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B. Garuccio
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R. McGree
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Isaías
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T. Cahill
N. Colazo
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I. La Rocca
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FULL TIME: MELBOURNE CITY 1-0 ADELAIDE - A dour encounter in which City picked up a deserved victory thanks to Tim Cahill's brilliant header. Adelaide really went down without much of a whimper and they will be looking forward to the season being over.
90' + 3' CHANCE - Fitzgerald has a chance one-on-one to put the game beyond Adelaide but shoots straight at Galekovic.
90' + 2' City are managing to keep the ball in their attack at the moment. Adelaide are getting frustrated.
90' + 1' Caceres skips into the area and wins a corner for City.
90' + 1' Three minutes of added on time.
90' It looks like City are going to coast to victory at the moment.
89' The corner is cleared and Fitzgerald's long range effort is weak and straight into the arms of Galekovic.
88' Fitzgerald wins a corner after good work down the right.
86' Adelaide having a good spell. City under pressure.
B. Garuccio
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84' YELLOW CARD ADELAIDE - Ben Garuccio goes into the book for dragging down Fornaroli in the centre circle.
83' Adelaide win another corner...
81' Mileusnic dances around a defender, shapes to shoot from outside the area, but blasts it way over the bar. A bit of a waste.
80' Fornaroli's free kick is destined for the top corner but Galekovic gets across to catch easily. Fornaroli thought he had scored but it didn't have enough power.
E. Babalj
Cirio
79' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Sergio Cirio is replaced by Eli Babalj.
N. Fitzgerald
N. Colazo
77' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - Nicolás Colazo is replaced by Nick Fitzgerald.
75' Replays show the contact was incidental and the decision was correct.
75' The ball may have struck the arm of Kilkenny at the area but the referee waves play on and the Video Assistant Referee doesn't intervene.
74' Garuccio makes a brilliant run down the left and the Reds eventually win a corner.
Kim Jae-Sung
R. McGree
71' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Riley McGree is replaced by Jae-Sung Kim.
70' Kamau does great work down the right, he pings it into the six-yard box but the Reds manage to turn over their bar for a corner.
R. McGree
Yellow Card
68' YELLOW CARD ADELAIDE - Riley McGree goes into the referee's book.
67' Bouzanis makes a terrible hash of the kick from defence but the Reds stuff it and can't create the opening despite two players on one.
A. Caceres
T. Cahill
64' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - Goalscorer Tim Cahill is replaced by Anthony Caceres.
63' Kamau is set free again down the right, Colazo makes the near post run but the cross rolls into Galekovic's arms
61' Brattan swings in the deep free kick, Cahill attacks the ball dangerously but is put under enough pressure and his header bounces harmlessly away for a goal kick.
60' Game is still pretty heated. Some decent challenges going in.
58' Melbourne City clear easily but you feel as if Adelaide might be getting into the game.
57' They go short and win another corner.
56' The Reds to swing the corner in. Good spell here...
55' Cirio puts the cross in toward Mileusnic but Bouzanis claims strongly. Good to see a bit of enterprise from Adelaide.
54' Kamau gets in behind but just can't control the ball and he touches it out for a goal kick. That was poor defending by Garuccio.
52' CHANCE - Kamau is one-on-one with Garuccio, he takes him on the inside, drives into the box, looks for the top corner and it's just over the bar. Great play again.
51' Tarek Elrich is believed to have torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Horrible news for Tarek and Adelaide United.
51' Adelaide really need to push hard for an equaliser. You can see City getting another one soon if not.
48' Kamau has been brilliant tonight. Is giving Garuccio a torrid time down City's right. One of his best games in memory so far.
48' Game has resumed a familiar pattern. Adelaide sitting back and City with the ball. The away team looking to spring a counter with City playing high up the pitch.
46' Garuccio swings in the early cross from the left, Diawara meets it but it loops in the air and City clear. Adelaide start on the front foot.
45' The second half has kicked off. Can Adelaide get back into the game?
HALF TIME: MELBOURNE CITY 1-0 ADELAIDE - Cahill's header separates the two teams in a heated contest so far. La Rocca could have been sent off for putting down Fornaroli twice behind play but he was lucky the referee was lenient. Join me in 10 minutes for the second half.
45' + 3' There is three minutes of added on time...
45' + 1' Fornaroli went down pretty easily there. Right decision by the referee to not send off La Rocca. He is treading a tight line though.
Isaías
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45' YELLOW CARD ADELAIDE - Isaías is booked for getting involved in the Fornaroli-La Rocca fracas.
44' La Rocca puts Fornaroli down again and he might be sent off here...
42' Fornaroli has a go from distance but a deflection takes the sting off the ball and Galekovic claims.
41' CHANCE - Kamau again! This time denied by a brilliant diving save by Galekovic. Kamau showed great trickery outside the box and his shot was destined for the top corner. What a save!
40' CHANCE - Kamau brilliantly beats Garuccio out wide on the left, drives in to the box, shapes to play it across the box but La Rocca comes across to snuff out the danger.
39' McGree plays to Carrusca and then makes a lovely driving run beyond the defence and but the Argentine just can't find him with the return pass. Good work rate from young McGree.
37' City deserve that goal. They have been the better side in this opening half.
Goal
36' GOAL MELBOURNE CITY - Cahill finds the bottom corner with a brilliant header from the swung in corner by Colazo. How many times have we seen that?
I. La Rocca
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34' YELLOW CARD ADELAIDE - Iacopo La Rocca is booked for the incident with Fornaroli.
34' La Rocca lucky to escape with a yellow card after leading with the head against Fornaroli. The Uruguayan went down pretty easily.
33' CHANCE - Fornaroli plays a delicious no look pass to Kamau, setting the winger free inside the right side of the box, Kamau holds it up and slides it back to Fornaroli, who can only poke a shot straight at Galekovic.
32' Fair bit of bite in this game tonight. Plenty of tough challenges.
31' CHANCE - Brattan launches a shot on goal from outside the box and it's straight at Galekovic, who palms away.
29' Adelaide have lifted a little recently. Seem to have settled into the game better.
26' CHANCE - Cahill tries an audacious volley on goal, it slides through to the back post where Colazo is unmarked but his touch is poor and it rolls out for a goal kick.
N. Mileusnic
T. Elrich
25' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Injury means Tarek Elrichcomes off for Nikola Mileusnic.
24' It looks like Elrich might need to come off.
23' Elrich and Malik clash heavily in a contest. Elrich came down poorly on his leg and is receiving treatment.
21' CHANCE - The corner comes in to the six-yard box, it deflects down, La Rocca is there to poke it home but Bouzanis manages to smother. Boy that was close.
21' Carrusca sets Cirio free down the left, he gets the ball in low in to the box but Malik clears for a corner.
19' Malik gives away the ball in midfield, Adelaide spread it wide to Isaias, he swings in the cross from the left but it's just too high for Carrusca and City clear.
18' Galekovic and La Rocca nearly make a meal of the goal kick but the it is to be retaken because the ball didn't clear the box from the goal kick. 
17' Not a huge amount of intensity in the game at the moment. Adelaide happy to sit off.
16' They need to find quick players to make the run in behind.
15' Adelaide are resorting to playing the ball long to Diawara because of Melbourne City's press.
13' Melbourne City are doing most of the attacking. Controlling the game at the moment.
11' Adelaide win a free kick down the left channel. Isaias swings it in toward McGowan at the back post but Bouzanis comes out to claim comfortably.
10' Cirio gets fouled just outside the area, he gets up to take advantage, drives along the byline but his cross to McGree is chopped off.
8' Colazo goes for goal but it's a tame effort and straight into the arms of Galekovic. Didn't trouble the keeper at all.
8' Fornaroli is fouled and City have a dangerous free kick just outside the area...
5' Adelaide haven't managed to string together any possession so far. City closing down and pressing well.
4' City look on tonight. They have had Adelaide under pressure on numerous occasions and it has only been four minutes.
3' CHANCE - Colazo slings in a wonderful cross to the back post area, Kamau is unmarked and on the half volley he blazes over the bar. What a chance to take the lead.
2' Good start by City. They put Adelaide under pressure from the resulting corner but the Reds just manage to get the ball clear.
1' Brattan swings in the cross, Kilkenny attacks it but McGowan manages to clear for a corner.
1' Tonight is the debut of the video assistant referee system. All eyes in the world will be on the A-League tonight.
1' The ball has been kicked off here in Melbourne and we are underway.
Only a few minutes to kickoff...
Adelaide have won two of their last three games but were held to a draw at home by Perth Glory last weekend.
Melbourne City will go in favourites being the home side but have been in poor form of late - losing their last two games 3-1 and 3-0 to Western Sydney and Sydney respectively.
City are aiming to catch Brisbane, who are three points ahead with two matches to play, while Adelaide are just fighting for pride after a poor domestic campaign.
Welcome to AAMI Park for tonight's A-League match between Melbourne City and Adelaide United.