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Mar 20, 2015 at 8.40am UK at ​Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Sydney FCSydney FC
0-1
Melbourne CityMelbourne City

Janko (82')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Brown (81')
Retre (29'), Jaliens (35'), Clisby (58'), Velaphi (87')

Result: Melbourne City end Sydney FC's nine-game unbeaten run

Sydney FC's nine-match unbeaten run comes to an end as they fall to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Melbourne City.

Sydney FC's nine-game unbeaten run has come to an end after James Brown's goal sealed a 1-0 win for Melbourne City at the Allianz Stadium.

City dictated the early passages of play, but it was Sydney's Marc Janko who came closest to opening the scoring.

Marc Janko and Sebastian Ryall of Sydney FC are challenged Patrick Kisnorbo (L) and Kew Jaliens (R) of Melbourne City during the round 22 A-League match between Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC at Allianz Stadium on March 20, 2015© Getty Images

The forward found space in the box and unleashed a shot at goal, and although his effort passed the goalkeeper, the ball was denied by the post.

Sydney began to take control of the game, but while they had the majority of possession, they struggled to create any meaningful chances at goal.

Towards the end of the first half, the Sydney players called for a penalty when Janko was brought down by Patrick Kisnorbo in the area, but the referee wrongfully waved it away.

Just minutes before the half came to an end, the visitors came inches away from scoring against the run of play when Jonatan Germano fired a shot at goal, but goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic tipped the ball over the bar.

After the break, City had an early chance when Germano cut the ball back to Mate Dugandzic in the box, but the forward failed to get his shot away.

The contest opened up as the second half went on and Bernie Ibini-Isei came close when his shot clattered off the post, leaving Janko frustrated as he was waiting unmarked on the right.

The deadlock was eventually broken when Brown stormed into the box and got around the keeper before slotting the ball into the back of the net, which is his first A-League strike in three years.

City are now in sixth place on 28 points.

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Marc Janko, Milos Dimitrijevic and Alex Brosque of Sydney celebrate a goal during the round 16 A-League match between the Perth Glory and Sydney FC at nib Stadium on February 7, 2015
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