March 16, 2015 11:49:44 UK
It rained goals and records at a wet Allianz Stadium as Sydney FC moved into second spot in the table with a 5-4 win over Brisbane Roar.
Austrian marquee Marc Janko set a new A-League record by scoring in a seventh consecutive game.
The striker scored a hat-trick, including two from the penalty spot, to move past Alessandro Del Piero’s 14-goal club record in a season.
The match featured an incredible five goals in the last 15 minutes as defending champions Brisbane staged a fightback from being 4-1 down.
The Roar, bidding to return to the top six, took a fifth-minute lead when, despite being offside, Henrique was allowed to run onto Jean Carlos Solorzano’s through-ball and fire past Vedran Janjetovic.
But within two minutes the home side, who are 4.33 to win the Grand Final, were level when Nikola Petkovic’s long ball forward was nodded down by Janko for Matt Jurman to power into the top corner against his former club.
Janko stamped his authority on the game late in the first half as he scored the first of three consecutive goals.
Adam Sarota was adjudged to have fouled Alex Brosque in the area and Janko sent Jamie Young the wrong way from the spot.
Six minutes after the break he tapped in the Sky Blues’ third goal, getting on the end of a Chris Naumoff cross at the far post.
And when Janko was pushed over by Corey Brown with 15 minutes left he picked himself up to convert his second penalty.
It looked game over at that point, but just three minutes later, from another penalty, Brisbane began their rally. Petkovic fouled James Donachie in the area and substitute Andrija Kaluderovic netted from the spot.
The visitors pulled it back to 4-3 with six minutes left when Brandon Borrello’s cross from the by-line was powered home by Steven Lustica.
The Sky Blues responded with their fifth goal, Terry Antonis and Shane Smeltz combining to set up Brosque who swept home.
There was still time for a consolation effort from the Roar, as Dimitri Petratos finished off good work by Borrello on the right.
Sydney FC are 1.90 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 3.80 with the draw 3.60.
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