Men’s Match Report | Late Da Silva Brace Sees Victory Triumph

In a thrilling encounter at AAMI Park on Tuesday night, Melbourne Victory orchestrated a remarkable comeback, securing a dramatic 2-1 victory over Western United, thanks to two stoppage-time goals by centre-back Damien Da Silva.

The game seemed to be slipping away from Melbourne Victory as Daniel Penha’s strike in the 60th minute gave Western United the lead. However, in an astonishing turn of events, Da Silva emerged as the hero with his late heroics.

With 95 minutes on the clock, Da Silva rose high to meet a cross and headed the ball into the far post, drawing Melbourne Victory level. The momentum swung in Victory’s favour, and just three minutes later, Da Silva struck again with a clinical finish, sealing all three points for his side.

Western United, managed by John Aloisi, appeared poised to secure back-to-back clean sheets and victories for the first time this season before Da Silva’s unexpected brace turned the game on its head.

Da Silva’s second goal of the night also marked Victory’s 800th goal in Isuzu UTE A-League history, ending a six-game winless streak and propelling Tony Popovic’s side into third place on the table.

The first half saw disallowed goals at both ends and numerous near misses, with Melbourne Victory and Western United unable to break the deadlock.

Despite the deadlock, Victory persisted in their pursuit of an equaliser, with substitute Daniel Arzani providing a spark after coming off the bench in the second half. Arzani’s impact was instrumental as he assisted both of Da Silva’s goals, ultimately turning the tide of the match in Victory’s favour.

The stunning victory showcased Melbourne Victory’s resilience and fighting spirit, leaving fans and pundits alike in awe of the team’s remarkable turnaround in the dying moments of the match.

As the final whistle blew, Victory celebrated a hard-fought and well-deserved triumph.

Next Match
Melbourne Victory v Central Coast
Date: Sun 25 Feb
Time: 5:00pm (AEDT)
Location: AAMI Park