Victory prevails against Adelaide as Reds’ slump continues

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The alarm bells are ringing after Adelaide United lost their third game in a row against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. 

United came into their biggest game of the season with one of their most inexperienced line-ups for the year along with a makeshift defence with Isaias forced to play centre-back in his 200th appearance for the club. 

And their bitter rivals Victory made them pay. 

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Within minutes, Adelaide’s makeshift defence was looking shaky as the visitors were doing as they pleased. 

Marco Rojas opened the scoring with the simplest of tap-ins in the seventh minute to give Victory an early lead. 

It then turned from bad to worse for the Reds as 15 minutes later Mohamed Toure was stretchered off with a suspected shoulder injury.  

Despite this, United were leading in every statistical category at the half – with their best opportunity to score coming from Lachlan Brook cutting in onto his left and shooting near post, but all he found was the post.  

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But after half-time, the heat turned up. 

The original rivalry kicked into gear as the Reds played a more physical style of football as they desperately tried to find an equaliser.  

But Tony Popovic’s men were more than happy to play physical too. 

The visitors turned the Reds’ physicality against the home side as they set up chance after chance, with none bigger than Rojas scoring what he thought was his second goal of the game – but it was overturned by VAR for offside. 

Hiroshi Ibusuki was the spark for the Reds as his size and strength caused headaches for the Victory defence, but time and time again he was unable to find the back of the net.  

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The Reds added some late drama as substitutes Yaya Dukuly and Nestory Irankunda combined for their biggest chance of the game – but yet again, the Victory defence scrambled their way around to keep it out of the back of the net. 

Victory now leapfrog Adelaide and move into third place on the table, whilst Adelaide precariously fall into fifth place, with Wellington Phoenix and Macarthur breathing down their neck.  

Melbourne Victory 1 (Rojas 7’) 

Adelaide United 0 

Stadium: Coopers Stadium 

Referee: Alex King 

Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream, Andrew Lindsay 

Fourth Official: Daniel Cook  

Adelaide United: Steven HALL (GK), George TIMOTHEOU, Louis D’ARRIGO, ISAIAS, Craig GOODWIN, Hiroshi IBUSUKI (Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 84’), Mohamed TOURE (Joe CALETTI 23’, Nestory IRANKUNDA 84’), Javi LOPEZ, Joshua CAVALLO (Yaya DUKULY 64’), JUANDE, Lachlan BROOK (Asad KASUMOVIC 84’) 

Unused Subs: Arbri MOLLAS, Ethan COX  

Melbourne Victory: Ivan KELAVA (GK), Jason GERIA, Jason DAVIDSON, Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Leigh BROXHAM, Chris IKONOMIDIS (Gbenga FOLAMI 68’), Joshua BRILLANTE, Francesco MARGIOTTA (Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 77’), Brendan HAMILL, Jake BRIMMER, Marco ROJAS (Nishan VELUPILLAY 77’) 

Unused subs: Raimon Machan VIDAL, Birkan KIRDAR, Stefan NIGRO, Marko BULIC 

Featured 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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