Match Report: Perth Glory 2 – 3 Melbourne Victory
The first half began with high intensity as both teams showcased their attacking prowess. However, it was Perth Glory who drew first blood in the 20th minute, with Adam Taggart’s powerful strike finding the top left corner, putting the home team ahead.
Tony Popovic’s side responded strongly, and their efforts paid off in the 42nd minute when Zinédine Machach unleashed a right-footed shot from outside the box, levelling the score at 1-1.
The second half commenced with both sides eager to secure the win. The 46th minute saw a dramatic turn of events when Perth Glory’s Bruce Kamau received his second yellow card for simulation, reducing his team to 10 men.
Victory capitalised on the numerical advantage, and in the 82nd minute, Eli Adams delivered a stunning left-footed shot from outside the box, giving Victory a 1-2 lead. The celebrations were short-lived as Perth Glory’s Kaelan Majekodunmi struck back in the 89th minute, levelling the score at 2-2.
As the clock ticked into injury time, the drama reached its peak. In the 90+1 minute, Ben Folami had an opportunity with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box, narrowly missing the target. However, Folami made amends in the 90+6 minute, finding the back of the net with a left-footed shot, sending the travelling fans into delirium.
Despite Perth Glory’s late efforts, Victory held on to claim a hard-fought 2-3 victory.
Isuzu UTE A-League – Round 12
Central Coast v Melbourne Victory
Date: Saturday 13 January
Time: 5:15pm (AEDT)
Location: Allianz Stadium, Sydney