Nov 9, 2013 at 8.30am UK at ​Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Sydney FCSydney FC
VictoryMelbourne Victory
Garcia (3'), Ryall (15'), Del Piero (37' pen.)
Petkovic (45'), Emerton (50'), Ryall (53')
Warren (25')
FT(HT: 3-2)
Thompson (17'), Troisi (27')
Traore (34'), Contreras (36'), Broxham (45'), Geria (70')

Result: Melbourne Victory lose at 10-man Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory's unbeaten record in this season's A-League is ended by a 3-2 defeat at 10-man Sydney FC.

Melbourne Victory's unbeaten record in this season's A-League was ended by 10-man Sydney FC on Saturday.

Richard Garcia fired Sydney ahead with a long-range effort after just three minutes, before Sebastian Ryall headed home to double the hosts' advantage on the quarter-hour mark.

Richard Garcia of Sydney FC celebrates after scoring during the round five A-League match between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on November 9, 2013© Getty Images

Melbourne were soon back in the contest, as Connor Pain set up Archie Thompson for a simple tap-in, before Marc Warren was sent off for a professional foul on Pain midway through a pulsating first half.

The visitors then levelled on 27 minutes when James Troisi found the net from 25 yards.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Sydney regained their lead 10 minutes later.

After being pushed over by Pablo Contreras in the penalty area, Alessandro Del Piero, who was making his return following a calf injury, got up and placed an unstoppable spot kick into the bottom left corner of Nathan Coe's goal.

Sydney had lost their last three matches, but they produced a spirited performance in the second half to ensure that their slump came to an end.

Melbourne had plenty of possession, but a determined defensive display, including a superb last-ditch sliding tackle by Pedj Bojic to deny Andrew Nabbout in stoppage time, dragged Sydney over the line.

Jeronimo Neumann of Adelaide United celebrates a goal with teamates during the round one A-League match against Perth Glory on October 13, 2013
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