Sydney FC have defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in Saturday's Hyundai A-League clash.
Alex Brosque struck in first half stoppage time to cancel out Oriol Riera’s opener, which arrived shortly before the dismissal of Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
Siem De Jong put Sydney FC in cruise control before the hour mark and wrapped up the result via a bullet header late on from Jacob Tratt.
Having deservedly broken the deadlock through their Spanish frontman, who turned in Alexander Baumjohann’s free-kick from close range in the 23rd minute, the Wanderers may have felt an overdue win was coming.
But the match swung when Janjetovic was dismissed for handling the ball outside the area after he was beaten to a long ball by Adam Le Fondre.
That saw Wanderers’ talisman Baumjohann sacrificed as substitute goalkeeper Danijel Nizic arrived into the fray, whose first involvement was to tip a clean hit from de Jong over, while Le Fondre flashed a curling shot inches past the post.
However, Nizic was beaten in the first minute of first half stoppage time when Brosque reacted sharpest to bury a rebound after Josh Brillante’s shot cannoned off the post.