Sydney's Janko stars for Austria

Sydney FC star signing Marc Janko earned a penalty, scored the winner and was also sent off in Austria's 2-1 defeat of Moldova in Euro 2016 qualifiers overnight.

Janko proved a handful throughout the match until eight minutes to go when he scuffled with goalkeeper Illie Cebanu and was given his marching orders.

The red is a blow for Austria but could prove a major bonus for Sydney as they launch into their 2014/15 A-League campaign.

The qualifiers have come at a bad time for the Sky Blues who are missing the Austrian skipper for Saturday’s A-League opener against Melbourne City.

But his sending off means he is likely to be back in the harbour city for the crucial round two Sydney derby.

The towering striker, who has largely gone under the radar in the lead up to the A-League, showed his class in helping Austria record their first win in their bid to reach the 2016 tournament.

After earning the penalty, converted by teammate David Alaba on 12 minutes, Moldova fired back with their own penalty and the scores were locked at 1-1 going into the break.

But just six minutes into the restart 31-year-old Janko rose above the pack to head home Christian Fuchs’ corner to seal the points.