Controversy galore as Melbourne Derby finishes 2-2

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It’s a game which had it all however the electric scenes at AAMI Park on Saturday night didn’t come without controversy as the game finished all square at 2-2.

It was a feisty encounter from the start, by the 15 minute mark four yellow cards had already been dished out.

Victory almost opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Fahid Ben Khalfallah played in Gui Finkler who’s shot only just went over the bar.

It was the opening goal that would get everyone in Australia talking and offering a contender for play of the season. Bruno Fornaroli aimed a rabona through ball to Anthony Caceres who strived forward and gave it to Aaron Mooy. Mooy then got it back to Fornaroli who chipped Danny Vukovic to make it 1-0 to send stadium and social media into raptures.

Six minutes later there was pandemonium as Ben Khalfallah stuck an empty net from 30 metres out to equalise. The ball fell to the Tunisian striker after Barbarouses had his shot parried by City keeper Thomas Sorensen, and Khalfallah obligingly leveled the scores in the 28th minute.

City found themselves back in the lead quickly as a Mooy freekick found Fornaroli whose header made it 2-1 at 31 minutes.

They would be all square soon after the second half commenced as Victory equalised in the 47th minute. Oliver Bozanic’s ball into the box landed fortuitously to Finkler who nodded it calmly past Sorensen.

Victory looked in the mood, almost taking the lead after shots from Bozanic and Khalfallah which forced saves from Sorensen.

Arguably the most controversial moment of the season came after Finkler’s direct freekick cannoned off the crossbar and bounced over the line, only for the goal not to be given. Replays showed it clearly crossed the line.

Victory fans reacted badly to the decision and Besart Berisha stepped in to police the hostile crowd.

With ten minutes remaining Anthony Caceres was given his marching orders after a second yellow, clumsily taking out Matthieu Delpierre.

The blue and white side of Melbourne looked hungrier in the final stages, pressing hard however no breakthrough came.

Novillo had the final kick of the game, a 35 metre freekick from goal, however it was squandered. The game finished 2-2 leaving Melbourne Victory fans seething over that earlier missed goal.

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 2. WILKINSON Alex (65’ 18. RETRE Paulo), 4. FRANJIC Ivan, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 19. GARUCCIO Ben (69’ 11. ZULLO Michael), 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 27. FITZGERALD Nick (81’ 22. CLISBY Jack), 29. CACERES Anthony, 33. MALIK Osama

Melbourne Victory: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 2. GERIA Jason, 3. GALLOWAY Scott (90’ 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel), 4. ANSELL Nick, 6. BROXHAM Leigh (85’ 10. THOMPSON Archie), 7.FINKLER Gui, 8. BERISHA Besart, 13. BOZANIC Ollie (79’ 16. MAHAZI Rashid), 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu

Referee: Chris Beath

Attendance: 25738

 

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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