FFA Cup holders Adelaide United have seen their reign ended as Melbourne Victory eased to a 3-1 win at AAMI Park, though their win was soured by a potentially serious knee injury to club icon Archie Thompson.
Adelaide rarely looked like ending their four-year winless run in Melbourne, with the A-League champions easing to a 2-0 halftime advantage thanks to goals from Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses.
The Reds were fortunate not to be reduced to ten men early on as Osama Malik scythed down Fahid Ben Khalfallah on the edge of the penalty area.
However, the Victory were immediately rewarded as Finkler curled a textbook free-kick into the top corner of the goal.
With Socceroos World Cup midfielder Oliver Bozanic impressing on his debut, it was no surprise that the home side extended their lead moments before the break as Barbarouses finished at the far post with Ben Khalfallah providing the assist.
Protecting a proud record in cup competitions, Adelaide fought back after the interval creating several half-chances and briefly drew within a goal of their rivals as Marcelo Carrusca scored with a penalty.
However, it took just four minutes for the two-goal margin to be restored as Besart Berisha also netted from the penalty spot.
Former Socceroo forward Thompson, who won the penalty scored by Berisha, was felled by an awkward Michael Marrone challenge during added time and now faces an anxious wait after being stretched from the pitch clutching his knee.