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A-League: Melbourne Victory Can’t Stop Rocking Against Adelaide United

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Besart Berisha of the Victory rects with fans after the round 14 A-League match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
A-League: Melbourne Victory Can’t Stop Rocking Against Adelaide United

Original Rivalry, you say? More like Original One-Sided Clinic for Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory Football Club, who were clinical, precise, and most importantly, professional in their 2-0 shutout win over Guillermo Amor’s Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia. James Troisi (22′) and Besart Berisha (68′) delivered the goods for the Melbourne in a heated contest that saw 10 yellow cards issued, five to both sides.

“It was a hard game. We were just good enough to come out on top,” Valeri told Fox Sports. “The thing I like about Victory at the moment is we can differ between the two – we can work hard and grind it out, but also turn it on and play quality football which helps in games like this. We’ve got a lot of quality in our team. Our aim is to perform every week, and we’re getting better. Week in, week out we’re working harder and harder. We’ve just got to focus on the next game and that’s as far as we can look.”

“When does a team become another’s bunny?” Fox Sports’s Andy Harper said. “For all Adelaide’s enterprising play, they just cannot beat Melbourne Victory.”

“The positive is they’re actually taking the game to Victory… they are looking to run at the Melbourne Victory defence,” Mark Rudan said on Fox Sports’ Matchday Saturday. “It shows there’s some confidence.”

The stats are extremely misleading: Adelaide dominated Melbourne in a number of categories, including total shots (16 to eight), shots on target (five to four), blocked shots (five to one), shots from outside the box (eight to three) and shots from inside the box (eight to five).

Ultimately, the match went down to shot accuracy, and Melbourne Victory dominated Adelaide United in that department (57.1% to 45.5%). The effective precision from the A-League’s hottest team at the moment will prove extremely useful for the Victory’s collective confidence going into a critical Jan. 13 match with Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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