Ulsan Hyundai’s danger man

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Mislav Orsic was hugely influential for Ulsan Hyundai in their 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Croatian got involved in each of Ulsan’s three goals that included a brace and assist to emphasise his importance to the South Korean side.

If Victory didn’t know much about him he has certainly caught their attention watching his performance. He showed his expertise from set-pieces but gave Victory plenty of headaches as Ulsan’s best attacking threat throughout the match with his pace and agility on show.

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His free-kick from long-range after 25 minutes whistled through the air and just snuck in past an attempted clearance by Rhys Williams to smash it with power and accuracy into the bottom right corner.

Shortly after the half hour mark Orsic got his assist from a corner as he picked out Richard Windbichler who got the vital touch with the head into the top corner from close range. A deadly corner delivery left Victory defenders and Lawrence Thomas off guard who were unable to react in time.

Orsic proved what he’s capable of again in the second half with an incredible finesse shot from outside the box. A world-class finish was no match for Thomas as it flew in with natural curve in what was an unstoppable strike.

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If that wasn’t enough Orsic almost got a second assist of the game in the 79th minute. He was tracked by Williams out wide but somehow the Croatian looped a clever ball over the top to an onside Junior Negrao who came on as substitute.

If the Brazilian could’ve controlled his first touch a little better, he would’ve been away as he got past Victory’s defensive line and it was down to the work of Orsic to put him into that space with a lofted pass.

Despite Orsic’s efforts to help his side take the lead three times, they couldn’t hold on to get the win as Victory fought with character to peg back Ulsan’s advantage. For Victory’s sake they’ll need to assess the impact that Orsic can have when the two sides meet again on the 4th of April.

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Liam Watson
Liam Watson
Intern for Melbourne Victory and Media and Communications student at La Trobe University.

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