when Connor Metcalfe found Nabbout with a long pass

The Wideman drove into the box before sliding a low cross to Maclaren, whose movement allowed him to find his place to convert at the near post

Milos Ninkovic fell off the bench in the second half to breathe life and invention into the fighting champions, and Wood’s late strike made for a nervous final

Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief football reporter and also covers motorsports and horse racing

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News – AU – Hot in the city: Melbourne scores points in the A-League

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