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Melbourne Victory claim Big Blue bragging rights

9:03 AM WAT 25/11/2018
Melbourne Victory
It was Victory's two stars that made the difference on Sunday

Goals from Melbourne Victory's star imports Ola Toivonen and Keisuke Honda proved decisive as they saw off Sydney FC 2-1 in a typically fiery Big Blue at a sold-out Jubilee Stadium. 

After a tight opening exchange, Victory made the most of their first clear chance as Ola Toivonen slotted home the opener in the 22nd minute. 

The Swedish attacker bagging a goal on his starting debut after an incisive run from James Troisi saw the ball find its way to Toivonen at the far post, whose driven effort picked up a deflection to beat Andrew Redmayne. 

Despite looking sluggish in the final third, Sydney FC would pull themselves level in the 35th minute as Paule Retre won a questionable penalty after a foul from Terry Antonis.

While Adam Le Fondre's initial penalty attempt was saved by Lawrence Thomas, the Sydney FC striker tapped home the rebound to make it 1-1 and secure his fifth goal in five A-League games. 

Having been made to pay from the spot, Victory would restore their lead in identical fashion in the second-half after Jop van der Linden brought down Keisuke Honda.

The Japanese star making no mistake with his spot kick to make it 2-1 in the 71st minute. 

That goal would prove the difference in the end with Sydney FC unable to break down a well-organised Victory defense as Kevin Muscat showed his side are very much title contenders this season after a slow start.