Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Australia: New boys show Heart and gain Victory (+video)

Posted in Asian Football, Oceania Football by peterbein on October 8, 2010

The Hyundai A-League saw its first major derby match between the two clubs in the second city of Melbourne today. Melbourne Victory may have been one of the big boys since the A-League’s inception in 2005 but they haven’t shown any of their usual dominance in the current season. Their opponents Melbourne Heart are the league’s newest expansion team and have shown signs that they could be a play-off team in their inaugural season. Before the game the Heart were three points behind their more illustrious neighbours and were hoping to record a third win of the season and join the Victory on eleven points.

The game was played in front of a healthy 25,000 crowd at the AAMI Park stadium which plays hosts to both teams on a weekly basis. The Heart got things under way and within ten minutes they were celebrating the lead after John Aloisi, an arch-nemesis to the Victory in his days as a Sydney FC player, gave the new boys the lead after he headed home from an Alex Terra cross. The lead lasted for most of the first half but Robbie Kruse was on hand to restore parity for the Victory with 37 minutes played after he latched on to a quickly taken free-kick from Kevin Muscat. The game was tied at the half-time break but it didn’t take long for the Heart to restore the lead in the second half. Just ten minutes after the re-start Alex Terra got on the score sheet with a nicely taken shot at the far post following a dangerous cross from Rutger Worm. The Heart were cruising until the 74th minute after Aziz Behich was sent-off having been shown a second yellow card following a tackle on Kruse and the Heart were then forced to defend the lead. The new boys did just that and managed to upset the odds, the Victory now having gone four consecutive matches without one.

Two-time champions Victory are still in sixth place in the standings on eleven points and remain above the Heart, who are now equal on eleven points, by virtue of goal difference although the Heart do have a game in hand.



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