The Melbourne Derby: Greatest goals

Kruse v City

Victory will host the first Melbourne Derby of the 2020/21 A-League season this Saturday at Marvel Stadium.

The rivalry between the two clubs has produced some unforgettable moments since the first meeting in 2010, with Victory claiming 13 wins over its neighbours.

As the next instalment of the bitter feud edges closer, we look back at some famous match-winning goals…

Topless Thompson

Former Victory striker, Archie Thompson knows how to win a Derby – scoring six times in as many wins over City.

Perhaps the most iconic of those goals was scored in 2012, with Victory donning its luminous yellow kit.

In the 93rd minute and with the score at 1-1, a young Marco Rojas threaded the ball through to Thompson, whose chipped effort crossed the line after finding the underside of the crossbar.

A jubilant Thompson had his shirt off before the goal was confirmed by the linesman – sparking dramatic scenes at AAMI Park.

Kruse brace

Robbie Kruse guided Victory to its first Melbourne Derby win in 2010, scoring twice in the first half.

The forward poached an equaliser with an outstretched foot before capitalising on a defensive error to give Victory the lead.

Thompson (again) had a helping hand in two of the goals, supplying Kruse with the first and Adrian Leijer with the third and final blow.

Toivonen double

A first-half Toivonen double sank City in December 2019 – earning Victory the three points.

The Swedish striker scored his sixth goal of the season early on, converting with a diving header at the back post.

Just before half-time Toivonen struck again. The ball ricocheted off the City goalpost before falling into the lap of Victory’s prolific goalscorer.

 Brox x George

Dutchman, Leroy George, beat the City goalkeeper from close range in 2018 – giving Victory a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute.

Assisted by a pinpoint cross from Leigh Broxham, George’s header was his fifth A-League goal of the 2017/18 season, where he went on to win the Victory Medal.

A five-star display from Lawrence Thomas ensured Victory’s 12th win over its rivals and moved the club into fourth on the ladder.