Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar in Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
Victory had control of the match for the most part, with the visitors recording 455 passes (79.8% accurate) to Brisbane’s 393 (73.3%) at Suncorp Stadium.
Victory attempted 22 crosses to nine, conceded nine less fouls and won four more duels.
James Donachie and Alan Baro both debuted for Victory in the Hyundai A-League, and their performances in the heart of defence were noteworthy.
Baro had 70 passes with an accuracy of 84%, won three interceptions and had two shots on goal, including one on target.
Donachie had 58 passes at 86% accuracy, cleared the ball seven times and won 70% of the duels he was involved in.
The possession and territory stats show Victory was in control of the ball for the majority of the match, with 54% possession overall and almost a third of the play in Brisbane’s defensive third.
Victory’s first 15 minutes were especially dominant, when it had 64.4% of possession, and in the five minutes after Brisbane’s Matt McKay was sent off, that number rose to 84.6%.
Comparing the statistical performances of Victory’s players in Round 1, three defenders recorded the most passes for the team, led by Baro, Daniel Georgievski and Donachie.
Donachie had the most clearances with seven, while Jason Geria and Baro each recorded four.
Three players – Fahid Ben Khalfallah, James Troisi and Mitch Austin – contributed seven crosses each, with full-back Georgievski pushing forward to provide another four.