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Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory Live Commentary, 05/01/2019

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A. Baumjohann (74 pen)
O. Toivonen (45)
O. Toivonen (86)
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FULL TIME: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 1 MELBOURNE VICTORY 2 - Melbourne Victory take their undefeated streak to nine in a row, as they beat the Wanderers for the 15th time, in the last 16 matches with the final score being 2-1. Melbourne Victory started the second half with a 1-0 advantage and were struggling for consistency for most of the second half. Roux brought down Baumjohann inside the box, as he converted the penalty to level the scores in 74th minute. Melbourne Victory had not given up hope as a Troisi cross gave Toivonen his second goal in the 86th minute. It looked like Fitzgerald was going to level the scores, but a great piece of keeping from Thomas was able to seal the deal for Melbourne Victory.
90' + 4' The Wanderers are throwing everything at Melbourne Victory. They have less than a minute to change the course of this match.
90' + 2' The rain is becoming heavier and heavier, which will make things very slippery, in the final three minutes.
90' We have four minutes of additional time to play for the remainder of the game. 
90' Fitzgerald with a bullet like shot for goal, which hits the woodwork, coming off the fingers of Thomas.
G. Niedermeier
S. Roux
Melbourne Victory
89' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Third and final change for the Victory as Roux makes way for Niedermeier.
88' Melbourne Victory would be nervous with this scoreline. They would be wanting to put this one out of the Wanderers reach.
O. Toivonen
Melbourne Victory
86' GOAL VICTORY (Ola Toivonen) Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Melbourne Victory 2 - A great run by Troisi down the right, he centres it in front of goal as Toivonen steps into it, coming off his midriff and going into the back of the net for his second goal of the match.
85' Bonevacia pulls the trigger on goal, but he drags it across the face of goal and misses by some distance in the end.
84' Troisi skies it into the box, but Janjetovic had a mortgage on it and take the ball in mid air.
Raúl Baena
T. Antonis
Melbourne Victory
82' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Melbourne Victory spot the telltale signs and make another change, with Antonis off for an early shower, being replaced by  Baena.
81' Majok runs onto the ball, as the Wanderers fans dream big, to have it all cut down by the vision of an offside flag being raised.
79' Fitzgerald has Thomas off his line and outside of the box. He passes the Victory goal keeper, he lifts it into the box of an unmanned goal, but Melbourne Victory's Mr Fix It is there to save the day, Broxham heads it out of danger.
Oriol Riera
Yellow Card
Western Sydney Wanderers
77' YELLOW CARD WANDERERS - Riera is awarded a yellow card after a clumsy challenge.
77' Baumjohann brings down Antonis inside the box. There are appeals for a penalty and it is not given. The VAR has a look and the original decision is upheld.
76' It looks as though we will have a very tense final 15 minutes, as this game is anyones.
A. Baumjohann
Western Sydney Wanderers
74' PENALTY GOAL WANDERERS (Alexander Baumjohann) Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Melbourne Victory 1 - Baumjohann takes the spot kick. He drives it into the bottom left corner of goal and the Wanderers are able to draw level.
73' Roux is faked out by Baumjohann, inside the box and he legs him, bringing him down. The ref points to the spot and awards a penalty.
A. Majok
B. Kamau
Western Sydney Wanderers
71' SUBSTITUTION WANDERERS - Make that a double, as Kamau is replaced by Majok.
N. Fitzgerald
J. O'Doherty
Western Sydney Wanderers
71' SUBSTITUTION WANDERERS - The Wanderers make their first change as O'Doherty makes way for Fitzgerald.
69' The Wanderers are continuing to have problems in front of goal.
67' Toivonen leaves it inside the box for Barbarouses, who chips it for goal and it is just wide of the mark.
65' Thomas pushes the ball away from the corner kick, with the ball going out the opposite side of the field for another corner to the Wanderers.
C. Valeri
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
63' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - Valeri goes into the ref's book after a clumsy challenge.
62' Melbourne Victory are starting to become more prominent inside attack.
R. Akbari
J. Hope
Melbourne Victory
60' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Melbourne Victory make their first change, with Hope making way for Akbari.
58' Thomas runs out of his box, bringing down the attacker and giving the Wanderers a direct free kick.
56' The Wanderers are stepping up their game, as they attempt to chase down Melbourne Victory.
54' Thomas has been fantastic for the Victory. He is clearly the man that kept them in it in the first half.
52' Melbourne Victory will be happy to just retain possession of the ball and eliminate the fight from the Wanderers.
50' Tempers threaten to boil over here, as Hamill rolls the ball into Toivonen with a push and shove the result.
S. Roux
Yellow Card
Melbourne Victory
48' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - Roux is awarded a yellow card for a tug of the jumper.
46' SECOND HALF - We are back under way as Melbourne Victory kick us off.
HALF TIME: WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 0 MELBOURNE VICTORY 1 - Melbourne Victory go into the half time break holding a 1-0 lead over the Wanderers after a 45th minute goal to Ola Toivonen. The Wanderers dominated possession for most of the half, yet they find themselves behind at the break.
45' + 4' Melbourne Victory win the free kick next to the sideline. They have the final opportunity to score in the first half.
45' + 2' The Wanderers still have some time left on the clock to level the ledger before the break.
45' We have four minutes of additional time to play for the first half.
O. Toivonen
Melbourne Victory
45' GOAL VICTORY (Ola Toivonen) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Melbourne Victory 1 - Troisi finds the right weight onto the pass towards Toivonen, as he slides it past Janjetovic and finding the bottom corner of the net.
44' Barbarouses skies the ball into the box for Toivonen, but he makes absolutely no effort whatsoever to head the ball for goal.
42' Barbarouses wins a foul in a very dangerous position. Troisi is taking the set piece.
40' It appears we are destined to go into the break with the scores all tied up at 0-0.
38' The Wanderers have had eight corner kicks to Melbourne Victory having only three corners.
36' The Wanderers find a way to turn it around as they run the ball out of defence, looking to turn it into an attacking play.
34' The tide appears like it is starting to turn, with Melbourne Victory enjoying some quality time in attack.
32' Baumjohann forces Kamau out wide, as he retrieves the ball and crosses it in to Baccus, who attempts to pull the trigger on goal but it takes a deflection.
30' Riera is lurking dangerously inside the box, as he heads it over Thomas, it looks dangerous, but the flag is up for offside anyway.
28' Melbourne Victory have found it difficult to transition from their defensive half and into their attacking half.
26' Riera has been cleared to continue and the match is back under way.
24' Riera has a three minute concussion protocol test on the ground. He looks like he will be able to continue as he gets to his feet.
22' Baumjohann with the set piece, he skies the ball into the box, Riera heads it and Thomas comes out and punches it away, clipping Riera. He comes off second best as the trainers come out to attend to him.
20' Melbourne Victory have been doing the bulk of the chasing in this one.
18' Melbourne Victory just don't look the same team without Honda on the ground. They will be missing him for the next month.
16' Play has stalled for the moment, as Bonevacia is being attended to on the ground. He looks to be fine to continue.
14' Hope is at the back post as he heads it for goal and it wide of the mark.
12' Ziegler with a massive header on goal. Thomas makes a sensational save. The Wanderers were so close with that one.
10' The Wanderers win a free kick about 30m from the box. Riera has suggested he is going for the shot. He skies it up towards the back post, with Ziegler heading for goal, forcing Thomas to concede the corner kick.
8' Melbourne Victory are starting to find some quality disposal inside their attacking half.
6' The Wanderers are dominating the possession stat, with 56.1% of the ball to 43.9% for the Melbourne Victory.
4' It's the Wanderers which has made the brighter start of the two teams.
2' Kamau drags the shot across goal, forcing Thomas to make a strong diving save.
1' FIRST HALF - The Wanderers kick off and we are under way.
TEAMS - Melbourne Victory (4-3-3) STARTING XI - Lawrence Thomas (GK); Storm Roux, Thomas Deng, Leigh Broxham, Corey Brown; Terry Antonis, Carl Valeri, Joshua Hope; Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi, Ola Toivonen. SUBS - Matthew Acton (GK), Georg Niedermeier, Kenny Athiu, Raul Baena, Rahmat Akbari. 
TEAMS - Western Sydney Wanderers (4-2-3-1) STARTING XI - Vedran Janjetovic (GK); Tate Russell, Patrick Ziegler, Brendan Hamill, Tarek Elrich; Jordan O'Doherty, Keanu Baccus; Roly Bonevacia, Alexander Baumjohann, Bruce Kamau; Oriel Riera. SUBS - Nick Suman (GK), Nick Fitzgerald, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Mathieu Cordier, Abraham Majok. 
Melbourne Victory currently possess an eight game undefeated streak with six wins and two draws from their last eight games. Should they win tonight, they will extend their streak to nine without a loss, for the first time since Round 15, in the 15/16 season.
The Western Sydney Wanderers have only won one of their last 15 matches against the Melbourne Victory. In that time, the aggregate score has been 37-14 in favour of Melbourne Victory.
Welcome to ANZ Stadium for the match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory.