Melbourne Victory win classic original rivalry

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Nothing about this original rivalry game was original as Melbourne Victory upset the home favourites.

Melbourne Victory claimed a 2-1 win over Adelaide United in a dominant display, on top of home side in all facets of the game.

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An eventful first half is putting it lightly as 20 free kicks and five yellow cards summed it up, with none of the yellow cards were more eventful than Kusini Yengi’s going down in the 25th minute.

Yengi was streaming towards goal, ignored an open Craig Goodwin and went himself before going down in the box. A penalty was the shout from the home team, but referee Adam Kersey awarded Yengi a yellow card for diving. 

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From there onwards, Victory did the majority of the attacking as United struggled to stop their counter attacks. Marco Rojas found himself one on one with James Delianov twice, but Delianov would not be denied the first time, whilst the post denied Rojas the second time. 

The second half started off with Victory scoring what they thought was the go-ahead goal, until the ball went through Jason Davidson’s legs when he was in an offside position – as the Victory faithful let their beer cups do the talking.  

But Victory would not be denied, as less than ten minutes later Francesco Margiotta tapped in the easiest of chances to give Victory a well deserved lead. 

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However, United were finally able to get one back as Jacob Tratt welcomed Matthew Spiranovic back to the A-League as he kicked the ball into his head and the ball managed to trickle over the goal line to level the game.  

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At this point you would be getting a sore neck, as the ball went back and forth with great attacking play. This time super sub Nishan Velupillay capitalised on a peach of a cross as he put Victory back in front with a touch over ten minutes left to play.  

Davidson’s eventful game continued as he was sent off with a second yellow card in the 88th minute. Surprisingly the only red card shown for the game.  

A cracking game ended with Victory upsetting the home favourites and running out 2-1 victors.  

Adelaide United 1 (Tratt 70’)
Melbourne Victory 2 (Margiotta 59’, Velupillay 78’) 

Coopers Stadium 

Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay & David Walsh
Fourth official: Jack Morgan 

Melbourne Victory: Ivan KELAVA (GK), Jason GERIA, Jason DAVIDSON, Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Leigh BROXHAM, Joshua BRILLANTE, Francesco MARGIOTTA (Robbie KRUSE 68’), Gbenga FOLAMI (Lleyton BROOKS 81’), Roderick MIRANDA, Jake BRIMMER (Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 81’), Marco ROJAS (Nishan VELUPILLAY 68’)
Unused Subs: Birkan KIRDAR, Stefan NIGRO, Jerrad TYSON (GK) 

Adelaide United: James DELIANOV (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO (Bernardo OLIVEIRA 60’), Stefan MAUK (C), Kusini YENGI (Mohamed TOURE 71’), Isaias SANCHEZ, Craig GOODWIN, Michael JAKOBSEN, Jacob TRATT, Benjamin HALLORAN, Joshua CAVALLO, Juande Prados LOPEZ
Unused subs: George Timotheou, Ryan KITTO, Joe CALETTI, Alexandar POPOVIC, Joe GAUCI (GK) 

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Cameron Ottenhoff
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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