THE records tumbled and the heart-rate thudded — just another instalment in Sydney FC’s extraordinary season.
On a crazy, drenched but intoxicating evening at Allianz Stadium, Sydney FC traded blows with Brisbane and finally emerged victorious by five goals to four to go second in the league.
Marc Janko’s hat-trick meant he became the club’s highest ever scorer in one season with 16 goals, and set an A-League record for scoring in seven consecutive games.
Sydney go second behind Wellington, fuelled by an extraordinary streak of 25 goals scored in six games — but also 14 conceded in the same period. This latest game was as perverse as the weather that simultaneously blanketed Allianz Stadium in sheeting rain and slants of sunshine.
Initially Brisbane assumed a near-iron control, the ball movement and careful possession so familiar from the orange shirts.
The opening goal was exquisite, the ball worked from Jerome on the wing to Jean Carlos Solorzano to Henrique into the penalty area, where the Brazilian finished with aplomb. Within two minutes Sydney were level, as Jurman headed down a deep freekick, then fastened onto the rebound off Janko to lash home a remarkable strike from the edge of the box.
Broich sent Borello away down the right and his intelligent cutback was struck by Steven Lustica past Janjetovic’s desperate dive to make it 4-3. Sydney came back with a wonderful spell of possession around the box, ending with Ryall’s low cross being swept home by Brosque.
But the Roar would not give up, and Dimi Petratos lashed home their fourth in the final seconds. Finally the madness was completed and Sydney had just squeezed home.