Melbourne Victory run out big winners over fledgling Brisbane Roar

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A stunning display at AAMI Park saw Melbourne Victory go top of the A-League Men’s ladder, while Brisbane Roar are left languishing at the bottom following a 3-0 defeat on Sunday.

Victory were the early aggressors in the match, however, it was Brisbane who helped them open the scoring in the 27th minute.

Roar defender Kai Trewin’s header found its way perfectly into the back of his own net after an aggressive Nick D’Agostino cross.

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Victory doubled their lead just four minutes later, as D’Agostino was once again in the thick of it, his first touch strike easily passing Roar keeper Macklin Freke. Yet it was Josh Brillante’s interception and patience in finding Marco Rojas streaming down the right wing that was key.

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Roar were not without their chances, as striker Cyrus Dehmie got on the end of a cross, only to be halted by the gloves of Victory’s new addition Ivan Kelava.

Victory once again looked to push their ascendary at the end of the first half, as Jake Brimmer’s gorgeous through ball spotted-up Brillante with just the goalkeeper to beat. Unfortunately, the captain couldn’t keep his shot down below the crossbar.

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Luke Ivanovic should have had his side within striking distance in the 48th minute as a through ball caught Kelava off his line, but his shot careened off the post.

Victory made it 3-0 just a minute later, as another stunning ball from Rojas was expertly dispatched by attacker Ben Folami.

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The 14-year veteran Rojas exited the game to a hearty round of applause in the 63rd minute – his job all but done with less than half an hour left.

Nicholas Olsen’s effort in the 73rd minute forced Kelava into an incredible save, the keeper receiving a knock to the head from the crossbar for his troubles.

Leigh Broxham received a yellow for a questionable challenge in the 78th minute, however, Brisbane were able to do essentially nothing with the free kick which followed.

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This was immediately proceeded by another yellow to Jake Brimmer at 81 minutes in, much to the chagrin of the Victory crowd. O’Shea’s free kick and follow-up were both blocked by Victory’s wall, with VAR confirming no hand-ball on their behalf.

For coach Warren Moon’s men, the loss sees the Roar firmly planted at the bottom of the table following consecutive losses.

The Melbourne Victory faithful should take this win as more early evidence that the off-season rework under Tony Popovic has done wonders. Now the only 2-0 side in the comp, they’ll be sitting pretty at the top of the ladder before another home game against Perth Glory next Sunday.

Melbourne Victory: 3 (Trewin 27′ OG, D’Agostino 31′, Folami 50′)

Brisbane Roar: 0

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Alex King

MELBOURNE VICTORY: Ivan KELAVA, Brendan HAMILL, Jason GERIA, Leigh BROXHAM, Joshua BRILLANTE (C) (Robbie KRUSE 68′), Jake BRIMMER, Rai MARCHAN, Marco ROJAS (Nishan VELUPILLAY 63′), Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (Francesco MARGIOTTA 68′), Ben FOLAMI (Lleyton BROOKS 86′), Jason DAVIDSON (Stefan NIGRO 86′)

Unused Subs: Jay BARNETT, Jerrard TYSON,

BRISBANE ROAR: Macklin FREKE, Scott NEVILLE, Corey BROWN, Anton MLINARIC (Nicholas OLSEN 67′), Rahmat AKBARI (Henry HORE 81′), Matti STEINMANN (Jesse DALEY 67′), Jay O’SHEA, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Juan LESCANO 74′), Jack HINGERT, Kai TREWIN, Cyrus DEHMIE (Luke IVANOVIC 45′)

Unused subs: Jordan HOLMES, Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH,

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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