Top of the table tussle ends in draw

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Melbourne City and Perth Glory battled for second place on the ladder in a goalless result to give City the upper hand.

The 0-0 result means City remain two points clear of Perth but the Glory have a game in hand.

Despite the lack of goals, the game was a thoroughly entertaining contest with both teams exhibiting stout defence and a commitment to protecting their goals.

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City came out of the blocks fast, with Florin Berenguer and Jamie Maclaren both creating scoring opportunities in the first five minutes. Only to be denied by two excellent Liam Reddy saves.

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In the 13th minute, Adrian Luna unleashed a thundering strike on goal that sailed just high as City continued to pile on the pressure.

As the half rolled along, the game morphed into a defensive tussle as both teams struggled to create scoring chances.

Perth’s best chance came in the 33rd minute when Bruno Fornaroli headed a corner kick just wide of the post.

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Moments later they would create another opportunity with Diego Castro firing towards goal from inside the box, however, Dean Bouzanis managed to make a save.

Through two minutes of stoppage time, neither team threatened the goal and at half time the scores were deadlocked at 0-0.

Out of the break, City dominated possession in their front half but the suffocating defence from Perth would prevent them from getting any clear shots away.

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In a chaotic 54th minute sequence VAR would overturn a penalty kick awarded to Perth, which the referee initially gave to Fornaroli after being fouled by Josh Brillante.

However, upon review, the former City forward was adjudged offside and the decision was reversed.

Up the other end, Maclaren had an opportunity to hit the scoreboard, heading a Luna cross towards goal but his strike whizzed past the left upright.

A free kick strike from Luna moments later would also miss in the same direction.

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Craig Noone would sneak in behind the defence in the 75th minute but Alexander Grant blocked his shot.

The match would end without any goals, as both teams bunkered down late in the game seemingly content to split the points.

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The result sees Perth’s six-game win streak come to an end.

Melbourne City: 0
Perth Glory: 0

AAMI Park
Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: David Walsh, Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Alex King

Melbourne City: Dean BOUZANIS (gk), Scott JAMIESON (c), Harrison DELBRIDGE, Jack HENDRY, Josh BRILLANTE, Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER, Craig NOONE, Markel SUSAETA, Adrian LUNA, Curtis GOOD, Nathaniel ATKINSON (Sub 73’), Scott GALLOWAY (Sub 90’), Rostyn GRIFFITHS (Sub 90’)

Unused Substitutes: Joe GAUCI (gk), Lachlan WALES, Stefan COLAKOVSKI, Moudi NAJJAR

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (gk), Alex GRANT, Gregory WUTHRICH, Joel CHIANESE, James MEREDITH, Bruno FORNAROLI, Kim SOO-BEOM, Tomislav MRCELA, Diego CASTRO (c), Jake BRIMMER, Neil KILKENNY, Ivan FRANJIC (Sub 73’), Dane INGHAM (Sub 80’), Jacob TRATT (Sub 90’)

Unused Substitutes: Tando VELAPHI (gk), Vince LIA, Gabriel POPOVIC, Kristian POPOVIC

Feature Image Credit: Perth Glory

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Student at Monash University and lover of all things football covering Melbourne City in 2019/20.

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