DERBY: Melbourne Heart vs Melbourne Victory – A-League live scores, blog

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    Melbourne City take on Melbourne Victory for the re-branded club's first-ever Melbourne derby. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

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    Melb Heart V Melb Victory

    AAMI PARK, MELBOURNE, VIC, 22 DECEMBER 2012

     
    Melb Heart Match Completed Melb Victory
    1 FINAL SCORE 2
    0 HALF TIME SCORE 0
    13 SHOTS 12
    3 SHOTS ON GOAL 5
    18 FOULS 18
    13 CORNERS 1
    2 OFFSIDES 3
    54 POSSESSION 46

    After seven games, 19 goals, 43 cards and over 215,000 fans, the eighth instalment of the Melbourne derby wraps up the A-League’s pre-Christmas weekend when Melbourne Heart host Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. We’ll have live coverage from 7.45pm AEDT.

    A sell-out crowd is expected and both sides will be up for it, paving the way for what should be a fabulous contest.

    Melbourne Victory’s resurgence under manager Ange Postecoglou has stalled in recent weeks, with a heavy loss in Adelaide followed by a thrilling draw against Brisbane last weekend.

    Postecoglou’s men will want to get back to winning ways to reaffirm their position in third place, and to pressure the league’s runaway leaders Adelaide and Central Coast.

    Melbourne Victory’s ball-playing midfielders will be key: Gui Finkler, Billy Celeski and even Mark Milligan have become pivotal to the Victory’s attack in recent weeks.

    The pace of an in-form Marco Rojas and Socceroo Archie Thompson will also be an ever-present threat to Melbourne Heart’s defence.

    Despite the Victory’s strong performances so far though, marquee Marcos Flores has been unable to replicate his form from his time at Adelaide.

    The derby would be the perfect time for him to hit his straps but even without the Argentinean, Victory remain a formidable proposition in attack.

    Melbourne Heart find themselves in eighth place and mired by inconsistency – the last time the red and whites won two games in a row was ten months ago.

    The Heart are coming off a deserved 2-0 loss in Gosford, and were lucky to snatch all the points the week before that when Golgol Mebrahtu scored with just minutes left.

    Heart’s 2-1 win in the most recent derby was based on coach John Aloisi’s high pressing game, but they have been unable to match this performance since, and Victory are a much better side than they were in week one.

    To produce another win Heart, like their opponents, will rely on skilled midfielders along with fast wingers and forwards.

    Fred, Matt Thompson and Richard Garcia will all be key in the centre of the park, while Jonatan Germano may join them in midfield for the first time this season if he is deemed fit following his recovery from a calf injury.

    Up front Heart have the speedy David Williams as well as veteran Dylan MacAllister, who scored both goals last derby but have scored only one more between them since then.

    Croatian Josip Tadic, returning from a spout of back spasms, may be the Heart’s biggest forward threat having scored three times this season.

    Tonight’s derby will undoubtedly be a fabulous spectacle, likely to produce drama just like the seven previous editions of this match-up.

    The recent discussions about Heart’s long-term future off the pitch will only serve to fire up the club’s players and fans to prove a point come kick-off.

    Melbourne Victory are certainly the form side – both on and off the park – but Heart have a history of causing upsets in this fixture and they’ll certainly see no better time to get the three points.

    We’ll be covering what promises to be a huge game live from 7.45pm AEDT, join us in the conversation and leave your comments below.

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    9' YELLOW CARD - Diogo Ferreira (Melb Victory)

    45 + 1' YELLOW CARD - Nicholas Ansell (Melb Victory)

    51' YELLOW CARD - Spase Dilevski (Melb Victory)

    54' YELLOW CARD - Adrian Leijer (Melb Victory)

    67' GOAL - Marco Rodrigo Rojas (Melb Victory)

    75' YELLOW CARD - Matt Thompson (Melb Heart)

    82' GOAL - 'Fred' Helbert Frederico Carreiro Da Silva (Melb Heart)

    85' YELLOW CARD - Billy Celeski (Melb Victory)

    87' YELLOW CARD - Patrick Gerhardt (Melb Heart)

    90 + 4' GOAL - Archie Thompson (Melb Victory)

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    • 9:52am
      mice said | 9:52am | ! Report

      Great game to watch. Disappointing for a Heart fan. Just wish Heart would play with that intensity more often.
      I had a wry smile when I saw the line of police in their fatigues outside the ground as we were leaving and wish I had taken a photograph of My brother in his Victory colours and I in my Heart colours embracing each other in front of them.

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      9:16am
      Cappuccino said | 9:16am | ! Report

    • 3:15am
      AVictory said | 3:15am | ! Report

      You need to cut the bias out of your commentary, you’re suppose to be impartial to the emotions of the game 😉

    • 12:44am
      Midfielder said | 12:44am | ! Report

      Just saying and sharing …

    • 11:40pm
      Peter said | 11:40pm | ! Report

      I live in London and want to see some highlights of this game. Every Australian website that plays highlights does not work when overseas. Why is this the case!!?!?!?! Can someone point me to a website with video highlights which are viewable anywhere in the world? Thanks

      • 12:46am
        Paul said | 12:46am | ! Report

        TWG, FoxSports? None of these working?

      • 3:08am
        AVictory said | 3:08am | ! Report

        This is a TWG copy

    • Roar Guru

      10:53pm
      Fussball ist unser leben said | 10:53pm | ! Report

      Wow. .. what a game!

      Just got home – what a day.

      Cricketers Arms at 530 – public bar, beer garden, lounge was packed with MVFC fans – singing non-stop. Must have been 400-500 in there. Another couple of hundred were in the street outside the put. Then police cars blocked of a couple of lanes of Hoddle St, one of Melbourne’s busiest, to allow the MVFC to march to AAMI Park.

      700 people, banners & chanting – people in cars, instead of being upset at being held up, started taking photos & video.

      Yeah a couple of flares were lit … no harm done; no one got killed, no one got blinded, no one had an asthma attack.

      Then the game … 90 minutes of tension.

      0-0 at HT, 1-1 with a minute to play …

      .. And, the illiterates will try to lecture us that “the game is boring”.

      If you don’t get football after a game like this, well .. you’ll never get Football.

      ARCHIE THOMPSON DA DA DA DA
      ARCHIE THOMPSON DA DA DA DA
      ARCHIE THOMPSON DA DA DA DA
      ARCHIE THOMPSON DA DA DA DA

    • 10:51pm
      Stevo said | 10:51pm | ! Report

      What more would people want from a game of football? Had pretty much everything including a last gasp goal from – arrrrrrrrrr ARCHIE THOMPSON I HATE YOU!!!! And he had to celebrate down our end :(. I hope it was a great spectacle on the telly coz it was an awesome atmosphere at the ground.

    • 10:04pm
      Nathan of Perth said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      John Aloisi is a scary looking man.

      Has the crazy eyes.

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      10:02pm
      Cappuccino said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      According to trendsmap on twitter, Archie, SummerFootball and Rojas are some of the tops trends coming out of Melbourne. Check out the SummerFootball fanzone at
      fanzone.footballaustralia.com.au

    • 9:59pm
      tk said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      Hilarious Bosnich talking about how hard it is to keep going forward when you are so tired !!!

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