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Live Blog: Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United

Osama Malik of Adelaide tackles Besart Berisha of Melbourne during the round one A-League match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on October 9, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.

Join The Stoppage Time’s Jo-Ryan Salazar for Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United, live from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia! The match is part of Round 8 of the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League season. Melbourne are near the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder, while Adelaide linger at the bottom. But when it all comes down to it, records don’t really matter.

“There’s one glaring thing for us that we’ve got to control games for longer, and it’s a big ask because in a competition that is so even, every team is going to get an opportunity in a game where they get on top,” Victory manager Kevin Muscat told reporters on Friday. “When the opposition does get their moments, we’ve managed to defend very, very well this season but trying to stay in control for longer; we want to be a lot more ruthless in our transition. We want to defend better – we weren’t pleased with the goal we conceded last week.

“We’ve actually managed to play Adelaide in a lot of meaningful games over the 11 years, so there is a little bit of feeling from that perspective.”

“My feelings are good before this game and for my team,” said Adelaide manager Guillermo Amor. “Our team works very hard and we are always prepared. We want to win all of our games and we will be going to Melbourne for the same. We want to play a good game and winning is very possible for us.

“We know Victory and we know their team very well. They have good players and they’re always at the top of the table. Victory is Victory and they’re at a very high level. But Adelaide is a big team and we’re a great team. We’re hungry and we’ll be thinking about our game and what we need to do, like always.”

Kickoff is scheduled for approximately 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT. The live blog will start at 10:00 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET to include score updates from the match between the Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar. Keep it right here on The Stoppage Time for continuing coverage of the 2015-16 Australian Hyundai A-League Season.

NOTE: If you can’t see the live blog, you can also view the blog here.

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