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Apr 13, 2019   |  12:19PM AET

Baumjohann strikes for Wanderers to salvage Sydney derby draw

Baumjohann strikes for Wanderers to salvage Sydney derby draw

Western Sydney Wanderers attacker Alexander Baumjohann hammered what could be the final nail in Sydney FC’s Premiership hopes, with his second-half strike ensuring Saturday’s Hyundai A-League Sydney Derby ended 1-1.

The ex-Bundesliga playmaker struck a deflected free-kick early in the second stanza to cancel out Alex Brosque’s seventh minute opener, ensuring a breathless affair at ANZ Stadium finished level.

Baumjohann’s effort hands Perth Glory the chance to clinch the 2018/19 Premiership in Sunday evening’s clash with Newcastle Jets.

The Sky Blues must hope the table-topping West Australians slip up against the Jets before welcoming Glory to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Thursday.

Last beaten by their cross-city rivals in February 2017, Sydney were on course for another derby triumph when Brosque broke the deadlock on the breakaway in the seventh minute, sweeping a lovely finish past Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic after Anthony Caceres capitalised on a midfield turnover.

Sydney were, however, on the back foot for much of the contest following Brosque’s early opener. Mitch Duke flashed two warning signs before drawing a fine double-save from Andrew Redmayne, who was required to smother the forward’s attempts to fire home scraps from a corner.

And having dominated the shot count after conceding, Markus Babbel’s men notched the equaliser their first half industry and overall performance deserved when Baumjohann’s free-kick found passage through the Sydney wall and past Redmayne.

The Wanderers had their tails up: Oriol Riera spurned a wonderful chance to nod the Red and Black in front but could only plant a free header against the foot of the post, and Redmayne produced another excellent stop to deny a fierce drive from Raul Llorente.

Both sides traded blows in a frantic finish to the match – Abraham Majok flew at Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s cross and Janjetovic stunningly parried Adam Le Fondre’s curler over the bar.