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Top five Sydney derby matches of all time

22:15 EAT 22/02/2018
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Goal looks at the top five Sydney derby matches in history ahead of Sunday night's game at Allianz Stadium

It's the final Sydney derby of the campaign on Sunday night and the last ever match between the rivals at Allianz Stadium before it's knocked down.

The Sky Blues won the last contest in December at ANZ Stadium by a 5-0 scoreline, while the first derby of the season finished in a 2-2 draw at Allianz.

Graham Arnold's team top the A-League table with an extraordinary 23-point lead over the sixth-placed Wanderers.

Sydney FC have been the dominant team in the fixture, winning eight of the 17 matches, but were denied an unbeaten season by the Wanderers last campaign with their only loss coming in a 1-0 defeat at ANZ Stadium.

The Wanderers active supporters have traditionally ruled the fixture in the stands, with their movement, chants and choreography, but the RBB's reduced involvement this campaign means The Cove will be heard loud and proud on Sunday evening.

In the lead-up to the 18th instalment of the Sydney derby, Goal takes a look at the top five:

 

5 - Record crowd sees Sky Blues shine

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-4 Sydney FC

October 8, 2016

ANZ Stadium

The history of the A-League has been littered with slip-ups off the field but this was a moment where football made a serious statement.

A crowd of 61,880 turned up at the Olympic stadium in Sydney to watch this opening round encounter of the 2016-17 season, breaking the previous A-League attendance record of 55,436.

While the final score - another Sydney derby record - seemed apt as Sydney extended their unbeaten run in this fixture to eight matches, the Wanderers could have felt harshly done by.

The first half was tense, including a all-in brawl on the half-hour mark, while Western Sydney took control after going 2-0 down in the second half and peppered the Sky Blues' goal.

But a red card to Wanderers defender Aritz Borda ended the home side's hopes of a comeback and a stunning free-kick from Brandon O'Neill steadied the ship for Sydney as they eventually notched four goals in an emphatic victory.

 

4 - Wanderers deny Sydney FC an unbeaten season

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Sydney FC

February 18, 2017

ANZ Stadium

With the Sky Blues still unbeaten as the season hit mid-February, Graham Arnold's team were expected to get the job done and continue their momentum.

But former Sydney FC player Brendon Santalab had other ideas - scoring a goal mid-way through the first half to give Wanderers a lead against the run of play.

Western Sydney braved wave after wave of Sydney FC attacks and manage to hold strong, with Sky Blue striker Alex Brosque denied what seemed a clear-cut penalty in the dying minutes.

The result ended up being Sydney FC's only league defeat for the entire season - ending the dream of going the campaign undefeated.

 

3 - Wanderers' successful invasion

Sydney FC 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

October 26, 2013

Sydney Football Stadium

This game was arguably the moment that the Sydney derby came of age.

Having won the A-League premiership in their inaugural season, Western Sydney went to the Sky Blues' home turf in the third round of the 2013-14 campaign looking to prove themselves as the Harbour City's biggest club.

With one end of Allianz Stadium covered in Red-and-Black, the Wanderers' fans certainly made a statement and on the pitch goals to Iacopo La Rocca and Shinji Ono saw Tony Popovic's men secure victory.

Ono was central to the Wanderers' win, with La Rocca nodding the Japanese midfielder's free-kick into the net in the 11th minute.

Western Sydney's marquee then produced one of the best goals the derby has seen, flicking the ball over one opponent, nodding it on and then shooting past Vedran Janjetovic on the turn.

 

2 - The Og Monster gets angry

Sydney FC 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

October 18, 2014

Sydney Football Stadium

Sasa Ognenovski left an indelible mark on this derby as Sydney FC came back from the death.

Western Sydney surged to a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes as Mark Bridge volleyed Romeo Castelen's cross into the net and then Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic misjudged a looping ball and punched it into his own net.

Sydney dragged themselves back into the contest in first-half stoppage time thanks to Corey Gameiro's goal and Ognenovski levelled the match in the 49th minute.

The Wanderers' hopes of victory weren't helped when Vitor Saba was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge - Ognenovski would be suspended after the fact for slapping the Brazilian in the ensuing melee - and Alex Brosque struck the winner for the Sky Blues with 11 minutes left.

The enduring image of this derby, however, is Ognenovski, who had a running battle with Brendon Santalab throughout the game, pushing Janjetovic away from cramping opponent Brendan Hamill as the goalkeeper attempted to help the Western Sydney defender.

 

1 - Bulut can't save Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers 3-4 Sydney FC

February 28, 2015

Parramatta Stadium

The highest-scoring Sydney derby is unsurprisingly Goal's  favourite.

Sydney looked to be in control early away from home as an Ante Covic own goal, plus a double from Marc Janko, saw the Sky Blues surge into a 3-0 lead by the 24th minute.

Iacopo La Rocca dragged Western Sydney back into the game just past the half-hour mark but it was debutant Kerem Bulut, who briefly turned the match on its head.

Bulut struck either side of half-time, with his second goal coming in a haze of flare smoke from the edge of the area and prompting the striker to rip off his shirt and embrace the RBB.

But Sydney recovered and with 16 minutes left, Terry Antonis struck the winning goal to clinch an incredible win.