Victory secure first home win

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Melbourne Victory can thank Robbie Kruse for their first home win for the season against Perth Glory, with the home side securing a 1-0 win in Leigh Broxham’s 300th game.

It took some struggling early on before Victory were able to find the opening goal for the night.

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The first opportunity came as Kruse weaved through the Perth midfield, passing on to Andrew Nabbout who struck the ball tall of the net.

Moments after Ola Toivonen had an opportunity to score from a long shot, however, Liam Reddy saved the attempt comfortably.

Glory were close to scoring next with a cut back from Ivan Franjic heading the direction of Neil Kilkenny but he sent the ball just over the cross bar.

With all eyes on the ball, Nabbout turned a cross into a shot, forcing Reddy to get his fingertips on the ball for a save.

The corner ball again was sent into the direction of Nabbout but his header this time went well over the cross bar.

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In the 33rd minute Kruse was waiting in the six-yard-box, he received the cross from Nabbout and very easily sent the ball into the net.

The home side took the lead 1-0, and Kruse was able to score his first goal back in Victory colours.

Two minutes of stoppage time were added, with it being hindered with a head knock to Diego Castro but neither side found an opportunity to score as Victory took the lead into the break.

It was all Perth’s game going into the second half, with the away side leading with possession.

Bruno Fornaroli came so close to finding the equaliser for Glory, thumping a volley to the ground but the bounce upwards connected to the crossbar.

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A chance again for Fornaroli who was able to find space in the box but the volley was deflected for a corner.

From here, Alexander Grant had his attempt to equalise but with Glory’s luck, he connected with the crossbar.

Another chance came for Victory in the 77th minute as Adama Traore ran down the left side and passed the ball to Nabbout, sending the ball wide of the near post.

Elvis Kamsoba followed shortly with an opportunity who too sent the ball across the face of the net.

Victory continued to find possession of the ball, restricting Perth to any major further opportunities to find an equaliser.

Victory were finally able to provide the goods for their home crowd, holding on to the 1-0 lead against a fighting Glory and giving Broxham a memorable 300th game.

Melbourne Victory: 1 (Kruse 33’)
Perth Glory: 0

AAMI Park
Attendance: 13,804

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: Wilson Brown, Andrew Meimarakis
Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), James DONACHIE, Leigh BROXHAM, Jakob POULSEN, Andrew NABBOUT (Corey BROWN 90+2’), Robbie KRUSE (Kenjok ATHIU 88’), Ola TOIVONEN (C), Elvis KAMSOBA, Migjen BASHA, Adama TRAORE, Anthony LESIOTIS.

Unused subs: Brendan WHITE (GK), Joshua HOPE, Benjamin CARRIGAN.

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Alexander GRANT, Gregory WUTHRICH, Ivan FRANJIC (Soobeom KIM 57’), James MEREDITH, Bruni FORNAROLI, Diego Castro (C) Christopher IKONOMIDIS, Juande (Joel CHIANESE 78’), Kristian POPOVIC (Jake BRIMMER 65’), Neil KILKENNY.
Unused subs:  Tando VELAPHI (GK), Dino DJULBIC, Chris HAROLD.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.

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