• FT

    Melbourne H

    1

    WSFC

    3

  • FT

    Sydney FC

    1

    Melbourne V

    1

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

Sydney Football Stadium, Australia

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Sydney FC

  • Yairo Yau 85'

1 - 1

FT

Melbourne Victory

  • Mark Milligan 3'

Syd FC A-League dogfight continues: Farina

Coach Frank Farina has praised the fighting spirit of his Sydney FC side after they salvaged a vital point on Saturday night in their 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.

In an entertaining up-tempo game in which both sides were wasteful in front of goal, an 85th-minute header from Sky Blues substitute Yairo Yau cancelled out a third-minute strike from Victory captain Mark Milligan.

With two rounds to play, the point could be vital in finals calculations and Farina said his side never gave up.

"We are still in the dogfight I have been talking about," Farina said.

"We have gotten better, we are playing 90 minutes without any problem now and we are improving.

"We have come up against a lot of adversity this year and I think the way the players have responded is fantastic.

"There are still two rounds to go and we are still in with a chance."

Superstar Alessandro Del Piero had a rare off night at Allianz Stadium.

The Italian World Cup winner put two free kicks wide of the posts in the first half from close range and missed a penalty on the hour after a Victory handball, which would have given the home side a chance to press for the winner far earlier.

"He has been wonderful for us and he deserves all the accolades he deserves," Farina said.

"He is a bit down on himself but, on any other night, he could have scored three goals."

Sydney face two away games to finish the season against Western Sydney on Saturday night and Brisbane Roar.

Farina said he expected the last two finals spots to remain undecided until the last round.

"Obviously there is still next week but I think it will be decided in the final week," he said.

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