Monday, February 9, 2009

Melbourne Victory destroy Adelaide United

Melbourne Victory scored an impressive and easy 2-0 away win over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday in the first leg of their major A-League semi-final.

Adelaide's Sasa Ognenovski was the luckiest player on the field.

In the opening minutes he upended Kevin Muskat with a cynical foul that earned him a yellow card.

In the final minute, he grabbed Danny Allsopp's shirt as the Victory striker ran into the box and scored his side's second goal. That should have earned Ognenovski a second yellow, which would have ruled him out of the return leg at the Telstra Dome.

Carlos Hernandez, the Costa Rican striker, put Melbourne ahead in the 13th minute with a marvellous strike from the right-hand corner of the box, the ball hitting the underside of the bar and crossing the line before rebounding into play for Allsopp to head into the net.

Archie Thompson was unlucky when his shot from the left was turned against the far post by Adelaide keeper Eugene Galekovic, the ball then rolling along the goal-line and rebounding into play off the far left-hand post before being scooped up by a grateful Galekovic.

Hernandez's shooting was awesome and he was denied a second goal by a fine block by Galekovic.

It is shaping up as a Melbourne Victory versus Queensland Roar final.


Anonymous said...

Isn't Carlos Hernandez Costa Rican??

Anonymous said...

Of course, you are correct. Will change it. Thanks for informing me. I must have got football mixed up with baseball!