Victory v Phoenix player ratings: Terrific Toivonen outshines Honda

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Who starred and who struggled in the elimination final?

Keisuke Honda may be Melbourne Victory's marquee man, but it was Ola Toivonen that truly starred on Friday night in his side's 3-1 elimination final win over Wellington Phoenix. 

Wellington started the match strongly, but Victory's stars would step up and guided Kevin Muscat's side to a Big Blue semi-final next week.

Check out all our player ratings from the game below...

  1. Lawrence Thomas

    Rating: 7/10

    Made a terrific early save and could do little about Wellington's goal. 

  2. Thomas Deng

    Rating: 7/10

    A composed performance from the young defender, who didn't shy away on the big stage. 

  3. James Donachie

    Rating: 7/10

    Made his presence felt at the back and proved a good partner for Niedermeier. 

  4. Georg Niedermeier

    Rating: 8/10

    Quality header for the opening goal and rarely caught out in defence. 

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    Leigh Broxham

    Rating: 6/10

    Did what was asked of him at left-back but didn't turn any heads. 

  6. Terry Antonis

    Rating: 7/10

    A tireless showing from the midfielder but never quite got into the game. 

  7. Raul Baena

    Rating: 6/10

    A few stray passes but overall proved a solid anchor in midfield. 

  8. Keisuke Honda

    Rating: 8/10

    Brilliant free-kick to set up the opening goal and generally gave that extra 10 per cent that had been missing from his game over the past month. 

  9. Elvis Kamsoba

    Rating: 6/10

    Another lively showing from the young gun, who was only let down by his end product in the final third. 

  10. Kosta Barbarouses

    Rating: 8/10

    After putting an effort wide early in the second half, made amends quickly with a cool finish for Victory's second. His pace causing Wellington's defence plenty of problems. 

  11. Ola Toivonen

    Rating:10/10

    Nearly every pass was pin-point as he teed up Barbarouses for Victory's second goal before finishing brilliantly himself from a tight angle. The real star of this Victory side tonight. 

  12. Melbourne Victory substitutes

    Carl Valeri, Kenny Athiu and Storm Roux all brought on in the dying minutes to little effect. 
  13. Filip Kurto

    Rating: 5/10

    Could do nothing about the first two goals, but should've stood tall for the third and instead allowed Toivonen to chip him at his near post. 

  14. Ryan Lowry

    Rating: 5/10

    Showed his lack of attacking potential early as he skewed a shot wide. Lack of pace didn't help filling in at right wing-back. 

  15. Steven Taylor

    Rating: 6/10

    A solid performance from the Englishman but struggled to contain Toivonen.

  16. Andrew Durante

    Rating: 6/10

    Failed to pick up Neidermeier for Victory's opening goal, but still showed enough to suggest he can play on. 

  17. Michal Kopczynski

    Rating: 3/10

    An early yellow card ended with a late red and the Pole never really had a positive influence on the game. 

  18. Liberato Cacace

    Rating: 7/10

    Proved a good outlet moving forward and did what was asked of him at the back. 

  19. Mandi

    Rating: 3/10

    Most notable involvement saw him give the ball away cheaply for Victory's second goal. Hooked off not long after. 

  20. Alex Rufer

    Rating: 5/10

    Struggled to get into the contest. 

  21. Max Burgess

    Rating: 7/10

    Tried his best to drive the Nix forward with a few great passes. 

  22. David Williams

    Rating: 6/10

    Showed glimpses of attacking potential but another that struggled to have a big say on the game. 

  23. Roy Krishna

    Rating: 8/10

    Took his goal well and asked plenty of questions of Victory's defence all night. 

  24. Wellington Phoenix subs

    Sarpreet Singh - Rating: 8/10 

    Lively once brought on and played in a beautiful cross for Krishna's goal.

    Cillian Sheridan: N/A