As avid sports fans, we're proud to be providing Sydney FC with match day graphics around the pitch at Allianz Stadium, along with helping them manage press events and other branding opportunities. We're going to be following the team's results over the next couple of seasons and cheering on the Sky Blues as they battle it out for the top position in the A-League.  

Setting the scene: Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

The New South Wales capital stood divided on October 24 as the Western Sydney Wanderers came into the city to go head to head against Sydney FC. Allianz Stadium was packed to the rafters, with some 40,539 passionate soccer fans in attendance, making it the second largest Sydney derby crowd ever.

Going into the match, Sydney FC were undefeated, picking up a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets and drawing 1-1 with Melbourne City FC earlier in the season. Meanwhile, the Wanderers had yet to win a game, drawing 1-1 with Adelaide United and going down to the Brisbane Roar 1-3 a few weeks earlier. 

The action heats up

Nevertheless, the visitors came out firing, and it looked as though the Wanderers were going to take control of the match. The Sydney Morning Herald noted that this dominance reached tipping point when Wanderers striker Jaushua Sotirio scored a fantastic header during stoppage time in the first half – only for the linesman to raise his flag in response to a barely noticeable offside.

As the second half got under way, a goalless outcome looked inevitable, with neither team giving the other many opportunities to score. However, against all odds, Milos Ninkovic managed to slot one away in the 88th minute, bringing the Sky Blue crowd to their feet in thunderous cheers against the backdrop of some of our colourful signs and graphics.

You can see the goal and the ensuing celebrations in this tweet from Sydney FC:

The aftermath

Naturally, both the Wanderers team and their fans felt pretty dissatisfied with the result, having remained in control for much of the match. For Sydney FC, on the other hand, the team continues its winning streak and solidifies its position at the top of the A-League.