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90' + 6'
B. Fornaroli
Yellow Card
90' + 5'
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
90' + 4'
R. Mahazi
Yellow Card
90' + 3'
R. Mahazi
B. Berisha
88'
T. Cahill
Red Card
86'
D. Bouzanis
Yellow Card
86'
E. Muscat
Own Goal
85'
B. Berisha
Goal
80'
D. Georgievski
L. Broxham
74'
F. Brandán
Yellow Card
70'
Baró
Own Goal
Own Goal
65'
B. Kamau
A. Caceres
64'
B. Berisha
Penalty Miss
62'
L. Brattan
Yellow Card
61'
M. Austin
F. Ben Khalfallah
51'
J. Geria
Yellow Card
46'
R. Tongyik
M. Jakobsen
42'
E. Muscat
Yellow Card
41'
O. Malik
Yellow Card
40'
N. Ansell
Yellow Card
18'
M. Jakobsen
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
4
2
1

Stats

Possession
% %
4
9
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 3
Total Passes 304 358

Commentary

FULL TIME - The first half was dull in comparison. The second half was what the A-League is all about. Melbourne Victory have ended their three game losing streak by doing it the hard way. They have come from behind to defeat Melbourne City 2-1.
B. Fornaroli
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
90' + 6' YELLOW CARD - Fornaroli jumps in with a reckless challenge and he too is shown the yellow card. That's his fifth and another player who will be suspended next week.
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
90' + 5' YELLOW CARD - Valeri is shown the yellow card for his foul on Brandan.
90' + 5' Troisi shoots off the tight angle and Bouzanis makes an easy save.
R. Mahazi
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
90' + 4' YELLOW CARD - Mahazi has been shown the yellow card just seconds after coming on.
R. Mahazi
B. Berisha
Melbourne Victory
90' + 3' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Berisha comes off and is replaced by Mahazi.
90' + 2' We are into the second of five minutes of stoppage time.
90' + 2' Melbourne City have four players suspended next week as well as Jakobsen injured!
T. Cahill
Red Card
Melbourne City
88' RED CARD - Tim Cahill has been sent off before he's had a chance to come on. He's been sent off for dissent.
D. Bouzanis
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
86' YELLOW CARD - Bouzanis is shown the yellow card for dissent.
E. Muscat
Own Goal
Melbourne City
86' OWN GOAL CITY - Melbourne Victory have come from behind to take the lead after Manny Muscat's own goal. Victory lead 2-1.
B. Berisha
Goal
Melbourne Victory
85' GOAL VICTORY - Rojas works to the byline and cuts back to Berisha who scores with the tap in. It's all square at 1-1.
84' Kamau catches the Victory defence napping and breaks into the box but he really should hav done better with his shot which was well over.
82' Troisi takes the direct path with the free kick but it's just over the cross bar.
81' Muscat fouls Rojas as Victory look to set up for another dangerous free kick.
D. Georgievski
L. Broxham
Melbourne Victory
80' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Broxham is replaced by Georgievski in a like for like change.
79' Daniel Georgievski is warming up for Melbourne City.
78' Troisi has a brain fade with the free kick curling well over the bar.
78' Rojas is fouled by Colazo and Victory have the free kick to the right of the box.
77' Brattan's shot from a long way out takes a deflection but Thomas has it covered.
75' Melbourne City now have three players suspended next week due to an accumulation of cards.
F. Brandán
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
74' YELLOW CARD - Brandan concedes the foul against Geria and he too has been booked.
74' Fornaroli takes the free kick but it just edges past the post and out for a goal kick.
73' Kilkenny is bundled over on the edge of the box by Valeri. A dangerous free kick awaits.
72' Ansell looks to have hurt his shoulder in the contest for the ball against Fornaroli. But he looks to be moving freely.
72' A teasing ball is sent into the box and Berisha fresh airs it.
Baró
Own Goal
Melbourne Victory
70' Own goal Alan Baró Calabuig
Own Goal
70' OWN GOAL VICTORY - Brandan gets around Geria and centres to Kilkenny who shoots. It takes a deflection of Baro and leaves Thomas stranded. Melbourne City lead 1-0!
67' Colazo with a dangerous ball in and it comes out to Brattan who shoots well over.
67' City win another corner. This derby is on fire!
66' Kilkenny breaks into the box and shoots, but it takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.
66' It's end to end attacking at the moment.
B. Kamau
A. Caceres
Melbourne City
65' Substitution Anthony Caceres Bruce Kamau
B. Berisha
Penalty Miss
Melbourne Victory
64' PENALTY MISS - Berisha steps up to take the penalty and Bouzanis makes a magnificent save. That's three missed penalties from Berisha this season. He is furious!
L. Brattan
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
62' YELLOW CARD - Luke Brattan is shown the yellow card for the penalty concession.
62' PENALTY - Brattan brings down Rojas in the box and Victory have been awarded the penalty.
M. Austin
F. Ben Khalfallah
Melbourne Victory
61' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Fahid Ben Khalfallah is replaced by Mitch Austin with Victory making their first change.
61' Muscat is not happy at all after a free kick is initially paid to City then reversed.
60' Brattan shoots directly from the free kick and it smashes against the cross bar!
58' Brandan wins the header at the corner and Thomas makes another reflex save.
58' Brattan navigates a path in the box and shoots, but it's a fine save by Thomas to prevent City from taking the lead.
57' City are looking to their bench once again with Kamau warming up.
56' Troisi's corner is met by Broxham who gets underneath it and heads over.
55' A lightning fast counter sees Victory win another corner.
53' Ben Khalfallah turns Colazo inside out but his shot lacks the power to beat Bouzanis.
52' Tongyik is free in the box but takes an eternity to spin and shoot allowing time for his shot to be charged down.
J. Geria
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
51' YELLOW CARD - Brandan is fouled by Geria who is shown the yellow card.
50' Berisha lays it off to Troisi who shoots it straight at Bouzanis.
49' Both teams have been cautious thus far but that could change as players begin to feel tired.
R. Tongyik
M. Jakobsen
Melbourne City
46' SUBSTITUTION CITY - An injury enforced change for City with Michael Jakobsen unable to continue. He is replaced by Ruan Tongyik.
46' Melbourne City kick off to get the second half underway.
HALF TIME - It has been a first half that has mainly seen fouls and yellow cards and not much else. Very few clear cut chances for either side with plenty at stake here. It's 0-0 at half-time.
45' + 1' City with a late first half corner but some aerial ping pong from the Victory defence sees the ball escape danger.
44' Rojas drags it across to Berisha with an open goal but he doesn't make contact with the ball. He looked offside but there was no flag.
E. Muscat
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
42' YELLOW CARD - Manny Muscat is also shown his fifth yellow card of the season. They will be two defenders down next week.
O. Malik
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
41' YELLOW CARD - Osama Malik has no cause for complaint after he is booked for a clumsy challenge. That's his fifth yellow card of the season.
N. Ansell
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
40' YELLOW CARD - Nick Ansell is shown the yellow card for his foul on Brandan.
39' Fornaroli finds the back of the net with an excellent header but he is offside.
38' Troisi crosses into the box where Berisha helps it on intended for Rojas, but his header goes out for a goal kick.
36' Troisi sends it into the box and Bouzanis punches it away.
35' Troisi draws the foul from Franjic to the left of the box and Victory have the free kick in a dangerous position.
34' Troisi with a through ball to Ben Khalfallah but he is offside.
33' Jakobsen is still not moving well at the moment and he continues to stretch.
32' Play is stopped to allow for Jakobsen to receive treatment. They need him fit and firing because he has arguably been their best player this season.
29' Fornaroli with the dummy for Kilkenny who lays it off to Brandan, but his shot is wide.
28' Kilkenny tries to chip it in the box looking for Brattan, but it has too much on it and Thomas grabs it.
26' Berisha threads it through for Rojas but Jakobsen reads it well to intercept.
25' The crowd in attendance tonight is mainly consisting of Melbourne Victory fans who are the home team tonight.
23' Victory have their move ended by some good scrambling defence by Colazo.
21' The first 20 minutes of this match have been evenly poised.
M. Jakobsen
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
18' YELLOW CARD - Michael Jakobsen is shown the yellow card for dissent.
18' Ben Khalfallah has been put through in the box with only some desperate defending by Franjic saving the night for City.
15' Malik shoots from well outside the box but his attempt is wide.
14' Brandan has it in the box but Baro is sure in defence and he belts the ball away.
13' Baro comes across to make the block at Franjic with the ball going out for a throw in.
10' Not surprisingly the foul count continues to rise and we haven't even played ten minutes yet.
9' Colazo sends it in and Broxham misses it. Luckily for Victory there wasn't a white shirt near it and Brandan's clumsiness in the end costs City a free kick.
9' Fornaroli wins the corner for City.
7' Victory take the free kick quickly with Rojas through. Bouzanis comes rushing out at him with Rojas' lob just landing on top of the roof of the net.
5' Franjic is free in the box but his shot slips off the side of his boot and away from danger.
5' Fornaroli seems to have a target sign on him as he has been collected a couple of times tonight.
4' Troisi takes the free kick but it drifts out of the box and out of danger.
4' Today's referee is Chris Beath and he will need to be at his best tonight.
2' Franjic comes off second best competing for the same ball as Baro.
1' Victory with an early chance but Berisha is caught offside.
1' KICK OFF - We are off and underway at Etihad Stadium.
Kick off is only moments away.
Melbourne City (4-3-3): Bouzanis (GK); Muscat, Jakobsen, Malik, Franjic; Brattan, Kilkenny, Caceres; Colazo, Fornaroli, Brandan. Subs: Sorensen (GK), Kamau, Retre, Tongyik, Cahill.
Melbourne Victory (4-3-3): Thomas (GK); Geria, Baro, Ansell, Broxham; Valeri, Troisi, Bozanic; Rojas, Berisha, Ben Khalfallah. Subs: Acton (GK), Mahazi, Georgievski, Austin, Ingham.
We will take a look at the line ups.
Both sides are well inside the top six. The jostling for positions becomes important as the season begins to culminate and this game could have a crucial impact.
Good evening and welcome to the third Melbourne derby of the season. It's Victory v City and honours are evenly shared after two meetings. Bring it on!
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