Victory Defeat City 2-1 In Melbourne Derby

Victory defeated City 2-1 in the Melbourne derby last Friday night at AAMI Park, to climb within a point of third placed City on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

Victory have now won four of the last five Melbourne Derby matches, but this match had been billed as ‘The Decider’ following a win each from both teams this current season.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat was pleased with the results in such an important match.

“There was a lot riding on this one. One apiece throughout the season and I thought it was a well-deserved win as well,” he told Fox Sports.

During the first minute of the game, Berisha Bararouses strike for Victory was ruled out by the VAR, however he found the bottom corner of the net once again in the 12th minute to give his side the opener.

“We went at them again and got that [opening] goal. I thought we defended very well,” Muscat said of the goal.

“But we weren’t satisfied [at 1-1] and went out and got an excellent second goal,” he said.

“We defended resiliently and showed a lot of fight and spirit to hold on.

“Everyone will say ‘why drop so deep’ and it’s because they had nine men in our box and we have to pick them up and defend well.”

Bruno Fornaroli who made a return for City scored his first A-League goal in almost 12 months to equalise in the 53rd minute, after Broxham handled the ball and City were awarded a penalty.

It left Leroy George to head home the winner after an excellent cross from Broxham saw George get behind the City defence and head down and into the net in the 61st minute. The winger has now been directly involved in four goals across his last two appearances for Victory.