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Sydney FC out of finals as Reds go top

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/04/2016 Emma Kemp

Bruce Djite has broken Adelaide's all-time A-League scoring record to punish Sydney FC 2-0 and lift the Reds back to the top of the table as they push for the Premiers Plate.

Djite netted a first-half brace at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night to bring his goal tally to 32 and surpass the previous club high of 30 set by Travis Dodd.

As a team, the Reds also broke a record, becoming the first side in A-League history to post four successive clean sheets away from home.

The story wasn't so bright for Sydney, who mathematically fell out of finals reckoning moments before walking onto the pitch thanks to Melbourne Victory's 4-1 win over Wellington in New Zealand.

It would have been the outcome regardless, after the Sky Blues slumped to an equal club-record 11th consecutive winless match and fifth straight home game without a result.

With an eye to Tuesday's home clash with Pohang Steelers in the Asian Champions League - a stage on which Sydney have been performing - coach Graham Arnold rested more than half his regular starting line-up.

In their absence, Adelaide controlled play and were posed no challenge going forward.

Djite was a constant threat to Sydney's makeshift back four featuring Aaron Calver, Zac Anderson, Riley Woodcock and Jacques Faty.

In the end defensive mistakes allowed the Reds' in-form striker to net his 31st goal for the club.

Anderson started the sorry turn of events with a goalward deflection that forced keeper Vedran Janjetovic into a reflex save.

But the custodian palmed the ball away straight into the path of a waiting Djite and he had no chance the second time it came at his goal.

Djite scored again just before halftime following another error from Anderson and off Bruce Kamau's blocked attempt unleashed a left-foot thunderbolt.

Robert Stambolziev came close to shortening the deficit two minutes after coming off the bench after the break with a left-foot drill that zipped just wide of the back post.

But though Sydney visibly improved and left-back Riley Woodcock was sturdy on club debut, Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca was in the zone and the visitors always looked the more likely.

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