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Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix Live Commentary, 03/05/2019

3 - 1
G. Niedermeier (42)
K. Barbarouses (53)
O. Toivonen (71)
R. Krishna (64)


FULL TIME - Melbourne Victory have progressed to Week 2 of the finals after knocking out Wellington Phoenix with a 3-1 win at AAMI Park. Victory advance to play Sydney FC on the road next Sunday evening whilst Wellington's season is now over. 
L. Cacace
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
90' + 7' YELLOW CARD - Cacace is the latest Phoenix player to be booked as it all begins to fall apart.
K. Athiu
E. Kamsoba
Melbourne Victory
90' + 6' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Elvis Kamsoba comes off to be replaced by Kenjok Athiu.
C. Sheridan
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
90' + 5' YELLOW CARD - Cillian Sheridan is shown the yellow card for something he must have said. 
S. Roux
K. Barbarouses
Melbourne Victory
90' + 5' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Kosta Barbarouses takes his time as he walks off to be replaced by Storm Roux.
90' + 5' An assistant from Wellington's bench and Kevin Muscat have both been shown yellow cards. 
M. Kopczynski
Yellow 2nd/RC
Wellington Phoenix
90' + 3' RED CARD - Michal Kopczynski tackles Toivonen then has his arms around his neck to prevent him from moving on. A foolish foul that sees him receive his second yellow and sent off. 
90' + 2' The short corner is taken as Victory focus on keeping possession. 
90' + 2' Toivonen cuts it across to Kamsoba who has his shot smothered by Kurto who deflects it out for a corner. 
90' + 1' There are six minutes of stoppage time with the reaction on Kevin Muscat's face indicating a slight sense of resentment towards that number being so high. 
C. Elliot
R. Lowry
Wellington Phoenix
90' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Ryan Lowry is replaced by Callan Elliot as Wellington make their final change. 
88' Wellington are desperately trying to create the miracle but Victory are far too experienced to let this one slip. 
C. Valeri
Raúl Baena
Melbourne Victory
85' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - Baena comes off to be replaced by Carl Valeri.
83' The rain is tumbling down on AAMI Park but that's not going to dampen the spirits of the fans here. 
81' Honda looks to take a shot from the left side of the boxbut he drags it across the face of goal for a goal kick. 
C. Sheridan
D. Williams
Wellington Phoenix
77' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - David Williams is replaced by Cillian Sheridan.
A. Rufer
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
77' YELLOW CARD - Alex Rufer is shown the yellow card for his foul on Toivonen. 
76' Barbarouses looks to run onto the ball from Honda but Kurto beats him to it first. 
74' It will be hard to see Wellington bounce back from this. 
O. Toivonen
Melbourne Victory
71' GOAL VICTORY - Barbarouses with a long ball to Toivonen who chases it down. From a very tight angle Kurto comes out at him but Toivonen just clips it over and executes the shot to perfection! Victory lead 3-1. 
69' Kamsoba tries one from distance but it's well wide of the target.
67' Singh finds Krishna in the box again and, with Thomas advancing, his attempted lob goes wide for a goal kick. 
R. Krishna
Wellington Phoenix
64' GOAL PHOENIX - Singh with a wonderful ball into the box for Krishna who directs it past Thomas from close range to pull one back for Wellington. The substitution has worked a treat for Wellington. Melbourne Victory still lead 2-1. 
63' Williams shoots out of nothing with Thomas forced to get down low to his left to make the save. 
60' The home fans are enjoying the match with Victory two goals clear and looking likely to progress onto a road trip next week. 
S. Singh
Wellington Phoenix
57' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Wellington make their first change by bringing off Burgess. Hang on! Just as Burgess high fived his replacement he is made to go back onto the field with Mandi instead replaced by Sarpeet Singh.
M. Burgess
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
56' YELLOW CARD - Max Burgess has been shown the yellow card for dissent. 
K. Barbarouses
Melbourne Victory
53' GOAL VICTORY - Mandi with a very poor giveaway in midfield. He gives it straight to Toivonen who draws the opposition before sliding it over to Barbarouses who finishes emphatically to give Melbourne Victory a 2-0 lead. 
50' Cacace looks to get it into the box but Deng applies the block. 
47' Toivonen cuts it across to Barbarouses who has to just connect well to score but he sprays it wide under pressure at the far post. 
45' The second half is underway. 
HALF TIME - Georg Niedermeier's goal late in the first half separates the teams at half-time with Melbourne Victory leading 1-0 at half-time. 
45' There will be two minutes of stoppage time. 
G. Niedermeier
Melbourne Victory
42' GOAL VICTORY - Honda sends the free kick into the box for Niedermeier who heads it leaning back with his back to goal and he beats Kurto inside his top right corner. Melbourne Victory leads 1-0. 
D. Williams
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
41' YELLOW CARD - Williams is shown the yellow card for his foul on Toivonen. 
40' Toivonen runs onto it and cuts back looking for Barbarouses but he should have taken the shot himself with Barbarouses unable to get to it. 
38' The ball is crossed to Kamsoba deep in the box but he can't keep it in. 
34' Play restarts with both players walking off the field waiting to come back on. 
32' There will be a stoppage in play after a clash of heads between Kopczynski and Toivonen. 
32' Mandi with a chance from just inside the box but his effort is wide. 
28' Antonis is outnumbered and he thumps the ball out for a throw in to allow Victory to reset.
25' Mandi looks to have been fouled in the centre but referee Evans doesn't pay the foul. Toivonen takes off and shoots from outside the box but Kurto makes a fine save. 
24' It has been a physically taxing game to date with Barbarouses taking a breather. 
22' Honda shoots from the edge of the box and Kurto is forced to palm it away with the ball drifting in the air. 
19' Williams passes across to Lowry but he shoots into the side netting. 
15' The free kick is driven into the wall and Victory escape a dangerous situation unscathed. 
13' Krishna is held back by Baena and Wellington have the free kick in a very dangerous position. 
11' Williams looks to shoot from inside the box but it's blocked with the Phoenix players all appealing for a penalty, but Shaun Evans ignores and the VAR confirms that the right decision was made. 
M. Kopczynski
Yellow Card
Wellington Phoenix
7' YELLOW CARD - Kopczynski has been shown the yellow card for blocking the run of Barbarouses. 
6' The atmosphere is electric tonight with the home fans making lots of noise. 
4' It's a little bit physical early on. 
1' Krishna gets in behind Baena and shoots with Thomas making a good save. The ball comes out to Rufer who then shoots wide. 
1' We are off and underway. 
Wellington Phoenix (3-4-3): Kurto (GK); Kopczynski, Durante, Taylor; Cacace, Mandi, Rufer, Lowry; Williams, Burgess, Krishna. Subs: Sail (GK), Elliot, Stensness, Sheridan, Singh. 
Melbourne Victory (4-3-3): Thomas (GK); Broxham, Niedermeier, Donachie, Deng; Kamsoba, Baena, Honda; Toivonen, Antonis, Barbarouses. Subs: Acton (GK), Roux, Valeri, Athiu, Lesiotis.
Melbourne Victory will be expected to get the job done here tonight but never write off Wellington Phoenix who will be playing with spirit and a nothing to lose attitude. 
Melbourne Victory finished in third position with 15 wins from their 27 matches and have earned the right to host this match tonight against the sixth placed Wellington who won 11 of their 27 matches. 
Good evening and welcome to AAMI Park for tonight's Elimination Final between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix.