Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City highlights: Victory secure derby with two late goals

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    Melb Victory V Melb City


    Melb Victory Match Completed Melb City
    10 SHOTS 16
    31 FOULS 18
    3 CORNERS 5
    5 OFFSIDES 3
    46 POSSESSION 54

    Match result:

    Melbourne Victory won a dramatic and controversial derby on Saturday night despite trailing 0-1, thanks to a goal form Besart Berisha and then an own-goal coming via Manny Muscat.

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    Final score
    Melbourne Victory 2
    Melbourne City 1

    Match preview:

    Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City do battle in a Melbourne derby that both teams desperately need to win. Join The Roar tonight for live scores and commentary from 7.50pm (AEDT).

    After a promising start to the season, it’s fair to say City are not living up to their potential. The citizens find themselves in fourth position on the ladder, with Perth Glory, the Newcastle Jets and others clutching at their heels.

    Another disappointing performance against the Jets last week raises doubts about City’s capacity to challenge Sydney FC for the title.

    A change in coach has done little to solidify their defensive issues. They remain a team that is far too easily opened up by opposition attackers and they will be tested once again by the Victory.

    The Victory is enduring a three-match losing streak and will be particularly frustrated by their 2-1 defeat to Sydney FC last week at home.

    After taking the lead through James Troisi, they were well on top in the first half, only to concede against the run of play.

    Despite threatening to take the lead in the second half through some enterprising play, Melbourne’s inability to convert pressure into goals cost them dearly against the most well-organised team in the A-League.

    Despite not playing badly at all, the Victory still found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against a Sydney outfit that is unrivalled when it comes to stamina and belief.

    Although City has enjoyed the better results of late, Victory is still playing the better football. They will fancy their chances of ending their winless drought tonight.

    While City at their best remain the team most likely to challenge Sydney for the title, they are a long way from their peak and need to start showing more urgency both on and off the ball.

    This is a very difficult game to call. Both teams are not in the best of form but expect an entertaining game nonetheless with plenty of goals. A draw looks likely here.

    City and Victory to draw 2-2

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    18' YELLOW CARD - Michael Jakobsen (Melb City)

    40' YELLOW CARD - Nicholas Ansell (Melb Victory)

    41' YELLOW CARD - Osama Malik (Melb City)

    42' YELLOW CARD - Manny Muscat (Melb City)

    51' YELLOW CARD - Jason Geria (Melb Victory)

    62' YELLOW CARD - Luke Brattan (Melb City)

    70' GOAL - Neil Kilkenny (Melb City)

    74' YELLOW CARD - Fernando Brandan (Melb City)

    84' GOAL - Besart Berisha (Melb Victory)

    87' OWN GOAL - Manny Muscat (Melb Victory)

    87' YELLOW CARD - Dean Bouzanis (Melb City)

    88' RED CARD - Tim Cahill (Melb City)

    90 + 4' YELLOW CARD - Rashid Mahazi (Melb Victory)

    90 + 5' YELLOW CARD - Carl Valeri (Melb Victory)

    90 + 5' YELLOW CARD - Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City)

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    • 11:53pm
      MarkfromCroydon said | 11:53pm | ! Report

      Was at the game and loved it.
      The most enjoyable aspect was the controversy surrounding the second Victory goal, and the sending off of Cahill. Karma’s a bitch isn’t it!
      Ha! Ha!

    • 11:07pm
      Slane said | 11:07pm | ! Report

      Wowee what a game. I’m still very confused. Obviously at the ground we don’t get to hear the commentators and I still don’t know what happened with the Cahill red card. Very entertaining match.

    • 11:02pm
      AZ_RBB said | 11:02pm | ! Report

      Expect Bouzanis’ racist attack on Berisha to be looked at through the week.

      City might struggle to field a team in their “six pointer” against Brisbane next week.

      • 12:26am
        Pauly said | 12:26am | ! Report

        Given that Bes was giving it back I dare say nothing.

      • 2:40am
        Aethelbert said | 2:40am | ! Report

        I expect it to play out like Abbas calling out Santalab.

        FFA don’t want to tarnish their flavour of the month nest egg.

    • 10:44pm
      Lionheart said | 10:44pm | ! Report

      What a weird and wonderful final 20 minutes. I can imagine if roles were reversed how Muscat’s post match interview would have gone. Did the ref overrule the assistant on the line, or did the linesman change his call?
      I can understand City fans and players being upset, but Cahill should know better, than whatever it is he did. Crazy stuff.

    • Roar Guru

      tully101 said | 10:43pm | ! Report

      i hope berisha gets a look in for throwing the ball at bouzanis, unsportsman like as you get

    • 10:07pm
      AZ_RBB said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      Countless replays and discussions later, there’s still nothing close to a consensus on the winning goal.

      And people think video refs will work in football? HA!

      • 10:14pm
        SVB said | 10:14pm | ! Report


      • 10:47pm
        punter said | 10:47pm | ! Report

        Video refs should only be used to change the real obvious, eg Carney’s hand ball, otherwise it’s ref’s call & let us continue to debate whether correct or not!!!!

        • 10:54pm
          AZ_RBB said | 10:54pm | ! Report

          Ahh the pre-video ref era innocence. I remember when NRL said that and now we use it for every try. I remember when cricket said that but obvious mistakes are missed all the time.

          Your real obvious is different to my real obvious.

          • 11:11pm
            punter said | 11:11pm | ! Report

            Fair enough, I was more talking of offsides, crossing goal/touch lines, handballs etc. The rest is ref call.

    • 10:01pm
      Tom said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      The rules to offside were changed. You don’t have to touch the ball to be offside, you need to be interfering with play. Referee need to learn the new rule. Berisha was in an offside position interfering with play. Bloody joke. Harper is an absolute tool. The match is of a low standard and just blurbs superlatives. Doesn’t understand the rules and commentates like is word is the gospel. Irrational commentator that justifies the mute button.

      • 10:12pm
        AZ_RBB said | 10:12pm | ! Report

        It’s not as simple as interfering with play.

        You need to either play at the ball or you need to do something that obviously and clearly impacts on the defenders ability to play the ball. The former is clearly not the case. The latter is debatable. If Muscat thought Berisha was offside, why did he play at the ball? Muscat played at the ball of his own volition.

        People need to stop acting like these calls are black and white. People also need to stop acting like the sky is about to fall in because they don’t agree with a 50/50 call.

        If you want a piece of incompetence to be angry at, maybe watch the first 60mins of this match. Half the players were struggling to complete 5 yard passes or control the ball.

        • 10:23pm
          Tom said | 10:23pm | ! Report

          I agree the match was of a low standard. That is why I find Harper such an irratating commentator. He doesnt need to continuously spruce the game. Viewers of Foxtel are rusted on football people. The linesman waved for offside. You cannot tell me that he didn’t see who last touched the ball. He saw the ball was deflected by muscats lunge. But he correctly judged Berisha was interfering with play and put his flag. What happens next Victory players led by the biggest whinger in the league protest. Referee approaches the assistant and goal is allowed to stand. What caused the assistant to change his mind.

        • Roar Rookie

          Stevo said | 10:25pm | ! Report

          “If Muscat thought Berisha was offside, why did he play at the ball? Muscat played at the ball of his own volition.”

          No, Muscat did what a defender has to do – defend. He lets the ref make the correct decision. Berisha was hurtling towards Bouzanis, Muscat and the ball because that’s what he’s paid to do – score. But he was offside.

          • 10:31pm
            AZ_RBB said | 10:31pm | ! Report

            Berisha’s presence was the reason Muscat played at the ball but Berisha had little or no impact on Muscat’s ability to play the ball. The latter is the important bit.

            • 10:45pm
              Tom said | 10:45pm | ! Report

              Muscat stretched because of Berishas position. Muscat had to stretch and was not able to control the ball the way he could of if he didn’t stretch. Berishas caused him to stretch and therefore he was interfering with play. The same happens when a defender goes up in the air and touches the ball in the box. However a penalty is not given because a nearby attacker is in an offside position.

            • Roar Guru

              tully101 said | 11:15pm | ! Report

              berisha made a gesutre (running in behind muscat) that decieved musctas ability to play the ball

        • 10:27pm
          RBBAnonymous said | 10:27pm | ! Report

          My personal opinion is that it is offside. I am not too upset with the call though because I can understand why he gave the goal. I think it is interference because the defender has to make a decision. The defender in that case is not going to let the ball go because he has to make a quick decision as the ball was played at pace. The ball is being played towards Berisha who is the only Victory player that the ball is possibly being played to.

          Its a 50/50 call and the referee has interpreted opposite my thinking which is fair enough.

          • 12:29am
            Pauly said | 12:29am | ! Report

            Benefit of the doubt should go to the attacking team.

            This really is a debate for IFAB.

      • 9:23am
        Neil said | 9:23am | ! Report

        As a neutral that dislikes Berisha’s constant dissenting referees, I will admit I changed my mind about 3 times about that offside and will have to admit I am happy to leave that decision to the ref.

    • Roar Guru

      tully101 said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Regardless of whether it was a own goal or not, it’s offside, berisha severely effected the play, disgrace

      • Roar Rookie

        Stevo said | 9:58pm | ! Report

        Correct. He was offside and interfered with Bouzanis. Beath had a shocker tonight.

        • Roar Guru

          tully101 said | 10:35pm | ! Report

          i didnt see much of the replays but 4 questions
          1) was bruno onside?
          2) was the “foul” on brandan enough for a pen
          3) was there enough contact on rojas for the peN?
          4) did berisha effect the play on muscats own goal
          i feel as not all of these decisions were correctly called. 2 in my opinion are wrong, thats a 50% strike rate. Beath will habe his job in the morning, can anyone think of any proffesion where someone gets the big things wrong half of the time, yet still keeps thier job?

          • Roar Rookie

            Stevo said | 10:55pm | ! Report

            Brandan’s knock to the head was a clear foul as Geria came from behind and misjudged his attempt at heading the ball and collected Brandan rather than the ball. Free kick against Geria anywhere else on the pitch but not in the box it seems.

          • 10:58pm
            AZ_RBB said | 10:58pm | ! Report

            Hahahahahahah. You think Beath only made 4 decisions in the whole game? Wow hahahaha

            A job where you can get big things wrong half the time and keep your job?

            I recommend you watch sport. Athletes make countless basic errors every single time they step on to the field. Yet many make tens of millions of dollars.

            If I were you, I would be looking at the indiscipline of your players. Half (where have I heard that word before?) of them will be suspended next week.

            • Roar Guru

              tully101 said | 11:08pm | ! Report

              4 “big decisions” i didnt say he only made 4 decisions. and i the reason beath made an incorrect judgemnt, was that he didnt understand the offside rule fully.
              secondly our “indisciple” will cost us next game, not this one

      • Roar Guru

        tully101 said | 10:44pm | ! Report

        and the bloody commentators dont understand the rules? jezuz

      • 1:39am
        Nemesis said | 1:39am | ! Report

        I don’t follow either team but I applaud the symmetry of football.

        A few months ago, City scored a goal in an FFA Cup Semi Final when Tim Cahill was in an off side position and he ran in front of the Victory GK but he was judged to not be interfering with play because he didn’t touch the ball

        The City coach said “these things even out over the season”.

        It evened out tonight.r

        As they say in the classics: That’s Football.

    • 9:55pm
      AZ_RBB said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      That last half hour was some of the best television you’ll see. Brilliant stuff.

      I love our Derby but the Melb Derby does deliver nearly every time. Much respect.

    • 9:54pm
      hogdriller said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Goodness me, how many times do Muscat and Berisha have to grope n pash each other after a game?
      Go get a hotel room ffs!

    • 9:53pm
      Swanny said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      As a neutral. That was brilliant

      I love the. A league.


    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      Well City have just ruled themselves out of the title race for mine. They found themselves in another winning position but once again let a lead slip as the Victory overturned a deficit into a 2-1 win. Rojas was the man of the moment for mine in the second half. He always looked the most likely to open City up and he did just that to set up Berisha who equalised after having a penalty saved earlier. A dramatic second half to say the least also saw Cahill sent off for abusing the referee. Victory secure a great win that should kick start their season again. City meanwhile continue to underperform big time.

      Victory 2
      City 1

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