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Australian Football: Best team lost says Corica

Sydney FC boss Steve Corica felt the better team lost after watching the Sky Blues slip to a dramatic 2-1 defeat against Melbourne City.

Sydney are again in the hunt to win the 2021/22 A-League premiership but came out second best against City in a repeat of last season's grand final, which was again won by the team from Melbourne.

Retre own goal

Sydney found themselves a goal behind in the 32nd minute when Paulo Retre accidentally put the ball in the back of his own net after Andrew Redmayne had pulled off a save to deny Mathew Leckie.

The ball cannoned off Retre into the back of the net but Sydney were able to bounce back when Milos Ninkovic levelled matters in the 52nd minute.

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Melbourne struggled to clear a corner from Anthony Caceres and the ball fell to Ninkovic who fired home from close range.

Sydney pushed for the winning goal but even the introduction of in-form Bobo from the substitute's bench did not have an impact and the game looked set to finish with honours even.

That was until Leckie stepped up to score the winner with a strike that beat Redmayne and struck the inside of the post before hitting the net.

Gutted Corica

Corica was gutted as he addressed the media after the game as he felt a point was the very least his side deserved.

"I'm shattered for the players because they did their jobs and were the better team," Corica said. "We've ended up with nothing so there's disappointment and frustration for everyone.

"They're down but that's the way football goes sometimes. We need to take it on the chin. Sooner or later the luck is going to change."

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