Melbourne Victory won a pulsating and controversial derby at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, scoring twice in the last six minutes to beat Melbourne City 2-1.
The deadlock was broken in the 70th minute with an own goal, after Neil Kilkenny’s shot was deflected in off Alan Baro, suffering a 1 goal deficit put Victory under pressure.
Victory equalised in the 84th minute after Marco Rojas twisted and turned inside the box to get past Osama Malik before squaring to Besart Berisha to side foot it home from six yards out.
But it wasn’t over, as one minute later Victory were ahead with a controversial goal that was initially flagged as offside. Jason Geria had found space in the box then squared the ball looking for Berisha who was offside. But as the ball deflected off Manny Muscat it was ruled it would stand as an own goal.
At this point following on from the Victory’s lead, Tim Cahill was preparing to enter the pitch, but riled by the decision approached referee Chris Beath, swearing and calling him a disgrace, for which he was issued a red card.
This means Cahill will serve a one-match ban preventing him from playing against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.
After the match Cahill took to his social media account to apologise.
“I want to address what happened in the derby on Saturday night. I sincerely apologise to Chris Beath for my reaction.
“My behaviour also hurt the game so I also apologise to my team, to Melbourne Victory and to all the fans at the game and watching at home.
“Regardless of whatever happens on the pitch, I have to respect the game and the officials.
“I want the game to grow in Australia and I want to do all I can to help that happen. No matter the situation, I have to set an example and be accountable for my words and actions.
“My job now is to focus totally on football and winning as many games as possible.”