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Melbourne City endured a late comeback attempt by Sydney FC to win 3-2 and end a three-game losing streak in the A-League.
The host city entered the competition, a rematch of last year’s Grand Final, which Sydney won in overtime, out of shape with five losses in their last six.
But the lack of confidence was not reflected, as they took a three-goal lead in the 53rd minute thanks to two goals from Australian striker Jamie Maclaren and another from Adrian Luna.
Milos Ninkovic recovered and another Sydney substitute, Patrick Wood, scored in the 90th minute to provoke some nerves in injury time, but Melbourne held on.
Maclaren was constantly involved, racking up nine shots for the victors, while Andrew Nabbout had five key passes, the game’s high, including a good assist for the third goal.
A first loss in four means Sydney remains fifth, with City now just two points behind them in ninth.
– League A (@ALeague) February 23, 2021