Countdown to Kick-Off | The Melbourne Derby

It doesn’t get much bigger than this, a Melbourne Derby Elimination Final.

Match Details
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
Date: Sun 5 May
Time: 5:00pm (AEST)
Location: AAMI Park


Our boys in blue kick off their 13th finals campaign on Sunday 5 May when they take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

After finishing third on the Isuzu UTE A-League table, Tony Popovic’s side will face sixth-placed Melbourne City in a knockout Elimination Final.

It’s been nine long years since we last faced City in a final, with a 3-0 Semi-Finals win in 2015 being the last.

The last time our boys in blue played in the A-Leagues finals series was the 2020/21 season.

Set to face City for the fourth time this season, Victory will be looking to remain undefeated in the #MelbDerby after two 0-0 draws and a 2-1 win so far this season.

Bruno Fornaroli and Damien Da Silva the goalscorers in the last #MelbDerby which secured our spot in the finals.


Kicking off in the unusual surroundings of Pitch 5 at The Home of the Matildas, two teams right in the race for promotion clashed on Saturday afternoon.

The start to the game was a cagey one, with neither team able to establish firm control.

Victory though were the first team to have the ball in the back of the net, following a delightful build-up involving Adem Duratović and Jesse Hoey which ended with the winger crossing the ball into the path of Eli Adams to finish, but the offside flag denied the hosts an early lead.

Minutes later, Linus Bourke played a superb cross into the box, but it was just beyond the reach of a lunging Duratović.

Victory though were gradually tightening their grip of the contest and soon had the opening goal their performance deserved.

Another piece of excellent build-up saw Luka Kolić combine with Duratović, before sliding the ball through to Adams.

Adams’ first strike was well saved, but rebounded back into his path, allowing the winger to finish off the chance at the second time of asking and handing his side the lead.

Victory continued to pile on the pressure having secured the advantage.

Duratović put the ball in the back of Bulleen’s net for a third time in the half, executing a brilliant chip finish to beat the on-rushing goalkeeper after a superb Jordi Valadon pass, but once again the offside flag curtailed any celebrations.

Kolić hit the crossbar soon after, before Victory were finally able to score their second of the afternoon.

Duratović got his reward after a strong first-half performance, making a brilliant run past multiple Bulleen defenders before powering his shot past the goalkeeper.

The second goal ensured Victory would head into the half-time break with a commanding lead, 2-0 the score.

Bulleen made a strong start to the second 45, seizing control of the play after the re-start.

The away side were rewarded with a goal for their efforts, halving the deficit just minutes into the second half.

However, as the game threatened to take a dramatic turn, Kolić stepped up to settle his team.

A clinical finish into the bottom corner, just minutes after Bulleen’s goal, was crucial in halting the Lions’ early momentum.

Kayne Razmovski, Dimi Palatsides and Damien Bozinovski were all brought into the action soon after, but the goal-mouth action showed no signs of slowing down.

Bulleen scored their second of the afternoon just after the hour mark, ensuring the game would remain hotly contested for most of the second half.

Tommaso Minutoli was brought off the bench for the final 15 minutes, which was a move that would soon be shown to be a pivotal one.

As Bulleen were forced to commit bodies forward in search of an equaliser, Victory capitalised on the extra space left in behind, with substitute Minutoli carrying the ball forward as part of a counter-attacking move in the final 10 minutes, before curling his effort around the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

A crucial goal that looked to have sealed the win, Minutoli was taking full advantage of his opportunity against a tiring opposition.

The forward was once in the right position to benefit in the final minute of stoppage time, as the ball was won back high up the pitch by Adams, before teeing up Minutoli who added a second goal to his tally for the afternoon.

5-2 the full-time score, with Victory running over the top of Bulleen despite a second-half scare.

Five straight wins for Joe Palatsides’ team, maintaining their impressive lead on top of the VPL1 ladder.