Report: City 1-3 Sydney

Despite a Nick Fitzgerald wonderstrike, 10-man Melbourne City were unable to close the gap at the top of the Hyundai A-League table after a 3-1 loss to league leaders Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday night.

After a pulsating opening period, a 24th-minute Bobo penalty opened the scoring for the visitors but was immediately cancelled out by in-form Fitzgerald’s thunderous volley from the edge of the box.

City were dealt a blow after defender Manny Muscat was sent off for a second yellow card, but were dominant in both possession and chances created as both sides entered the break on level terms.

Brandon O’Neill then fired the visitors ahead with a well-placed free-kick, while Bobo completed his brace to round out the scoring as City will look to regroup and focus on next Sunday’s clash against the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

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