LOOKING AHEAD: Sydney’s Ranko Despotovic breaks clear of Victory rival Dylan Murnane during yesterday’s clash at Etihad Stadium
LOOKING AHEAD: Sydney’s Ranko Despotovic breaks clear of Victory rival Dylan Murnane during yesterday’s clash at Etihad Stadium AAP

Victory no match as Sydney sails to win

MELBOURNE Victory was hoping for a Tom Rogic-inspired Australia Day miracle at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

What it got instead was a spanking from fierce foes Sydney FC, with the Sky Blues pulling off a stunning 5-0 upset in one of its biggest away victories.

Sydney's noisy travelling supporter group, The Cove, outsang a big Victory home crowd in the first 45 minutes as the Sky Blues raced to a 3-0 lead.

Sydney fans had to wait just 11 minutes to find full voice, courtesy of a brilliant Ranko Despotovic who scored his fifth goal in just his 10th A-League appearance.

Despotovic then won a penalty eight minutes later and Alessandro Del Piero made no mistake before Seb Ryall beat three defenders and buried the ball past Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe on the half hour.

Victory fans booed their team off the pitch at the break, and even the appearance of Socceroos star Tom Rogic for the second half gave the home fans nothing to cheer about.

A Coe clanger in the 54th minute gifted Del Piero his second goal before Nick Carle added salt to the Victory's wounds with a fifth in the 87th minute.


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