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Played
November 23, 2013 7:45 PM EST
Etihad Stadium — Melbourne
Referee:‬ B. Williams‎
Attendance:‬ 20064‎
 
 
 
 

Melbourne Victory 3-0 Adelaide United: 10-man Victory upstage Adelaide in Melbourne

Adrian Leijer received his marching orders in the opening 45 minutes but Victory still climbed to fourth on the table courtesy of a 3-0 win over the Reds at Etihad Stadium

By Iain Strachan at Etihad Stadium

Melbourne Victory survived the sending off of Adrian Leijer to beat Adelaide United 3-0 and record their first win in three A-League matches on Saturday night.

Kosta Barbarouses' first Victory goal, together with strikes from Archie Thompson and Mitch Nichols, got the job done for the hosts in the Round 7 clash at Etihad Stadium, despite Leijer receiving his marching orders on the stroke of half-time.


Victory climbed to fourth on the table ahead of Perth Glory's match at home to Central Coast later on Saturday night, while Adelaide suffered a fourth defeat from their last five outings to remain in eighth position.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat produced something of a surprise with his starting XI, leaving out Jason Geria and deploying Leigh Broxham, nominally a holding player, at right-back, as captain Mark Milligan returned from international duty to partner Rashid Mahazi in central midfield. Barbarouses started in place of Connor Pain.

For the visitors, Nigel Boogaard came in for the ill Jonathan McKain, while coach Josep Gombau opted to retain Cassio at left-back, picking Michael Zullo on the left wing and pushing Sergio Cirio inside, with Steven Lustica the man to miss out.

But Adelaide encountered an unforseen difficulty when Cassio was forced off after just 12 minutes, requiring the introduction of Lustica and prompting Zullo to drop into defence.

Two minutes later, Victory snapped the game's early lethargy by winning the ball inside the visitors' half and springing a fast counterattack to open the scoring.

Thompson's insightful pass split the Adelaide defence and released James Troisi, who squared for Barbarouses to slot home a simple chance and open his account in navy blue and white.

Victory should have made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, but Thompson shot wide of the near post from close range following good approach work by Barbarouses and Milligan.

While Adelaide struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the first 45 minutes, they did receive a major boost just before the half-time break, when Leijer was sent off for a second bookable offence, dragging down Cirio on the right wing, having earlier lunged in on Marcelo Carrusca.

Muscat sacrificed Troisi to introduce Nick Ansell, but, in farcical scenes, the replacement centre-back was booked for entering the field of play before his attacking colleague realised his number was up.

Troisi made no secret of his displeasure at being the player sacrificed and appeared set to disappear directly down the tunnel in an act of protest, drawing a stinging rebuke from his coach.

After the resumption it took Adelaide until the 63rd minute to threaten a stubborn Victory backline, when Zullo flashed a tempting ball across the face of goal.

Three minutes later the away team were offered a golden opportunity to equalise, as Jeronimo Neumann went down in the area under minimal contact from Pablo Contreras, who was booked by referee by Ben Williams.

However, Cirio failed to convert from the spot, directing a weak effort straight at Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe.

And the hosts wasted little time in punishing Adelaide for their profligacy, doubling their lead barely a minute after the missed penalty.

Thompson made amends for his glaring miss in the first half, tucking home a Barbarouses cut-back after Nichols had flicked out a boot and failed to connect.

Victory made the points safe in the 76th minute via a classic piece of route-one football. Coe cleared the ball deep into opposition territory and Adelaide's centre-backs fatally allowed it to bounce. Nichols then snuck in ahead of Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, tucking the ball home to make it 3-0.

Next up for Victory is a trip to face the Mariners on Friday night, while Adelaide will aim to end their win drought when they return to Melbourne to face the Heart two days later.


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Melbourne Victory

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Nathan Coe
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
P. Contreras
Defender
65′
 - 
22
Adama Traoré
Defender
 - 
23
Adrian Leijer
Defender
35′ 45′
 - 
-
 - 
6
Leigh Broxham
Midfielder
46′
 - 
18
Mitch Nichols
Midfielder
76′ 81′
 - 
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Rashid Mahazi
Midfielder
 - 
23
 - 
10
 - 
9
James Troisi
Striker
48′
 - 

Adelaide United

 - 
1
 - 
3
 - 
6
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
2
Osama Malik
Midfielder
 - 
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Isaías
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
22
 - 
21
J. Neumann
Striker
71′
 - 
-
Cirio
Striker

Substitutes

20
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
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Guilherme
Midfielder
87′
 - 
-
Connor Pain
Defender
81′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
38
John Hall
Goalkeeper
 - 
27
 - 
-
 - 
-
Awer Mabil
Striker
71′
 - 
11

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Gombau
Coach
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Adam Taggart Adam Taggart
Striker
Newcastle Jets
16 1
David Williams David Williams
Striker
Melbourne Heart
12 3
James Troisi James Troisi
Striker
Melbourne Victory
12 1
Besart Berisha Besart Berisha
Striker
Brisbane
11 1
Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero
Striker
Sydney FC
10 5