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Djite double helps Reds to top spot

Adelaide United defeated Sydney FC 2-0 on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.

Bruce Djite bagged a double as Adelaide shooted to the top of the table and effectively ended Sydney FC’s finals aspirations.

The home team made eight changes from their loss in Brisbane last week, including Sydney FC debuts for Riley Woodcock and Alex Mullen, while the visitors came in unchanged.

Marcelo Carrusca had the first major shot for Adelaide in the 13th minute, however Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic had it covered.

A minute later, Bruce Djite shot from close range, however he did not beat the standing Janjetovic.

Filip Holosko had Sydney FC’s first major chance of the match in the 20th minute and shot just wide.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Apr 2, 2016, 7:30 PMStadium Allianz StadiumAttendance 8,981Referee Peter Green

Sydney

Yellow Card41′ M.NinkovicYellow Card59′ S.SmeltzYellow Card90′ A.Al-Hilfi

Adelaide

Goal26′ B.DjiteYellow Card35′ D.McGowanYellow Card37′ M.CarruscaGoal45′ B.DjiteYellow Card74′ S.MaukYellow Card81′ M.Marrone

Adelaide opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Bruce Djite, who tapped in from Janjetovic’s palmed-out save. The goal sent Adelaide to the top of the table and further added pain to Sydney FC’s season.

Djite doubled his tally in the 44th minute and doubled the away side’s lead, after he blasted a shot past Janjetovic. Bruce Kamau set up the chance and Djite gave Adelaide a comfortable lead at the half time break.

Robert Stambolziev had a decent shot on goal in the 46th minute shortly after coming on, however it went just wide of the bar.

Alex Mullen had an opportunity to bring one back for Sydney in the 63rd minute, however his shot went to the right of the post.

Despite a lack of action, Adelaide had the majority of the chances in the second half, with the younger Sydney FC side failing to impact the shot count.

Christopher Naumoff provided a late shot for Sydney FC in the 93rd minute, however Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic saved the chance.

Adelaide are top of the table, albeit temporarily, and travel to Melbourne for their crucial clash with Melbourne City on Friday night. Sydney FC remain in 7th place and have been mathematically ruled out of the finals race, with their clash against Perth Glory at home next Sunday being a dead rubber for the club.

 

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