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Controversy reigns in pulsating Derby draw

Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

Bruno Fornaroli scored a double for City, while Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Guilherme Finkler made the scoresheet for the Victory.

Socceroo Alex Wilkinson made his Melbourne City debut, while Fahid Ben Khalfallah returned to the Melbourne Victory lineup from suspension.

There were yellow cards aplenty in the opening fifteen minutes of the match, which signalled the fiery nature of the Melbourne Derby that was to come.

Ben Garuccio had an early chance for the hosts in the 16th minute, however Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic had the opportunity covered.

Guilherme Finkler had Melbourne Victory’s first major chance of the match in the 19th minute, however the Brazilian fired his shot over the bar.

Melbourne City scored the first goal of the match in the 21st minute in a goal that will be shown on the highlight reel for years to come. Bruno Fornaroli, who provided a rabona to start the counter attack, managed to find his way forward and chipped the ball to beat Danny Vukovic, from an assist by Aaron Mooy.

Melbourne Victory equalised in the 27th minute through Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who placed a well hit shot from outside the box. Thomas Sorensen thought he had saved a dangerous attack from Kosta Barbarouses, however Ben Khalfallah ensured the Victory made the most of their chance.

From the resulting kick off, Bruno Fornaroli put the hosts up again with a header from an Aaron Mooy free kick. The goal added to the entertaining match, which made for pleasing viewing.

Shortly after the commencement of the second half in the 46th minute, Melbourne Victory equalised yet again through Guilherme Finkler, who put the ball past Melbourne City goalkeeper Sorensen. The goal put the Victory back in the game and set up a thrilling finish.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah almost put the Victory in front in the 49th minute, however Sorensen took care of the powerful shot.

Guilherme Finkler’s free kick in the 54th minute caused controversy as replays showed the ball crossed the line as it hit the ground from the crossbar. The moment angered Victory fans, however the lack of goal line technology did not make it possible to review.

Anthony Caceres blasted a powerful shot in the 74th minute, however Victory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic managed to catch the ball in his chest.

Four minutes later, Caceres picked up his second yellow card of the match, which left City with ten men for the remainder of the match.

Guilherme Finkler had another shot in the 87th minute, however it went wide to the left.

Despite no other goals for the match, this encounter did not fail to entertain, which pleased the neutral viewer.

Melbourne City now look forward to their home encounter against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday afternoon, while Melbourne Victory host rivals Adelaide United on Friday night.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
2 Gui Finkler (Melbourne Victory)
1 Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Melbourne Victory)

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