Victory prevails in an original rivalry bloodbath  

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Despite the boring name, this original rivalry was far from boring.  

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“Nothing comes easy for teams here” Tony Popovic said when asked on the game, and this game was the opposite of easy. 

30 fouls and eight yellow cards (including one double yellow for Jason Davidson) highlighted a furious clash. 

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However, it wasn’t just fouls that made this original rivalry hard to handle. Melbourne Victory’s counter attacking football could not be stopped as Adelaide United’s defence struggled yet again. 

“We gave the ball away. Victory didn’t win it; we gave it to them. And when you are in that type of transition, it is very hard to defend against,” Carl Veart said.  

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No moment was bigger than Adelaide United striker Kusini Yengi’s yellow card in the 25th minute.  

Adelaide’s number nine was streaming towards goal, ignoring an open teammate in Craig Goodwin before he was tripped up in the penalty area.  

The crowd and the Red’s players went up in a penalty roar, but referee Adam Kersey rather awarded Yengi with a yellow card for diving.  

“I didn’t think it should have been a yellow card. There was contact there” 

“When you’re 100 kilos running as fast as you can and you get touched in the back, it is very hard to stay up,” Veart said.

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But from that moment onwards Victory put their pedal to the metal, as Marco Rojas had numerous one on one chances with United goalkeeper James Delianov. 

“We had some good success with Marco and Ben, unfortunately they didn’t result in a goal in the first half. But in the end both Ben and Marco were involved in the deciding goals,” Popovic said.  

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Victory now finds themselves in second place on the table with three wins and one loss. Coach Popovic spoke on the growth he’s seen already from his team. 

“Once we conceded last week, I never felt we could come back. And one week later in a hostile environment, we scored a wonderful second goal. And then we had to be really tough at the end. So yeah, that’s a little bit of progress for us.” 

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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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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