Brisbane Roar returned to their clinical best on Friday night as they defeated Melbourne Victory 2-1 at AAMI Park.
In a match that saw the Victory dominate possession, 64.8% to the Roar’s 35.2%, Melbourne’s penetration towards goal and their inability to take their chances in front of goals was the main talking point from the game.
Goals to Massimo Maccarone and Brett Holman ensured that John Aloisi’s men returned to winning ways. Brisbane were at their efficient best, registering six shots, with three on target and two resulting in goals.
Victory, were the complete opposite. Even though they had twice as many passes then the Roar, whilst also having nine more shots, only 20% of their shots were on target, with only a James Troisi screamer, ensuring that the Victory got onto the score sheet.
After the game, Victory coach Kevin Muscat labelled their performance as unacceptable.
“The first half was unacceptable. It was like we didn’t turn up,” Muscat told Fox Sports.
“Individually and collectively we’ve got to take responsibility for that because it’s simply not good enough.”
Victory will be looking to bounce back in their opening Asian Champions League game on Tuesday night, at AAMI park.
Melbourne City 0 – 4 Sydney FC
Sydney FC ensured that City’s undefeated streak ended at six with a comprehensive 4-0 win on Saturday night.
With City looking the better side in the first 30 minutes, with Daniel Arzani coming close on several occasions, the match was swung into Sydney’s favour, when City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis brought down Alex Brosque in the box, allowing Bobo to score his 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot.
After City switched off right before the half to allowing Milos Ninkovic to score just before the break, City never recovered. Goals to Bobo, who became the first player to score 20 goals in 20 games, and Adrian Mierzejewski in the second half put the game to bed as Sydney continued to ease their way to a second consecutive Premiers Plate.
City, who have the week off next week, will be boosted by the return of star striker Bruno Fornaroli, who managed to play 30 minutes against Sydney
Western Sydney Wanderers smashed Wellington Phoenix 4-0 in their rescheduled clash from round seven.
New signing and World Cup hopeful Chris Ikonomidis, put in a man of the match performance as he was able to open up a hapless Wellington defense.
Goals to Oriol Riera, Michael Thwaite, Chris Ikonomidis and Josh Sotirio ensured that Wellington remained at the foot of the table and the Wanderers remained three points clear of the Roar with one game in hand.
In a one sided affair, the Wanderers were able to register 33 shots to five, with 11 on target to a dismal one on target for the Phoenix.