Fornaroli brace sees City triumph over Glory
Melbourne City have progressed to the A-League semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park.
Bruno Fornaroli scored the two goals for City, both of which are contenders for goal of the season, with his bicycle kick shortly before the break the stand-out.
The hosts made four changes, including Ivan Franjic who missed with an injury and Harry Novillo who missed through suspension. Diego Castro and Chris Harold returned for the visitors.
Perth’s first major chance of the match occurred in the 12th minute, after Josh Risdon provided an awkward cross that forced Melbourne City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to make a diving save.
Melbourne City came close two minutes later, after Aaron Mooy fired his free-kick into Perth goalkeeper Ante Covic.
Melbourne City thought they scored in the 17th minute when Bruno Fornaroli shot past Covic, however replays showed an offside interference by Nick Fitzgerald.
In the 39th minute, Melbourne City opened the scoring through Bruno Fornaroli, who yet again put in a contender for goal of the season. Fornaroli managed to fly and his bicycle-kick beat a standing Ante Covic, which sent the home fans into a frenzy. The goal will likely be replayed for seasons to come.
Perth had an excellent chance to equalise shortly after the break, however Gyorgy Sandor fired wide.
Andy Keogh nearly pulled one back for the Glory in the 59th minute, however his deflected shot went just wide.
In the 66th minute, Aaron Mooy’s curling shot from outside the box went just over the crossbar.
Bruno Fornaroli’s header in the 70th minute could only make the side netting.
City came close again in the 74th minute when Aaron Mooy fired his free-kick into a diving Ante Covic.
A minute later, Bruno Fornaroli made the highlight reel yet again with his stunning free-kick. Fornaroli managed to curl his free-kick past a flying Ante Covic and gave the hosts a comfortable two-goal lead. The goal summed up Fornaroli’s season, which has been full of highlights.
Fornaroli flicked on a header from an Aaron Mooy free-kick in the 83rd minute, however Covic prevented the chance.
Shortly after, Marc Marino had another chance for City, however he could not beat goalkeeper Covic.
Perth came close to scoring in the 87th minute, when Nebojsa Marinkovic blasted a shot from outside the box just wide of the goal.
Melbourne City now look forward to their semi-final clash against Adelaide United next Friday night at Coopers Stadium. Perth Glory are now eliminated, however their outstanding form in the second half of the season will give them confidence heading into the 2016/17 season.