Beister scores in Victory win over Wanderers

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Maximilian Beister has scored on debut for Melbourne Victory in a 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

In an entertaining game the Wanderers seemed to have the better of the possession in the first 20 minutes with captain Nicolas Martinez linking up with Mitch Nichols and Dimas to create some beautiful passing combinations.

Yet despite clearly missing the presence of star playmaker Marco Rojas to international duty, it was the Victory who opened the scoring on 26 minutes thanks to some sloppy Wanderers defending.

Aritz Borda sold teammate Dimas into trouble with a wayward pass allowing Fahid Ben Khalfallah to have a shot on goal. Andrew Redmayne saved the strike but Borda failed to clear the ball leaving Besart Berisha to fire a ball across the box to Oli Bozanic who tapped in from six yards.

The Victory were unlucky to not have a second on the stroke of halftime when Mitch Austin was ruled offside from a Ben Khalfallah cross. Referee Jarred Gillett was swamped by furious Victory players at the half time break in protest to Austin’s goal being disallowed but Gillett was unfazed by the attention.

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic put maverick Kerem Bulut on at the start of the second half to try and spark his team into life, however the second half continued in similar fashion as the first.

James Troisi was unlucky with his right-footed curling shot hitting the crossbar after dispossessing a hapless Borda, while Jumpei Kusukami was crying foul after being clearly brought down in the box by Jason Geria in the 54th minute.

Neither side could really take control of the match but Victory still seemed to create the better chances going forward and were duly rewarded in the 65th minute.

After a powering run from midfield substitute Jai Ingham got his head to a Troisi cross and put the ball past Redmayne, the keeper seeming lost inside his six yard box.

Western Sydney weren’t about to roll over though with Bulut forcing his way through the Victory defense only to put the ball wide of the upright.

German international Maximilian Beister came on for Ben Khalfallah in the 72nd minute and was almost immediately shirt-fronted by Jack Clisby in the box leaving everyone in the ground wondering how Jarred Gillett did not awarded a penalty.

Bulut was the Wanderers’ best attacking outlet with the striker almost curling the ball into the top right corner late on.

Yet it was Beister who would get the last laugh tapping in a Ingham cross to round off a comprehensive second half for Melbourne.

The Victory will now head across the ditch to play the Wellington Phoenix while the Wanderers will take on Melbourne City at home.

Melbourne Victory: 3 (26’ Bozanic, 65’ Ingham, 84′ Beister)
Western Sydney Wanderers: 0

Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 21,480

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley Beecham
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Brennan
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Melbourne Victory:  20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 2. GERIA Jason, 15. BARO Alan, 4. ANSELL Nicholas, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 21. VALERI Carl (C), 13. BOZANIC Oliver (82′), 10. TROISI, James, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (72′), 11. AUSTIN Mitchell (61’), 8. BERISHA Besart.

Substitutes: 27. BRAY Alastair, 23. INGHAM Jai (61’), 17. DONACHIE James, 16. MAHAZI Rashid (82′), 9. BEISTER Maximilian (72′),

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK), 5. HAMILL Brendan, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan, 17. BORDA Aritz, 3. CLISBY Jack, 13. PINATARES Bruno, 8. DIMAS (81′), 6. NICHOLS Mitchell, 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas (C), 11. SANTALAB Brendon (45’), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei.

Substitutes: 1. TYSON Jerrad, 2. COLE Shannon, 9. BULUT Kerem (45’), 15. BACCUS Kearyn (81′), 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua. 

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