Nabbout down: City win not without troubles as star forward injured

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Melbourne City have extended their lead at the top of the table, yet fans will be wondering at what cost after star forward Andrew Nabbout left the field with a serious injury in the first half of the 4-1 win over Adelaide United.

It was a conclusive win for the club, but heartbreak for Nabbout and his team mates as the star forward went down with what appeared to be a significant leg injury in the first half.

Nabbout was clearly distressed as he left the ground, with Socceroos selection in the coming weeks potentially weighing on his mind.

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Nabbout’s captain Scott Jamieson was in the action early in his 100th game for the club, as he forced through a goal off a healthy deflection for the second time in two games.

City keeper Tom Glover almost lived his nightmare in the 21st minute, attempting a blind switch and passing it straight into the gut of Craig Goodwin. Despite the gift, Goodwin had no time to react and the ball floated over the top of the goals.

Curtis Good had a good look at the other end, but the well directed header was kept out by James Delianov, who received the late call up and performed well despite conceding four goals.

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Adelaide got themselves back into the contest with a few good looks through Goodwin, but it was City who would score again, through a short corner and a fullback once more.

This time is was Scott Galloway who cut through the Reds’ defence, delivering the perfect shot to sneak past Delianov and give City a 2-0 leg up at half time.

The Adelaide train got some steam in the second half, as Ben Halloran was able to slot a much needed goal for the visitors, credit to a beautiful flick from Kusini Yengi.

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But just as it appeared the visitors were ready to make a fist of it, City substitute Stefan Colakovski went down in the box, with the referee pointing to the spot.

Jamie Maclaren took the penalty, then sealed the game soon after with a second goal from a dynamic run and assist by Marco Tilio.

Those two moved Maclaren into the outright lead for City’s all-time goal-scorers on 58, one ahead of Bruno Fornaroli, as well as just two away from the season record for goals scored (27).

Melbourne City: 4 (Jamieson 8′, Galloway 45′, Maclaren 72′ 82′)

Adelaide United: 1 (Halloran 51′)

AAMI Stadium

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis & Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (gk), Scott GALLOWAY (Daniel GEORGIEVSKI 80′), Scott JAMEISON (c), Rostyn GRIFFTHS, Aiden O’NEIL (Nuno PEREIRA REIS 68′), Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, Craig NOONE ( Stefan COLAKOVSKI 68′), Andrew NABBOUT (Marco TILIO 28′), Connor METCALFE (Adrian LUNA 68′) , Curtis GOOD

Unused Subs: Benjamin GARRUCIO, Matthew SUTTON (gk)

Adelaide United: James Delianov (gk), Michael MARRONE, George TIMOTHEOU, Louis D’ARRIGO (Ryan KITTO 88′), Stefan MAUK (c), Tomi Juric (Kusini YENGI 46′), Craig GOODWIN (Yared ABETEW 88′), Joe CALETTI (Al Hassan TOURE 70′), Jordan ELSEY, Benjamin HALLORAN, Joshua CAVALLO (Mohamed TOURE 80′)

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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