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Melbourne derby player ratings: Toivonen steps up in Honda's absence

14:14 GMT+3 22/12/2018
Ola Toivonen
Who starred and who struggled in the second Melbourne derby of the season?

A last-minute strike from Melbourne City denied Victory a seventh straight win in a pulsating derby.

The omission of Keisuke Honda loomed large but another Victory star stepped up with the opener.

For City, they continue to struggle for goals without Bruno Fornaroli but their persistence would pay off with two veterans combining for a well-deserved goal late in the game.

Here's how every player rated in the second Melbourne derby of the season...

  • Eugene Galekovic Melbourne City

    Eugene Galekovic

    Rating: 7/10

    Produced a super stop in the first-half and was made to pay for his side's poor marking with the opener. 

  • Scott Jamieson

    Scott Jamieson

    Rating: 7/10

    Lively as always and delivered in the dying moments with a pin-point cross for City's equaliser.

  • Harrison Delbridge

    Harrison Delbridge

    Rating: 6/10

    A solid performance overall but will be disappointed to have left Toivonen unmarked for the opener. 

  • Bart Schenkeveld

    Bart Schenkeveld

    Rating: 7/10

    A big presence at the back for City, didn't do much wrong. 

  • Ritchie de Laet

    Ritchie de Laet

    Rating: 8/10

    Only just back from another injury scare, the Aston Villa man didn't show any signs of weakness with a strong showing down the right. 

  • Kearyn Baccus

    Kearyn Baccus

    Rating: 5/10

    A subdued match from Baccus, who failed to stamp his authority on the game.  

  • Roslyn Griffiths

    Rostyn Griffiths

    Rating: 7/10

    A rare start and though he had a few shaky moments, proved a reliable presence in midfield and issued a vicious shot in the first 45 that required some stopping. 

  • Luke Brattan Melbourne City

    Luke Brattan

    Rating: 8/10

    Ran the game in the first-half for City and help restricted VIctory's attack by playing in a more advanced defensive position. Wasn't quite as impressive in the second 45. 

  • Lachlan Wales Melbourne City

    Lachlan Wales

    Rating: 5/10

    Got forward dangerously but still lacking a bit of polish in the final third and spurned a golden chance in the first-half after a heavy touch. 

  • Dario Vidosic Melbourne City

    Dario Vidosic

    Rating: 7/10

    Never stopped getting forward and was ultimately rewarded with a routine header at the death to hand City a point. 

  • Riely McGree Melbourne City

    Riley McGree

    Rating: 6/10

    Asked plenty of questions of Victory's defence, but didn't deliver anything that really tested them. 

  • Melbourne City subs

    Michael O'Halloran: 6/10 

    Nathaniel Atkinson: 7/10

    Ramy Najjarine: 6/10

  • Lawrence Thomas

    Lawrence Thomas

    Rating: 7/10

    Recovered from a shaky start to make two crucial saves just before the break. Didn't have much to do in the second-half before City's equaliser. 

  • Corey Brown Melbourne Victory

    Corey Brown

    Rating: 6/10

    Caught out for pace once or twice, but positioned himself well to make up for it. 

  • Thomas Deng

    Thomas Deng

    Rating: 7/10

    Grew into the game and proved his ability moving forward with a few quality passes. 

  • Nick Ansell Melbourne Victory A-League 2014-15

    Nick Ansell

    Rating: 6/10

    Did what was needed of him at the back. 

  • Storm Roux

    Storm Roux

    Rating: 6/10

    Another bright performance from the right back, but was caught out for the equaliser as Jamieson skipped past him. 

  • Carl Valeri

    Carl Valeri

    Rating: 6/10

    A performance you've come to expect from the veteran. No thrills, but no real errors either. 

  • Melbourne Victory Terry Antonis

    Terry Antonis

    Rating: 6/10

    Not as sharp as he has been and lacked the guiding presence of Honda in midfield. 

  • Leigh Broxham

    Leigh Broxham

    Rating: 7/10

    Forced to fill the shoes of Honda and the veteran did a fine job considering their two very different skill sets. Kept the midfield together, even if he didn't push his side forward with the same quality as Honda. 

  • James Troisi Melbourne Victory

    James Troisi

    Rating: 7/10

    A few bright moments, but couldn't capitalise on a big chance in the first-half as he shot too close to Galekovic. 

  • Melbourne Victory Kosta Barbarouses

    Kosta Barbarouses

    Rating: 8/10

    Lively down the left and delivered a brilliant ball for Toivonen to open the scoring. 

  • Ola Toivonen Melbourne Victory

    Ola Toivonen

    Rating: 8/10

    Stepped up in Honda's absence to score a goal of pure instinct. Wasn't involved too much otherwise, but when he was showed just how well he reads a game. 

  • Melbourne Victory subs

    Josh Hope : N/A