Adelaide United strike late to secure comeback win

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Adelaide United earned a crucial three points on Tuesday night with a late Mohamed Toure winner snatching victory against Melbourne City.

The first major chance of the game came when Florin Berenguer found his way through the Adelaide defence to send a cross skidding towards Jamie Maclaren, however, the ball was just out of reach for the City striker.

Fortunately for Maclaren he would not have to wait long for another chance, as a quickly taken Scott Jamieson free kick caught Adelaide’s defence napping, allowing Maclaren to pounce and open the scoring 11 minutes in.

A defensive calamity which saw a major miscommunication between goalkeeper Joe Gauci and centre-back Lachlan Barr handed a golden chance to Maclaren who did not pass it up

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City were dominant early.

Yet somehow, entirely against the run of play, the away side equalised within 10 minutes.

Javi Lopez arrived in the corner of the box and delivered a seemingly standard cross to the back post, which somehow found its way past Tom Glover into the top corner.

An extraordinary moment which stunned the home crowd, Lopez’s goal ensured City’s run of A-League Men’s games without a clean sheet would extend to eight.

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The Reds continued to tempt faith with questionable attempts to play out from the back, heaping pressure on Gauci in goal.

Both sides had goals ruled out for offside later in the half, as well as Andrew Nabbout squandering a golden opportunity, leaving the game level at the break.

City opened the second half with yet another disallowed goal, this time when referee Shaun Evans picked out a Curtis Good foul immediately prior to a set-piece ball ending up in the back of the net.

One of the best chances of the half came soon after the hour mark when substitute Stefan Colakovski showcased some excellent touch and control to earn himself a one-on-one with Gauci, but the Adelaide keeper made an excellent save down to his right.

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The game largely settled in the second half. Both sides had clearly felt the brunt of injuries in recent matches, whilst City were particularly challenged by having to play their third match in a week.

Perhaps the most significant defensive calamity though came in the 85th minute, when veteran defender Carl Jenkinson played a lazy back-pass to his goalkeeper, a mistake which proved fatal as substitute Toure executed a clinical finish to grab all three points for the visitors and make it 2-1.

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Ultimately Carl Veart’s team would hold on for the win, securing a crucial win in this congested phase of the season.

There was disappointment for City, who missed the chance to go top of the table, but both sides remain well-positioned to secure finals berths in May.

Melbourne City: 1 (Maclaren 11’)

Adelaide United: 2 (Lopez 20’, Toure 85′)

AAMI Park

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis, Andrew Meimarakis

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Scott JAMIESON (c) (Nuno REIS 52’), Carl JENKINSON, Aiden O’NEILL, Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER, Andrew NABBOUT (Mathew LECKIE 76’), Connor METCALFE (Taras GOMULKA 76’), Curtis GOOD, Marco TILIO (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 41’)
Unused subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Manuel PUCCIARELLI, Jordon HALL

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO (Isaias 86′), Ryan KITTO, Stefan MAUK (c)(Joshua CAVALLO 86′), Craig GOODWIN, Hiroshi IBUSUKI (Mohamed TOURE 72’), Javi LOPEZ, Michael JAKOBSEN, Lachlan BARR, Juande LOPEZ (Zach CLOUGH 45’), Bernardo OLIVEIRA (Nestory IRANKUNDA 59’)

Unused subs: Steven HALL (GK), Jacob TRATT

Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

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