The Melbourne Victory were hoping to send Ange Postecoglou off against Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar on Friday night at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. After this match, the Victory would hand the managerial reigns over to Kevin Muscat. The Victory would go on to prevail, 1-0. 21,693 were in attendance to watch this one unfold.
“It would be fair to say that compensation was certainly a component of our discussions with the FFA, but it would be wrong (to say) that that was the only element in which we discussed things,” Victory chief excutive Ian Robson told ABC Grandstand radio. “Two games into the season, there’s a Socceroos friendly confirmed against Costa Rica in a few weeks’ time and then they’ve got a break until March.
“We were trying to explore any possible hybrid scenarios that could see Ange stay with us and go off and do some Australian duties. A whole range of things were explored. It was just the reality of the circumstance that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore, contemplate and reflect on those things.”
5.Mark MILLIGAN (c)
24. Scott GALLOWAY
25. Jason GERIA
Two to be omitted
2.Matthew SMITH (c)
One to be omitted
Kick-Off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Ben Williams
Last Time: Brisbane 1-1 Melbourne Victory
History: Victory 10, Brisbane 8, Drawn 6
Betting: $2.62 Melbourne Victory, $3.35 Draw, $2.60 Brisbane
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE)
Kosta Barbarouses earned the nod to be slotted alongside Archie Thompson up top. Meanwhile, young gun Kwame Yeboah took over for Besart Berisha in the Roar attack, aiming to impress. Early on in the first half, Thompson was called offsides in the second minute, but the Victory were threatening. Another sequence from Melbourne a minute later from Mitch Nichols was smothered by Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo.
The next few minutes were a ball possession battle, dominated by the visitors. A corner in the eighth minute for the Victory fizzled out. In the 10th minute Brisbane had a chance off a corner, but the Victory were able to eventually clear after an aerial sequence. A shot from Nichols in the 13th minute lacked pace and was collected by Theo. Nichols again was involved in another sequence seconds later that was wasted.
In the 17th minute, Nichols looked for young gun James Troisi but the communication wasn’t there. Roar defender Shane Steffanuto denied a chance off the failed corner in the 19th minute by Barbarouses. A couple of counterattacks, one by each team, went south. Brisbane’s Liam Miller got involved in the 22nd minute to break up a sequence for Melbourne. A shot from Yeboan in the 24th minute was collected by Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe.
A chance from Nichols to Barbarouses in the 26th minute was skied by the New Zealand international. Another long ball from Nichols to thompson in the 28th minute had too much pace. Miller was involved in breaking up another opportunity in the 31st minute of play. A shot from Mark Milligan in the 32nd minute was headed away by Yeboah. In the 35th minute, Jade North cleared another corner by Troisi. Troisi was involved in the 36th minute but was double-marked.
Later in the first half, the Roar were building up some sequences. Ivan Franjic earned a yellow in the 37th minute for delaying a restart. Barbarouses again left an opportunity wanting in the 39th minute of play. Jack Hingert tested Coe in the 39th minute but was denied.
A header by Thomas Broich in the 41st minute was headed out and over the bar. A chance for Yeboah in the 42nd minute was collected by Coe. In the 43rd minute, Coe made another save. After another corner from the Roar that was cleared by Jason Geria, the first half ended scoreless.
The second half was due to have a goal or two, and off the run of play, the Victory had a chance to open up the match but Barbarouses didn’t do better with the ball in the 46th minute. Miller took too much time to pull the trigger in the 48th minute of play. A shot by Nichols lacked pace in the 49th minute. Brisbane midfielder Luke Brattan, who had a solid game for the Roar, injured his knee in the 50th minute and had to be subbed.
Milligan was cautioned in the 55th minute for fouling Thomas Broich on a duel. Dimitri Petratos, a substitute for the Roar, nearly capitalized in the 56th minute. Troisi broke open the deadlock on a breakaway chance in the 57th minute. He shot that from a tight angle in the attacking third to make it 1-0 Melbourne. The Victory almost made it 2-0 but Theo was on notice. Stefanutto was cautioned in the 58th minute for delaying a restart.
Nichols had another chance to make it 2-0, but Theo was there to make the save. Franjic had a shot on goal in the 61st minute, forcing Coe to make a save. Thompson forced another save by Theo in the 64th minute. Gui Finkler came off the bench in the 66th minute to relieve Troisi and perhaps add a little more kick to the match. One minute later, Roar trigger man Henrique was activated to relieve Miller, who came up gimpy.
Referee Ben Williams elected to call a tight ship at this point in the contest. In the 70th minute, Brisbane had another opportunity to equalize, but Steffanuto was offsides. Theo was given a yellow in the 71st minute for dissent. Hingert was cautioned in the 73rd minute for a challenge on Barbarouses. Nick Ansell made a sweeping clearance in the 74th minute, but Brisbane continued to press.
Henrique had a look in the 75th minute but was denied by Leijer. The Roar were hoping that drawing numbers forward would eventually pay off. A shot from Jason Geria in the 80th minute was skied high and over. Coe denied Henrique in a minute later with a sweeping collection. Connor Pain, off the bench, saw his first shot in the 83rd minute get swallowed up.
Scott Galloway came in for Geria in the 85th minute to bring in some fresh bodies. Franjic had another opportunity in the first minute of stoppage time but it was deflected for a corner. Galloway tried his luck in the same minute but it was a poor attempt. Broich had a look on goal in the third minute of stoppage time but it went high and over, summing up the night for the Roar.
|Melb Victory||Match Completed||Brisbane|
|0||HALF TIME SCORE||0|
|5||SHOTS ON GOAL||5|
The home stand continues for the Victory on Nov. 4 against Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT and will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and BT Sport.