Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s 1-0 loss to Sydney FC in Round 22 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
Sydney finished the Big Blue with more possession, a noticeable advantage in shots on goal and significantly more crosses.
Victory attempted to get in behind the Sydney defence as a route to goal, which created a number of quality chances but ultimately resulted in a higher than usual offside count.
On Sydney’s territory
Victory started the game strongly in the opening quarter hour, controlling possession and breaching the Sydney defence on plenty of occasions, with Marco Rojas especially damaging on the right flank.
But the Sky Blues controlled possession and territory in the second half, with only 15 per cent of the play spent in Victory’s attacking third.
After 22 rounds, Victory still has the best conversion rate of any team in the Hyundai A-League. It has recorded the third least amount of shots on goal in the competition but scored the second most goals (44), giving it a conversion rate of 21 per cent.
Victory sits equal second for clean sheets (six) with Wellington Phoenix, behind leaders Sydney FC (12).