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City undone by rampant Reds

Adelaide United has comfortably beaten Melbourne City 4-1 at Coopers Stadium tonight.

The game was arguably one of the most eventful of the season, producing five goals, including two penalties, four yellow cards and two red cards.

The win sees United move to fourth on the table, and ensures they enter the finals in top form.

Adelaide began the game in complete control of possession, starving Melbourne City of the ball.

The Reds had five corners in the opening 15 minutes, but failed to score, as has been the case for much of the season, with the Reds only scoring one goal from 180 corners this season.

On 19 minutes, Adelaide opened the scoring through a beautiful passage of play that ended with a classy finish from Miguel Palanca. Pablo Sanchez streamed towards the penalty area before passing to Palanca on a tight angle, who expertly finished passed Velaphi.

The goal was just reward for an extremely dominant opening from the home team.

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Goal19′ M.PalancaGoal23′ P.Sanchez AlbertoYellow Card29′ M.PalancaGoal33′ T.ElrichYellow Card35′ D.McGowanPenalty59′ C.Watson (Pen)Yellow Card60′ O.MalikRed Card70′ M.Marrone

Melb. City

Penalty65′ A.Mooy (Pen)
Red Card66′ K.JaliensYellow Card77′ J.Hoffman

The Reds then doubled the lead less than five minutes later through Pablo Sanchez. Adelaide displayed a perfectly executed counter-attacking move, streaming from one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye. Cirio received the ball just inside the area before his shot was saved by Velaphi, but the parried ball then fell to Sanchez who blasted home past the helpless Melbourne City keeper.

Socceroo Tarek Elrich then produced a contender for goal of the year to make it 3-0 for the home side. Elrich took possession of the ball on the halfway line, before beating two defenders en route to the penalty area, then beating one more inside the area and finishing smartly between the legs of Velaphi.

Melbourne were struggling to contain the likes of Cirio, Sanchez and Goodwin through the middle of the park, as Adelaide linked up with poise and class.

Despite the dominant score line, the first half was highly enthralling as Adelaide’s attacking game plan made for a very open game, which resulted in countless chances for.

City showed improvement in the second half, making more inroads into the Adelaide defence than the first half. Melbourne had five shots on the Adelaide goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half; a stark contrast to how they had struggled to get near the penalty area at the beginning of the first half.

However, Adelaide inflicted further pain on Melbourne City scoring a fourth in the 59th minute. Craig Goodwin was brought down by Jonatan Germano in the penalty are,a and Cameron Watson stepped up to score his first A-League goal in 105 appearances.

City finally got a goal back through a penalty of their own shortly after. Aaron Mooy was brought down from behind by Bruce Kamau, with the Socceroo then calmly scoring his own spot kick to make it 4-1.

Kew Jaliens then made the prospect of a comeback go from improbable to impossible, as he was sent off for a last man challenge on Goodwin.

In another dramatic turn of events, Adelaide defender Michael Marrone was also given a straight red card minutes later, after bringing down Erik Paartalu with a studs up sliding challenge.

Despite the ten-vs-ten scenario, the last half hour didn’t produce any goals, with the score remaining 4-1 at the final whistle.

Melbourne were perhaps the better side of the second half, creating more chances than the home side. However the damage was done early on in this game, with Adelaide putting City to the sword in the opening half hour of the match.

About the author

avatarBen is a Journalism graduate, a Melbourne Victory fan and contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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  • timtamtom

    That’s the Reds that I’ve missed. Bring on the finals.