Do not say no to finals just yet

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A goal in the second halves stoppage time by Andrew Nabbout provided Melbourne Victory with a 2-1 last minute thrilling win against Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

Victory were desperate for a win to remain hopeful of at least a six place finish and be contenders in the finals for the 2019/20 A-League season, which Nabbout, and first goal scorer for Victory, Marco Rojas were able to help achieve.

The visitors took an early lead in the seventh minute as Riley McGree found Kristian Opseth with an accurate pass after the misdirected header of Giancarlo Gallifuoco.

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Opseth curled his shot to pass Lawrence Thomas and found the bottom left of the net.

It was then a half full of missed opportunities for the home side as minutes after, Elvis Kamsoba’s pass to Migjen Basha saw a scoring opportunity for Victory, but Paul Izzo saved comfortably.

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13 minutes later, Tim Hoogland sent the ball into the feet of Andrew Nabbout, whose volley went straight into the body of Izzo.

Ola Toivonen sent his free kick straight into the United wall, and on its bounce back, James Donachie attempted from range.

Leigh Broxham, Basha and Rojas were all in the midst of the action, but Victory could not find their opener.

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The most hurtful miss, which may be miss of the season came from Toivonen, whose header from point-blank range went left of the net.

One minute of stoppage time was given, but it was United who took a 0-1 lead into the break, despite Victory’s dominant play.

A slower start to the second half became a bit more exciting as Kamsoba ran down the left side of the pitch, tripped over, but regained his feet to only send the ball over the top bar.

The miss did not matter, as only a moment later Rojas ran onto a cross inside the area and slid the shot into the bottom corner.

The goal was his 100th goal in the A-League and levelling the score for the home side, 1-1.

McGree attempted to regain United’s lead but his shot was easily denied by Thomas and shortly after George Blackwood’s inaccurate volley straight into the top bar kept the scores level.

Possession continued backwards and forwards between the two sides from the point of Victory’s equaliser, as neither side could find just enough spark to steal the lead.

Mohamed Toure ran through to try and take the lead but Thomas was able to deny United’s last scoring attempt for the evening.

For the second of Victory’s goals it seemed like it took a missed opportunity by Adelaide to reignite a flare, as in the first of three minutes of stoppage time, Nabbout struck into the top corner stealing the win.

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The win will provide the boys in blue a confidence booster as they host Sydney FC again at Marvel Stadium next week.

Melbourne Victory 1: (Rojas 58’, Nabbout 90 + 1’)

Adelaide United 1: (Opseth 7’)

 

Marvel Stadium

 

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham & George Lakrindis

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), James DONACHIE, Tim Hoogland, Leigh BROXHAM (Anthony LESIOTIS, 58’), Andrew NABBOUT, Ola TOIVONEN (C), Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Elvis KAMSOBA (Kenjok ATHIU, 88’), Migjen BASHA, Adama TRAORE (Brandon LAUTON, 46’), Marco ROJAS.
Unused subs: Matthew Sutton (GK), Storm ROUX, Joshua HOPE, Benjamin CARRIGAN.

Perth Glory: Paul IZZO (GK), Michael MARRONE (Mirko BOLAND 46’), Michael MARIA, Riley MCGREE, James TROISI, Kristian OPSETH (Kusini YENGI, 68’), George BLACKWOOD, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Mohamed TOURE, 78’), Michael JAKOBSEN, Jordan ELSEY, Louis D’ARRIGO.
Unused subs:  Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Ryan KITTO.

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.