Victory finally prevail and progress into the FFA Cup round of 32

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It took Melbourne Victory less than 60 seconds to score their first goal, but it took them another 120 minutes to edge out a gallant Perth Glory side in their FFA Cup play-off.

The initial stages of this game had danger signs written all over it for Glory, as Victory wasted little time with a long-range Lleyton Brooks banger within the first minute.  

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But Glory were able to catch out a Victory defence that had done little defending, as Joshua Anasmo finished off his first senior goal with a set-piece equaliser 25 minutes later.

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But from that moment onwards, the scoring dried up. 

Victory peppered the goals but struggled to get a shot on target, whilst Glory controlled the majority of possession but could not put it together in their attacking half. 

Extra time was much of the same. Victory had an early chance through Nishan Velupillay which was dragged slightly wide, but apart from that it was a stale mate as we went to penalties. 

Finally, we made it to the penalty shoot-out which brought some much-needed goals and action!  

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Both teams kept copying each other as they had all night, with both calmly slotting their first two spot kicks, but both missing their third. 

However, Victory was finally able to prevail 4-3 on penalties and now progress on to the FFA Cup round of 32 where Adelaide City awaits. 

Perth Glory 1 (Anasmo 26′)
Melbourne Victory 1 (Brooks 1′)

Marden Park Sports Complex  

Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Henry Day, Paula Orlandi
Fourth official: Daniel Cook 

Perth Glory: Cameron Cook (GK), Giordano Colli (C), Aidan Coyne, William Formston, Joseph Forde, Jacob Muir (Judd McDougall 97′), Chris Donnell, Joshua Anasmo (Matthew George 76′), Adam Zimarino (Ciaran Bramwell 97′), Aidan Edwards (Jayden Leader 97′) , Tyler Vecchio (Joshua Rawlins 66′)

Unused subs: Samuel Reilly (GK),

Melbourne Victory: Jerrad Tyson (GK), Francesco Margiotta (William Wilson 68′), Robbie Kruse (C) (Nishan Velupillay 68′), Birkan Kirdar (Anthony Leban 116′), Jay Barnett, Aaron Anderson, Stefan Nigro, Marco Rojas (Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio 68′), Lleyton Brooks (Ryan Lethlean 89’), Zaydan Bello, Edmond Lupancu  

Unused subs: Marko Bulic (GK), Aisen Ishak, 

Featured image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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