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Sydney streaking away on top of A-League

NZN 6/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Sydney FC are two games from matching the best start to an A-League season by any team after stretching their lead atop the table to five points.

While their unblemished defensive record is no more, the Sky Blues' undefeated streak is still intact after a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind win over arch-enemies Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

Veteran David Carney - a key figure in Sydney's title triumph in the A-League's inaugural season - came off the bench to score both goals in the second half.

The visitors were left aggrieved Carney's winner was allowed despite the ball making clear contact with his arm as it fell to him but it has left Graham Arnold's men in an enviable position ahead of what will likely be a closely-fought campaign.

They need just two more wins to equal Victory's record of seven in a row to open the 2006-07 season and three to carve some history of their own.

However, their next two opponents - Perth Glory (home) and Brisbane Roar (away) - are emerging as bona fide title contenders.

The Roar surged to second on the ladder after a comfortable 1-0 win over Melbourne City on Friday, emphatically underlining their credentials as one of the teams to beat with a mature tactical performance.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi's surprise switch-up to a counter-attacking style caught City on the hop and a stoic effort led by Thomas Kristensen and Luke DeVere kept their star-studded attack scoreless for the first time this season.

"Of course, we want the ball at home every time but the way we played, it's also important we have that in the locker," midfielder Kristensen said of the Roar's pragmatic approach to the game.

"Sometimes you have to be a little bit clever."

They next face Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night but with in-form striker Jamie Maclaren away on international duty with the Socceroos in Thailand, they'll need to find a new man up front.

The Glory moved to fourth after an enthralling 2-2 draw with an improved Western Sydney on Sunday, although they could have risen higher had they taken one of their late chances to win.

Third-placed City, meanwhile, can play themselves back into form at home on Thursday against injury-hit Newcastle, who became Wellington's first victim of the season after losing 2-0 at Westpac Stadium.

Champions Adelaide are the only winless team left in the competition, slumping to the bottom of the ladder after a 2-1 defeat at home to Central Coast on Sunday.

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