Sydney FC beats Wellington 3-1 as A-League restarts season

Trent Buhagiar's brace earned Sydney FC a comfortable win over Wellington Phoenix as the A-League season resumed after a coronavirus-forced break on Friday.

Trent Buhagiar

Trent Buhagiar celebrates scoring for Sydney FC against Wellington Phoenix in the A-League on Friday.   -  Twitter @ALeague

Substitute Trent Buhagiar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal into a near-empty net with two minutes remaining, to give first-place Sydney FC a 3-1 win Friday over the Wellington Phoenix as the A-League resumed its season after a coronavirus-forced shutdown.

Buhagiar made it 2-1 when slipped past Phoenix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who had raced out of his area in an attempt to intercept the pass, before putting the ball past a solo defender from about 20 meters out. Buhagiar scored again two minutes later to clinch the match for the Sky Blues.

 

Wellington took the lead through a 66th-minute penalty from Reno Piscopo before Adam Le Fondre levelled for Sydney 10 minutes later, also through a penalty.

Sydney leads the standings with 33 points, 11 ahead of second-place Melbourne City, which has played two more matches than Sydney.

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All teams had played at least 20 matches of the regular season when the league was halted in March. There are 26 regular-season matches to be played, followed by playoffs.

League officials hope the A-League champion will be determined by the end of August. They will use six venues - five in New South Wales state and one in Brisbane.

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