Zullo ends goal drought

Two goals from Bobo have given Sydney FC a 3-2 victory over Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium, stretching their undefeated streak to 17 matches at the venue. Andrija Kaluderovic and Dario Vidosic were the scorers for the Phoenix while returning Sydney FC left back Michael Zullo was Sydney’s other scorer. It was a long time between drinks for Zullo who ended up breaking the A-League’s longest goal drought.

Coincidentally enough Zullo’s first A-League goal was scored against Wellington while playing for Brisbane in 2007. His next goal came in September 2008 against Melbourne Victory. He waited 3304 days until he found the back of the net next, in the win over Wellington.

One hundred and seven matches past in that time. Zullo left Brisbane to join Eredivise side FC Utrecht, and had short stints at Adelaide United and Melbourne City, making 10 appearances for the Socceroos in the meantime.

Nine years have past since his last goal which is the longest drought between goals in A-League history.

Stat Attack

  • Sydney FC remain undefeated at Allianz Stadium since April 2016
  • Andrew Durante failed to complete 90 minutes for the first time since Round 1, 2015-16
  • Dario Vidosic scored in consecutive A-League matches for the first time since 2011

His current Sydney teammate David Carney previously held the record, proving Sydney are even breaking their own records as well as league records. He waited 3247 days between scoring in the A-League. He netted in November 2006 but didn’t find the back of the net again until October 2015.

Former Brisbane attacker Tommy Oar went eight years between A-League goals (December 2009- January 2017). Nathan Burns (six), Brendan Santalab (five), and Dario Vidosic (four) have also waited a while for their next goals. Obviously all these players have spent time away from the league. Michael Marrone waited six years for his first A-League goal starting from his debut.

As seen above Bobo’s 25th goal in all competitions takes his total past Alessandro Del Piero, but does it take it past his A-League total? Also can you name Sydney FC’s top 10 goal scorers?


 

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