Victory, Roar and a history of Melbourne classics

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar meet at AAMI Park on Sunday and the Clubs have played out numerous classics previously in the Victorian capital.

The encounter will be the 50th A-League Men meeting between Victory and Roar, with the former winning 22 of the previous 49.

At AAMI Park, there have been 10 outings, with Victory winning four, Roar three and three draws.

Victory, coming off an opening-round win over Western United, and Brisbane have thrilled at the venue before, and have a history of entertaining clashes in Melbourne.

Victory holds on despite controversial red

A James Troisi free-kick, Marco Rojas goal and Besart Berisha penalty had Victory into a 3-0 lead inside 27 minutes in front of a roaring AAMI Park in January 2017.


But Dimitri Petratos dragged Roar back into the game with an incredible free-kick before James Donachie’s 41st-minute own goal.

Berisha was controversially sent off before the hour-mark after an off-the-ball incident involving Luke DeVere, but Victory held on.

Flying start leads to rout

A similarly fast start helped Victory hammer Brisbane 4-0 in 2015/16.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s opener was followed by a Kosta Barbarouses brace in the opening half-hour at AAMI Park.

Berisha put away what proved to be the sealer for Victory in the 52nd minute.

Victory also denied Roar the Premier’s Plate that season, goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas starring as a youthful side held on for a 0-0 draw.

Six-goal thrillers and Docklands demolition

There was plenty of controversy during a 3-3 draw at AAMI Park in December 2010.

Victory came from 2-0 down as Robbie Kruse scored a brace either side of Archie Thompson’s equaliser.

But Matt McKay scored a 94th-minute equaliser after Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo went unpunished despite appearing to grab a ball outside his penalty area prior to the goal.

There was another classic a season earlier at Etihad Stadium.

Victory trailed 3-1 before goals from Danny Allsopp and Carlos Hernandez’s second saw it earn a draw in Round 2.

Part of a flying start to the 2006/07 season saw Victory crush Brisbane 4-1 in Round 6, thanks to a pair of Kevin Muscat penalties and goals from Fred and Allsopp.

There have been plenty of moments to remember when Victory and Roar have met.