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89'
S. Ryall
Bobô
82'
C. Theoharous
M. Austin
75'
D. Carney
A. Mierzejewski
70'
P. Retre
Yellow Card
67'
M. Simon
A. Brosque
65'
J. Hope
L. George
58'
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
53'
T. Deng
Own Goal
Kick Off
2
1
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
7
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 0 2
Total Passes 444 477

Commentary

FULL TIME - The Sky Blues have done it, they have held on to run out 1-0 winners over Melbourne Victory, courtesy of an own goal from Geria. Wilkinson was very good for the Sky Blues in defence.
90' + 5' Donachie has a shot on goal from 20m out from the box and it blazes away over the crossbar.
90' + 3' Williams with a chance on goal and it is blocked again by Sydney, this time by Retre.
90' + 2' The Victory need to show a bit more urgency around the ground, as they are running out of time.
90' We have five minutes of additional time to play for the match.
S. Ryall
Bobô
Sydney FC
89' SUBSTITUTION SKY BLUES - A popular substitution if there ever was one, with Deivson Rogerio da Silva making way for former Melbourne Victory player Sebastian Ryall.
87' Williams is down inside the area at the moment, but play is continuing. It appears as though he has a cramp in his calf.
86' Time is a factor that is playing against Melbourne Victory at the moment.
84' Play is held up as O'Neill falls awkwardly. He is assisted by the trainers and is back up, as play resumes.
C. Theoharous
M. Austin
Melbourne Victory FC
82' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Victory make another change as Mitch Austin's night is done, as the 17 year old winger, Christian Theoharous is the man to replace him.
81' Berisha appeals for a free kick but the ball had hit his hand on the way through, which is an indicator of how much of a frustrating night it has been for him tonight.
79' Some great end to end play from the Victory, as Hope floats through and his shot on goal is just wide of the mark.
77' Fabulous defending from Wilkinson, who was able to intercept delivery of the ball to Berisha, who was in the box and looking menacing.
D. Carney
A. Mierzejewski
Sydney FC
75' SUBSTITUTION SKY BLUES - Sydney make a like for like change with Adrian Mierzejewski coming off the ground and is replaced by David Carney.
72' The Victory still have enough time left on the clock to turn this game from a losing position, into a winning one.
P. Retre
Yellow Card
Sydney FC
70' YELLOW CARD SKY BLUES - Paulo Retre has the yellow card raised at him due to a late challenge.
69' Bobo plays in Simon, but the opportunity was lost, as Geria is able to intercept the ball and clear it away.
M. Simon
A. Brosque
Sydney FC
67' SUBSTITUTION SKY BLUES - The Sky Blues also make their first change with Alex Brosque running off the ground and Matt Simon replacing him.
J. Hope
L. George
Melbourne Victory FC
65' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Melbourne Victory make their first change of the night with Leroy George making way for Josh Hope.
64' Broxham sends it from left to right and is almost on target, forcing Redmayne to palm it over the goal line.
63' Geria finds Berisha, whose shot on goal is deflected, but George slides in and kicks it above the crossbar.
62' Ingham gets onto the end of a header on goal, inside the box and he puts it just over the crossbar. A chance gone begging for Melbourne Victory.
60' The Victory defence are starting to become a bit more gun shy about going back to Thomas, after conceding an own goal earlier.
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory FC
58' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - Carl Valeri goes into the referee's note book, after a late challenge.
56' Bobo is on the burst, he has a shot on goal and it is over the crossbar.
55' All the pressure is now on the shoulders of Melbourne Victory, needing a go to restore parity.
T. Deng
Own Goal
Melbourne Victory FC
53' OWN GOAL VICTORY - Disaster strikes for the Victory as the ball comes off Thomas Deng and slides under Thomas for an own goal. The Sky Blues now hold a 1-0 lead over the Victory.
52' The Sky Blues may well force the Victory into an early change here, as their run is making the Victory officials very nervous.
50' Bobo takes a shot from the edge of the box and he blazes it over the crossbar. 
48' The Sky Blues have started the second half as the better of the two teams, spending more time in attack.
46' SECOND HALF - We are back under way for the second half as the Sky Blues kick off to get us back under way.
HALF TIME - The whistle sounds for half time and the scores are all tied up at 0-0.
45' We have one minute of additional time to play for the first half.
44' A draw is usually the result when these two teams play and looks likely to be the result tonight, with the way both teams are going about it.
42' It has been a very entertaining first half with two sides expecting to play finals, showing they are still up there amongst the best.
40' The Victory's tactics tonight is pretty much high tackling and high intensity.
38' Bobo has come into the game in the last 15 minutes or so, having some very important touches.
36' It certainly has been a battle of the midfield in the last few minutes, as both sides start to give as good as they get.
34' Retre rises up for the header, but he is unable to influence the direction of the ball. Mierzejewski throws a right boot at the ball and it ends up going wide of the mark.
32' Melbourne Victory rebound from defence, as they look for a path way into attack, but it doesn't take long before the Sky Blues are on the rebound.
30' It has become a very even side between these two teams, as the ball goes from one end of the ground to the other.
28' There has been a change in the way the game is being played as all of a sudden the Sky Blues have had the bulk of the ball inside their attacking half.
26' Mierzejewski takes it into the box, he takes a shot on goal and he hits the side netting, giving Thomas a real scare.
25' Berisha slides one through, but he put too much weight on the pass and it ends up going out of play for a goal kick.
23' The Victory have their confidence up at the moment, sensing that their time to make an impact on the scoreboard is now.
21' Melbourne Victory have had 10 balls delivered into their area, whilst the delivery from the Sky Blues into their area has been very poor.
19' Geria is brought down just outside the box by Wilkinson and the ref awards the resulting free kick.
17' Sydney FC have themselves a heavy schedule, with a mid week FFA Cup preliminary final against South Melbourne to come.
15' Melbourne Victory's free flowing play through the middle is causing lots of problems for the Sky Blues.
13' George feeds it over to Austin, who storms into the box, but Buijs is able to block the shot on goal and concede a corner kick.
11' Berisha has had a quiet start to the game for the Melbourne Victory. However, it usually doesn't take him long to make an impact.
9' The Sky Blues work it out of the middle, as they look for a way into attack.
7' Melbourne Victory are missing three of their regular starting 11 tonight, but are not showing any signs of it limiting them.
5' The Sky Blues need to slow down the run of Melbourne Victory as they are running rings around them at the moment.
3' George crosses it early into the box, as Williams heads it for goal, but it is wide of goal.
2' Melbourne Victory have started off the better of the two sides, spending some quality time in attack.
1' FIRST HALF - Melbourne Victory kick things off and we are under way.
TEAMS - SYDNEY FC (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Redmayne (GK); Wilkshire, Buijs, Wilkinson, Retre; Brilliante, O'Neill; Mierzejewski, Brosque, Ninkovic; Bobo.  SUBSTITUTIONS - Hewerd-Belle (GK), Kalik, Carney, Simon, Ryall. 
TEAMS - MELBOURNE VICTORY (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Thomas (GK); Geria, Donachie, Williams, Deng; Valeri, Broxham; Ingham, George, Austin; Berisha.  SUBSTITUTIONS - Acton (GK), Hope, Waring, Nigro, Theoharous. 
Sydney FC will be fielding much of the same side as their championship winning team of last year. They have not lost a Big Blue in five matches.
Melbourne Victory have won five of their last six home games and are looking to make that six from seven, should they win tonight.
Welcome to Etihad Stadium for the Big Blue between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.
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