Victory vanquish Adelaide 3-0

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    Melbourne Victory have revitalised their season, and sent a warning to the rest of the competition: the giant is waking.

    On a night when Besart Berisha shook off some ordinary form, and Melbourne jumped back into the top four race, Adelaide were again forced to look within, as their horrid disciplinary record came back to haunt them.

    The first half was evenly poised, though Victory seemed nervous.

    Such nerves were even evident in their opening goal, when Leroy George crossed in to find James Troisi, who moved the ball back seemingly towards Berisha. However, Berisha would not get a touch, and the ball instead continue into the goal, despite Taylor Regan’s efforts.

    From there, the night was Victory’s, as George again was involved in the second goal. However, this time, entirely on his own, as he scored with a free kick that should make highlight reels for years to come. Paul Izzo again exposed in the Reds goal from a set piece.

    Adelaide, at 2-nil down, would not have lost heart, having come back from the same deficit a week earlier, but still with all their players on the park.

    That would all change in the second half.

    In a match that had been bubbling below the surface all night, mostly though between Regan and Berisha, a clash between substitute Dzengis Cavusevic and Rhys Williams was an ultimately turning point. When Cavusevic laid a hand on Williams’ face, the defender went down, and the ref pulled out the red card.

    From there, Victory took hold of the match. George again sending the ball into the area, landing at the feet of Berisha, who finally had the ball in the net, and the game in Melbourne’s hands.

    Melbourne would spend the rest of the game banging on the door for a fourth, but to Adelaide’s credit, the score did not change.

    Melbourne will look to the next round with energy, as they get ready for the Melbourne Derby.

    Adelaide will need to look at their discipline. They have received five red cards this season, and their coaching staff were yellow carded again. Kurz might blame the officials as much for the result as anything, however they were still down 2 goals when Cavusevic was sent from the park.

    A thrilling and exciting contest, despite the result being clear early in the second half. Melbourne now can use this as a charge up the table, and take some confidence into the Asian Champions League fixtures to come.

    Melbourne Victory: 3
    Adelaide United: 0

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    • Roar Guru

      February 24th 2018 @ 10:42pm
      Grobbelaar said | February 24th 2018 @ 10:42pm | ! Report

      What a soft red card that is, Williams decides to go down about two seconds after being touched on the face.

      Having said that, Cavusevic then touches the ref while remonstrating, a big no no, and should probably cop an extra week off for that alone.

      • February 24th 2018 @ 11:47pm
        shirtpants said | February 24th 2018 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

        Agree it was soft and I dont know why we tolerate pushing but not a light touch of the face.

        Defintiely need to stamp out touching referees too, so an extra week would be fine by me.

      • Roar Guru

        February 25th 2018 @ 12:50pm
        That A-League Fan said | February 25th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

        As Marco Kurz says ‘it’s was 10 against 12’, including the referee. Shouldn’t have slapped Williams though, but I’m not 100% sure it was intentional. Either way, Williams shouldn’t have dived after it.

        • Roar Guru

          February 25th 2018 @ 1:03pm
          That A-League Fan said | February 25th 2018 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

          Speaking of which, there was an obvious foul on Blackwood on the lead up to the first Victory goal. It’s still a goal, but no one ever mentions it.

          • February 25th 2018 @ 2:21pm
            Nemesis said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

            Was this the obvious foul on Blackwood?

            The one where Rhys wins the ball without touching Blackwood?


            Do you know the Laws of the Game?

            • February 25th 2018 @ 2:24pm
              Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:24pm | ! Report


              • February 25th 2018 @ 2:31pm
                Nemesis said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

                That’s why you aren’t qualified to be a referee. Hope you’re qualified for your day job.

              • February 25th 2018 @ 3:08pm
                Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

                Thanks boss ??

            • February 26th 2018 @ 8:06am
              Realist said | February 26th 2018 @ 8:06am | ! Report

              You are aware that in the Laws of the Game, there is actually no mention about getting to the ball first when in reference to a foul?

              • February 27th 2018 @ 3:19pm
                Kris said | February 27th 2018 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

                The reference was actually removed but for 20 years we keep hearing from ‘expert’ commentators “he got the ball”.

    • February 25th 2018 @ 12:43am
      Nemesis said | February 25th 2018 @ 12:43am | ! Report

      Slap to the face is straight RED every league, every country. Initial elbow to Rhys Williams head, might have also been a RED. No one can suggest that elbow is natural to balance. Same elbow to head, same spot, same victim …vs SydFC. Adrian should have been sent off or got 2nd YC

      • February 25th 2018 @ 7:36am
        Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 7:36am | ! Report

        Not questioning the red card , Williams embarrassed the game of football with that dive .

        All in all , it’s good to see victory put it together, looking forward to the Melbourne Derby next week. I reckon city are toast .

      • February 25th 2018 @ 10:29am
        LuckyEddie said | February 25th 2018 @ 10:29am | ! Report

        What a load of rubbish. He took a dive and every sports fan in the World will be shaking their heads and laughing at what a pathetic game it is becoming. No doubt this will lead to a further drop in the crowds so well done for supporting the demise of a great game.

        • Roar Guru

          February 25th 2018 @ 1:00pm
          That A-League Fan said | February 25th 2018 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

          Mate, the A-League is in a crisis. I bet Kevin Muscat has got something to do with it.

          • February 25th 2018 @ 2:21pm
            Kanga champness said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

            A league fan

            Hyperbole much kenny
            You’re over reacting as bad as Williams did

            For a football comp in crisis . I saw some terrific games again this weekend

            You obviously have no idea what the nil was like .

            • February 25th 2018 @ 3:18pm
              Fadida said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

              Agree Kanga. It’s also laughable to suggest that people won’t go to games because Williams was theatrical

              • Roar Guru

                February 25th 2018 @ 4:57pm
                That A-League Fan said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:57pm | ! Report

                wasn’t talking about Williams mate. Talking about the A-League in general.

              • February 25th 2018 @ 5:20pm
                Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 5:20pm | ! Report


                The A league is far from perfect , but it is better then 13 years ago .

                Comparing A league to other sports like Afl is not very relevant most of the time …
                For instance…. just say the A league has the 15 th best attendance figures in world football ( correct me if I’m wrong). … I’ve played afl in the 15 th best Comp in the world ..and we had about 50-100 people watch us play ,,, the A league averages 11000

                Too many people worry abt the A league compared to Aussie rules , the only thing we can learn from Aussie rules is not to make the mistakes they made with gws and Gold Coast suns .

                Rugby league is a better example of generational growth in attendance and participation in Australia. The first 20 years were the hardest ,when rugby league broke away from rugby union in 1908, but over the next century, each generation was more successful for league …..

                The next A league generation will have multiple divisions without a salary cap with promotion and relegation and participation numbers that will generate eventual world class players from within Australia.

    • February 25th 2018 @ 10:26am
      LuckyEddie said | February 25th 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

      No doubt the ‘Main Stream Media” will have a field day with the disgusting pathetic Williams dive. Another major setback in trying to get HAL main stream with the public. Football will be ridiculed to death over this and they deserve it.

      The FFA of course will do sweet FA as usual. For two reasons one they are to busy making plans for them, the family and assorted hangers for the Russian WC junket. The other reason is that once the Russia party is over Gallop and a few others will move on, because we have a sport run by people who do not love football. Their only ‘passion’ is the big pay packet and the overseas junkets.

      Has football really got to the stage that we have to watch grown men taking pathetic dives, cynical and constant fouls and brain numbing time wasting? The other tragedy is the commentators like Slater who believe that any ‘contact’ should be a red card!

      • February 25th 2018 @ 2:34pm
        Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

        At least it will get some mainstream media

        Sometimes any news is good news .

        The nrl has bigger off field issues then a stupid dive by Williams, but the nrl media thrive on the embarrassing stuff . Maybe the A league could beat some publicity from this Williams
        W w f fiasco

    • February 25th 2018 @ 11:13am
      Brainstrust said | February 25th 2018 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      It wasn’t a red it was a yellow level slap.
      Rhys Williams delayed semi dive is a result of Muscat’s coaching.
      However he failed to go to ground, clutch his head and scream in agony so not full marks there.
      The problem with Muscat is he seems to be asleep to the house of cards falling around him, with what should be a squad to compete with the best.
      Whats happening with Troisi is a mystery, doesn;t seem half the player that he used to be he should be in his prime.
      Berisha you can partially put it down to pre mature aging, he now looks more like a 35 year old than a 32, the speed and work rate has dropped off dramatically.
      Adelaide are a poor squad with a terrible finisher in Blackwood, but they are super fit and would run over teams at the end of matches if they didn;t get players sent off.

      • February 25th 2018 @ 12:29pm
        LuckyEddie said | February 25th 2018 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

        Yes b-grade acting and coaching and another nail in the coffin for HAL crowds. I mean why would anyone pay good money, in an era of high energy costs and stagnating wages, to watch this rubbish. Muscat of course used to litterally break legs and he ends up running a Hal team.

        Sad joke all round.

        Any comment out of Russia from the FFA. Have Russia and the FFA colluded to destroy HAL?Does Gallop work for the globalists in trying to destroy HAL and what do Turnbull and ASIO know about the collusion. WHY do the media, FOX and FFA want to destroy HAL?

        • February 25th 2018 @ 3:37pm
          Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:37pm | ! Report


          Why would fox want to destroy the A league?

      • February 25th 2018 @ 2:36pm
        Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

        Blackwood lacks the composure to score simple goals .
        Adelaide would be 3-4 wins better off if they had better striker then Blackwood.

    • Roar Guru

      February 25th 2018 @ 11:27am
      Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      It’s simple: red card for slapping. It’s just embarrassing in any men’s elite sport. At the very minimum, throw a proper punch, especially if you’re going to be sent off for something so pathetic anyway.

      What’s more embarrassing is the manner in which Williams went down. Personally, I’d have red card him also. However, that’s not within the current rules.

      Furthermore, he should be given a 6 match (minimum) suspension for touching the ref. I’m tired of players feeling up them up — go to Kings Cross if you want this type of action. It must be removed

      The ref should also receive a red card for being sucked into the simulation and not giving Williams a yellow card at a minimum. He should never be allowed to ref again. Soft, gull!ble refs have no place in Australian sport.

      Employ the FA’s new retrospective banning of players found guilty of simulation.

      Our country is very different to England though. I understand many foreigners in our country find this behaviour acceptable in sport. Unfortunately, most Australias don’t — just one of the many reasons why this game fails commercially at the elite level.

      It must be made clear to all: simulation will not be tolerated. 10 match banning minimum if found guilty of such a shameful act.

      • February 25th 2018 @ 12:23pm
        Waz said | February 25th 2018 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

        “just one of the many reasons why this game fails commercially at the elite level“ …. err, only it’s NOT failing commercially at an Elite level lol.

        The game generates $75m-$80m per year. That is a commercial success. And that’s before you add on the individual clubs commercial activities which is likely another $120m+ between the ten of them.

        Don’t confuse the FFAs control and inadequate distribution of cash as lack of commercial success.

        • Roar Guru

          February 25th 2018 @ 1:50pm
          Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

          “The game generates $75m-$80m per year. That is a commercial success. And that’s before you add on the individual clubs commercial activities which is likely another $120m+ between the ten of them.”

          Your definition of commercial success and mine differ greatly.

          Football is by far the biggest sport in the world revenue-wise, especially at the elite level. The World Cup is the biggest singular sporting event period!

          Australia is one of the richest nations per capita in the world with an economy surpassing the likes of Spain — a footballing powerhouse.

          Football in this country has been around at the elite level far longer than the A-League, yet it continues to be an embarrassment both at a governance level and commercially.

          Those figures you speak of are deplorable considering the product being sold in such a wealthy nation. I will say though, it does show the strength of the other codes to keep such a giant at bay.

          Make no mistake though: your standards and expectations, are once again, just one of the many reasons why this game continues to be an embarrassment at the elite level. It’s not nearly good enough this type of thinking.

          I’ll get around to writing (in the offseason) how the likes of the WSW can help bridge the gap and not only be a powerhouse within the A-League, but how it can become the most powerful sporting entity in this country and Asia.

          This very principle is fundamental to how I believe the A-League can become the biggest sporting competition in Australia, surpassing the likes of the NRL and the all-conquering AFL.

          I don’t live in a world that accepts mediocrity like most here.

          • February 25th 2018 @ 2:42pm
            Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:42pm | ! Report


            U bring up Spain
            Do some research into Real Madrid

            … and how they have been bankrolled by the previous fascist governments until more recent democratic times for Spain .

            Do Barcelona fc , have the financial backing of the pro Catalan govt .. i think you should look into that too .

            So using Spain as your example. I think the Australian government should bankroll the Newcastle Jets for 500 million a year . We will start by buying Lionel Messi and future superstars.

            Once the Newcastle Jets are the world club champions, the federal govt and tax payers can stop bankrolling the Jets .

            Find a better example than Spain for your capitalist arguments.

            Enjoy the derby tonight

            • Roar Guru

              February 25th 2018 @ 2:59pm
              Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

              I think you’ll find I feel the exact opposite of Spain.

              Many times have I made it clear just how pathetic Spain is, along with the bankrolling of Real & Co. In fact, I’d almost guess you have copied exactly what I’ve said in the past about them.

              The reason I mentioned Spain is simple:

              1. We have just surpassed their economy; and
              2. We have roughly half their population — how pathetic!

              Now if an embarrassing country like Spain can have one of the most powerful elite footballing competitions in the world, we should have no issues (with or without government ‘subsidies’).

              • February 25th 2018 @ 3:14pm
                Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:14pm | ! Report


                I don’t even know how to copy and paste

                Spanish and Catalan kids grow up with football. Australian kids grow up with a multitude of sporting options

                It’s quite possible that Australia has elite soccer players who chose to play other spirts from a young age . Foot eye conordination for starters , thousands of hours practice, then the lucky break is getting the opportunity to make a living out of the sport

                And don’t u think Madrid and Barcelona are making most of their wealth outside of Spain nowadays ,, world economies and all that .

              • Roar Guru

                February 25th 2018 @ 3:54pm
                Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

                I think you’ve just made my point.

                Your problem though is simple (and evident in your writing): you lack the ability to understand why kids play multiple sports.

                The AFL offers greater opportunity due to greater wealth at the elite level.

                The FFA needs to cut the head off the snake.

                The AFL needs to cut the legs from under the beast.

                When you understand that, you’ll be worthy enough of my time to engage in this further.

                BTW — AFLX is designed for one purpose only: destroy football at its grassroots. Cut the beast’s legs off! You s@ckers keep believing it’s about overseas expansion, but it will be at your own peril.

              • February 25th 2018 @ 4:46pm
                Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

                Thanks for trying to explsin my intelligence rick

                Love Your faux academic manner “”,,because I’m simple “ ., I’m glad a got me a edumacation when I was a youngster.

                We can’t all be rocket surgeons rick .
                I just have to complete my post grad in self righteousness and I’ll be able to relate to on your level about the Spanish civil war and modern European football economies.

                Good day to you sir

      • February 25th 2018 @ 12:32pm
        LuckyEddie said | February 25th 2018 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        The FFA do sweet FA. To busy with the travel plans to Russia to worry about HAL dying. First things first – THEM.

      • February 25th 2018 @ 2:25pm
        Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report


        Joel Selwood

        • Roar Guru

          February 25th 2018 @ 3:03pm
          Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

          Joel Selwood is one of the most respected players in the AFL.

          He’s been named AA captain numerous times and named the most courageous captain at the AFL MVP awards by his own peers, no less, on two occasions. Most would disagree with your assessment of the man.

          Perhaps you should take your own advice and choose a better example next time.

          When your Kangaroos are kicked out of the AFL, feel welcome to support a real football team in the Cats. 🙂

          • February 25th 2018 @ 3:35pm
            Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

            Joel Selwood is a great player . Very tough ball winning midfielder , but

            As you know , Selwood is called duck wood, because he simulated high contact by ducking his knees to win free kicks

            See the link ., players in all codes will exaggerate high contact to win free kicks
            I don’t condone it by the way

            Don’t mind the cats , but it’s ironic that you support a regional team when you have said regional teams would not be significantl in the A league

            When wsw doesn’t make the grand Final ,,feel free to jump on the Newcastle bandwagon ??

          • February 25th 2018 @ 3:40pm
            Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:40pm | ! Report


            D u c k. Wood Is Joel S.

            Simulation to win a free kick

            You know it

            • Roar Guru

              February 25th 2018 @ 4:07pm
              Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

              Kangajet’s argument: “you know it”.

              Rick’s argument: 4 x MVP Most Courageous Player award, 3 x AA Captain, 6 x AA player, 3 x Premiership player.

            • Roar Guru

              February 25th 2018 @ 4:09pm
              Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

              Kangajet’s argument: “you know it”.

              Rick’s argument: 4 x MVP Most Courageous Player award, 3 x AA Captain, 6 x AA player, 3 x Premiership player.

              • February 25th 2018 @ 4:50pm
                Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

                I’ve played against many a top afl level player . I too know how to drop the knees and win a free

      • February 25th 2018 @ 3:22pm
        Fadida said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

        I love how people like Rick, fed on the raw meat of real men’s sports, is more offended by someone simulating contact than someone actually punching another player

        • February 25th 2018 @ 3:43pm
          Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

          Rick is all revved up from the non contact Ozzir rules Xxx last week

          No x on this weekend ,, but the E league might suit rick .

        • Roar Guru

          February 25th 2018 @ 3:44pm
          Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

          I’m not offended at all. If you’re going to entice a red card, you may as well make it worth it. Like I said: it’s embarrassing and one of the many reasons football fails in this country at the elite level.

          You can either accept this or continue reading the dozens of articles written weekly, on this very forum, asking why the A-League stinks commercially.

          • February 25th 2018 @ 4:52pm
            Kangajets said | February 25th 2018 @ 4:52pm | ! Report


            Why so serious today ??

          • February 25th 2018 @ 5:02pm
            Fadida said | February 25th 2018 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

            As I said, you’d rather sometime be punched than stimulate. Very Australian. Crowds at native sports love onfield fights but believe simulation puts people off the sport (the rest of the world aren’t put off). Much more acceptable to throw a punch apparently

            • Roar Guru

              February 25th 2018 @ 5:20pm
              Rick Disnick said | February 25th 2018 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

              “but believe simulation puts people off the sport (the rest of the world aren’t put off)”

              The FA doesn’t agree with you there, Fadida.

              You make the fatal mistake of believing the status quo is eternal.

              Football would be wise to not rest on its laurels.

              • February 25th 2018 @ 8:04pm
                Fadida said | February 25th 2018 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

                Why? Is AFLX coming to take over the world?

                A sport with a “Most Courageous Award”?

      • Roar Rookie

        February 26th 2018 @ 11:01am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | February 26th 2018 @ 11:01am | ! Report

        Players touch the ref EVERY week! That was also a simple overreaction from an inexperienced (and inappropriate) official!

    • Roar Guru

      February 25th 2018 @ 1:00pm
      That A-League Fan said | February 25th 2018 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

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