Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 loss to Perth Glory in Round 16 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
The majority of the game’s main stats were relatively even, with little difference between the two teams in possession, passes and shots on goal.
But Victory had a clear advantage in shots from inside the box, despite recording slightly fewer shots overall.
Victory was forced into almost double the number of clearances compared with Perth.
Perth finishes stronger
An analysis of the action areas demonstrates Glory’s dominance in the final stages of the game.
Possession and territory was relatively even for the most part, but more than 40 per cent of the play was in Victory’s defensive third in the final 15 minutes, when Perth scored both of its goals.
After 16 rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season, Besart Berisha is the only Victory player to have started in every game.
Leigh Broxham, who started one game on the bench, is the only other player to have made 16 appearances.
Berisha’s 58th-minute penalty against Perth extended his season tally to 13 goals, two ahead of City’s Bruno Fornaroli and three clear of teammate Marco Rojas.