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View from the Melbourne Victory: October 18, 2013


Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory were looking to produce goals this weekend when they traveled to Coopers Stadium in Adelaide against Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United. The Victory would be without Pablo Contreras for the next two games due to suspension for an incident that occured in the 54th minute of play against Melbourne Heart last weekend at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-off: 7.00pm local (7:30pm AEDT)
Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Toth
Fourth Official: Rick Schnieder

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1. Nathan COE (GK), 3. Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5. Mark MILLIGAN (c) 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 7. Gui FINKLER, 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10. Archie THOMPSON, 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 14. James TROISI, 15. Mitch NICHOLS, 16. Rashid MAHAZI, 17. Jimmy JEGGO, 20. Lawrence THOMAS, 23. Adrian LEIJER, 24, Scott GALLOWAY. 25, Jason GERIA (two to be omitted)

Ins: 5. Mark MILLIGAN, 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES (return from international duty)
Outs: 2. Pablo CONTRERAS (suspended – 2 games)
Unavailable: 2. Pablo CONTRERAS (suspended – 2 games)

“It was a difficult game to play in, we never really got a rhythm going and that made it tough for us,” defender Adrian Leijer told MelbourneVictory.com.au regarding their match with Heart. “I wouldn’t say it was more intense than any other Derby. We know what to expect from Derbies now. They set up with a pretty structured game plan and it was our job to break it down and we didn’t achieve that, but that’s something we can work on and something we can get better at.”

In the end, the Victory were able to only secure another draw, this time a 2-2 draw with Adelaide. After Sergio Cirio Olivares (23′) and Jeronimo Neumann (26′) put the Reds ahead 2-0, Gui Finkler (79′) and James Troisi (90′ + 3′) rallied back to salvage a hard-fought draw.

Adelaide Match Completed Melb Victory
2 FINAL SCORE 2
2 HALF TIME SCORE 0
10 SHOTS 17
4 SHOTS ON GOAL 8
11 FOULS 9
8 CORNERS 6
1 OFFSIDES 11
49 POSSESSION 51

12′ YELLOW CARD – Adama Traore (Melb Victory)
21′ YELLOW CARD – Mitch Nichols (Melb Victory)
22′ YELLOW CARD – Michael Zullo (Adelaide)
23′ GOAL (PENALTY) – Sergio Cirio Olivares (Adelaide)
26′ GOAL – Jerónimo Morales Neumann (Adelaide)
32′ YELLOW CARD – Leigh Broxham (Melb Victory)
79′ GOAL – Guilherme Finkler (Melb Victory)
80′ YELLOW CARD – Fábio Miguel Lourenço Ferreira (Adelaide)
89′ YELLOW CARD – Jerónimo Morales Neumann (Adelaide)
90 + 3′ GOAL – James Troisi (Melb Victory)

Up next for Melbourne Victory is a match with Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Oct. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEST and will be televised locally by FOX Sports 1.

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