Brosque stars in Sydney victory
FOOTBALL: World Cup hopeful Alex Brosque has made a case for a starting spot in Australia’s match against Kuwait next month with a starring role in Sydney FC’s A-League win over the Central Coast Mariners last night.
In front of Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek and 12,689 fans at the Sydney Football Stadium, Brosque, who was inspirational, scored the only goal in the 1-0 win at the Sydney Football Stadium, surely boosting his chances of starting the crucial Asian Cup qualifier on January 6.
The win lifts Sydney level on points with league leaders Melbourne, while the Mariners have now lost a club record four matches on the bounce to sit precariously on the edge of the top six.
Brosque’s strike came in the 34th minute to reward a dominant opening period by the Sky Blues.
Northern Ireland midfielder Terry McFlynn’s clever pass with the outside of his boot found Brosque, who lashed a first time shot with his left foot past fellow Socceroo Danny Vukovic’s near post from outside the box.
The only other moment of note in the opening half was when a beach ball from the crowd blew into Vukovic’s path.
But fears of a moment similar to that which famously helped Sunderland beat Liverpool in the English Premier League earlier this year were quashed when Vukovic was able to remove the ball.