AEK 5-3 Sydney FC
Rangers FC 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
The Sydney Festival of Football kicked off yesterday afternoon, pitting Sydney against AEK and then Rangers against Blackburn Rovers. In the first match, Sydney tried hard but AEK outshone the local boys 5-3, with some sloppy defense being punished. Not a bad hit-out against quality opposition though; hopefully the lessons learned will help Sydney through the A-League season. Second match saw Rangers down Rovers 2-1, but the result was overshadowed a bit by the obnoxious behavior of the Rangers supporters group, with several drunken fools being escorted out of the ground by police after attempting to start trouble with the Cove.
The crowd was a bit disappointing, with the official attendance only around the 14k mark, but there certainly was plenty of color with all four teams represented. Hopefully the numbers pick up for the next two days of the tournament, Sydney needs to come out and support its own.
The festival continues on Wednesday night with Blackburn playing AEK followed by Sydney up against Rangers.
The standings after day one look like this (3 points/win, 1 point/draw, 1 point/goal):
- AEK – 8pts
- Rangers FC – 5pts
- Sydney FC – 3pts
- Blackburn Rovers – 1pt