Bruno magic enough for Melbourne City

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Melbourne City have climbed to second on the Hyundai A-League table after a 2-1 victory over Newcastle Jets thanks to a Bruno Fornaroli first-half brace.

The game kicked off Remembrance Round with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats last week.

The match promised goals as the past five meetings between the two sides had seen the back of the net rippled a staggering 23 times.

It was Fornaroli who put a dagger in Jets’ fans hearts after his two goals put the home side 2-0 up.

In a massive ‘what could have been’ moment for the Jets, Morten Nordstrand missed an absolute sitter from point blank range in the fourth minute after being provided a stunning through ball by Andrew Hoole.

Another big chance came for City in the 10th minute after they were rewarded a freekick just outside the box. Fornaroli and Michael Jakobsen deliberated before Jakobsen’s attempt slammed into the wall.

City looked ominous and it would be their Uruguayan star striker that would get things started. Bruno Fornaroli scored his fourth goal in as many matches against the Jets to put City up 1-0 after heading in a clever cross from Fernando Brandan.

Newcastle Jets continued to give Bruce Kamau an abundance of space down the flanks and they were punished for such. The speedster used his pace before whipping in a cross to Fornaroli who scored his second with a beautiful volley. 2-0 City.

The Jets however were not yet buried. In the 36th minute Andrew Nabbout’s strike from distance deflected off Jakobsen and into the back of the net to put the away side on the board.

Referee Adam Fielding blew his whistle and the home side led 2-1 at the break.

He couldn’t score from inside six yards but in the 50th minute, Nordstrand attempted an outrageous bicycle kick in what would have been a ridiculous equaliser for the Jets.

With 30 minutes to play and City leading 2-1 the Jets would still have fancied their chances having scored five out of their seven goals this season in the last third of the game.

The match didn’t end without drama after a substitution mix up saw City temporarily playing with 12 men. It was short-lived however, as Tim Cahill finally departed for Paul Retre.

A somewhat lacklustre second half ultimately saw the match finish 2-1 to City – a deserved and well needed three points for the men in light blue.

Fornaroli now has 31 career A-League goals, six this season, including five in his past four matches against Newcastle Jets and a match-winning brace tonight.

Melbourne City head to Western Sydney next Friday night to face the Wanderers.

Melbourne City 2 (Fornaroli 14’ 27’)
Newcastle Jets 1 (Nabbout 36’)

AAMI Park

Crowd: 7,745

Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Melbourne City FC:  2. MUSCAT Manny, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 6. MALIK Osama, 8. KILKENNY Neil, 10. CACERES Anthony, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 17. CAHILL Tim (18. RETRE Paul 86’), 20. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (C), 27. BRANDAN Fernando (12. FITZGERALD Nick 86’)

Newcastle Jets:  3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 9. KOKKO Aleksandr (16. CLUT Devante 63’), 10. BROWN Wayne (6. UGARKOVIC Steven 72’), 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew (11. HALITI Labinot 65’), 19. NORDSTRAND Morten, 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 28. KOUTROUMBIS Johnny

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Adrian Johnsonhttps://thefootballsack.com.au
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