Sydney FC began their hunt for three consecutive A-League championships on the front foot with a 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at WIN Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Two of the best goals you will see of the entire season have made the matter stand out Long shots from Calem Nieuwenhof and Luke Brattan canceled Mirza Muratovic’s equalization at half-time

Wellington’s life in Wollongong began largely at the back of the foot, the guests kept the ball comfortably in the early stages and could have continued if Kosta Barbarouses’ shot had sneaked into the lower right corner from close range instead of grazing the side net

Luke DeVere ventured forward into a corner of Phoenix and jumped high over Alex Wilkinson for a good chance before 19-year-old Sky Blues midfielder Nieuwenhof entered the league with a truly sensational goal on the debut / p>

Although Phoenix was played for large parts of the opening verse, he managed to equalize at halftime through Muratovic, who canceled Nieuwenhof’s shouting neck and sent the teams into the shed with one goal each

It should come as no surprise when they finally found the back of the net, but nothing could have prepared both sides for what was to come when Brattan an evasive free kick into the top right corner nestled

Wellington recovered after being second behind and the chances for Cameron Devlin, Alex Rufer and substitute Ulises Davila in and around the penalty area in the second half Steve Corica and the Sky Blues gave 10 minutes of play time cause for concern

Drama ensued in the closing stages when Phoenix recruit Tomer Hemed found the back of the net after a Davila hit deflected off his body, but Wellington’s joy was short-lived when the flag was sidelined , ended the Nix’s chances of a well-deserved equalization and handed all three points to the Sky Blues at the start of the season

Jaushua Sotirio found himself at eye level with Sydney shot stopper Andrew Redmayne after touching a ball passed through from the air, around Wilkinson and into the box

The first touch was great, but his second – a playful attempt on goal – lacked the same quality as it flashed way beyond the mark and dribbled out for a kick

Although the 2020/21 campaign does not begin until the second week of the match, Nieuwenhof has already joined the conversation on the season’s goal with an excellent goal from a distance

Nieuwenhof was standing with the ball in a paddock outside the penalty area and made two touches before firing a shot from his right shoe, which continued to climb until it rattled into the top left corner

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When the first half came to an end, it was another debutant – this time Mirza Muratovic, who appeared for Wellington for the first time – and found the end point when the Phoenix finished 1-1 at break

Muratovic benefited from a Tim Payne cross and sent the ball over Andrew Redmayne, off the post and over the line

Inspired by Nieuwenhof’s rocket in the first half, Brattan made sure he stepped into the limelight with an authority free kick in the top right corner of his young teammate

Brattan’s shot veered off his right foot towards the corner and Stefan Marinovic was unable to handle the attempt.Instead, the ball flew past Wellington’s glove-maker’s outstretched hand to find the back of the net

Deep in overtime, Davila struck from the top of the box in search of an equalizer

The attempt found its way to the back of the net, Redmayne got offside when he was deflected by Hemed but the Phoenix celebrations were short-lived as the flag went off to sideline the Wellington striker to govern correctly

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Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown 5 p.m. (local) (4:05 p.m. (AE) eree: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referee 1: Kearney Robinson
Assistant referee 2: Andrej Giev
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After Western United and Adelaide United got the ball rolling with a goalless high octane draw in the A-Lea

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