Melbourne City have defeated Melbourne Victory 2-1 in a fiery Melbourne derby at Etihad Stadium.

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In what was a very dramatic first 45 minutes, Carl Valeri kicked things off with a tackle from behind on fellow captain Michael Jakobsen. Valeri received the first yellow card of the match inside the first minute.

Ross McCormack looked lively early with his two early attempts parried away by Lawrence Thomas.

After nine minutes Besart Berisha looked to get in on the act but he had a swing and miss under pressure after Troisi’s low ball in.

Then just a couple minutes later Leigh Broxham was shown a yellow this time for his sliding challenge on Nick Fitzergald.

After 24 minutes Leroy George supplied a very tasty ball across goal, but Berisha couldn’t react in time.

Four minutes later the was another flashpoint, this time a tackle by Rhys Williams on Osama Malik. With a relatively quick review, Williams was shown a yellow card.

This had an affect on Malik and after copping another heavy challenge in the 40th minute and he couldn’t continue.

His replacement Marcin Budzinski had an immediate impact. On the cusp of half time, Bruce Kamau held the ball up, Fitzergeld little ball through to the sub Budzinski and he beat Thomas near post with a powerful shot, giving City the 1-0 lead.

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After 53 minutes Kamau got his chance but Williams was there to block his shot well.

Then shortly after Kosta Barbarouses found himself in enough space to execute a brilliant cross with Berisha and George waiting. The ball fell to George and he made no mistake, scoring to get the game on level terms.

Not long from kick-off, Troisi headed towards goal and before he could get a shot away and he was clipped by Muscat, with a yellow shown to him.

Ten minutes later the match took another twist with Kamau looking like he had all the time in the world despite a chase by Valeri. Kamau’s shot was deflected over the head of Thomas regaining the lead for City 2-1.

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Then it was Barbarouses in the 68th minute with an inventive back-heel following a corner.

After 77 minutes substitute Mitchell Austin had a great chance with a header but couldn’t connect with accuracy or power.

Three minutes later James Donachie was shown a yellow for a challenge just as City were starting to build an attack.

In stoppage time, Matias Sanchez became the fifth yellow carded player for Victory for a tackle collecting Tim Cahill.

Rhys Williams had the same big chance as last week as his towering header went just over the bar.

Thomas also denied City their third with a double save to deny Budzinski’s shots after played through by Stefan Mauk.

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The 2-1 result to City means they collect two wins from two, while Victory are yet to get off the mark with two defeats.

Melbourne Victory 1 (GEORGE 55′)
Melbourne City 2 (BUDZINSKI 45′, KAMAU 65′)

Etihad Stadium

Referee: Peter GREEN
Assistant Referees: David WALSH & George LAKRINDIS
Fourth Offical: Jonathan BARREIRO

Melbourne Victory
2. GERIA Jason, 4. WILLIAMS Rhys, 5. MILLIGAN Mark (18. SANCHEZ Matias 75′), 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 10. TROISI James, 17. DONACHIE James, 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 21. VALERI Carl (C) (23. INGHAM Jai 81′), 41. GEORGE Leroy (11. AUSTIN Mitchell 69′).
Substitutes: 1. ACTION Matthew (GK), 14. DENG Thomas.

Melbourne City
2. MUSCAT Emmanuel, 3. JAMIESON Scott, 5. SCHENKEVEID Bart, 6. MALIK Osama, (27. BUDZINSKI Marcin 42′) 7. FITZGERALD Nick, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 13. MAUK Stefan, 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene (GK), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael (C), 25. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 44. MCCORMACK Ross (17. CAHILL Timothy 80′).
Substitutes: 1. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 9. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 21. TONGYIK Ruon.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.