A-League: Melbourne Victory prevails over Wellington Phoenix 3-1

MELBOURNE. Melbourne Victory overcomes Wellington Phoenix 3-1.


MELBOURNE. Melbourne Victory defeats Wellington Phoenix 3-1.

R. Piscopo missed a decisive penalty (20′). That would have allowed Wellington Phoenix to draw the match.​

The match was played at the AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne on Friday and it started at 7:45 pm local time. The referee was Shaun Evans with the help of George Lakrindis and Andrew Meimarakis. The 4th official was Jack Morgan. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant around 23 degrees Celsius or 73.31 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 78%.​

Match Statistics

Melbourne Victory was in firm control of the ball 55% while Wellington Phoenix was struggling with a 45% ball possession.

Melbourne Victory was more aggressive with 67 dangerous attacks and 26 shots of which 10 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Melbourne Victory won the encounter.

Melbourne Victory shot 26 times, 10 on target, 16 off target. On the other side, Wellington Phoenix shot 10 times, 4 on target, 6 off target.


Melbourne Victory received 4 yellow cards (L. Broxham, N. D’Agostino, S. Nigro and M. Rojas). On the opposite side, Wellington Phoenix received 3 yellow cards (S. Wootton, F. Surman and N. Pennington).

After playing this match, Melbourne Victory will have 42 points to stay in the 3rd place. On the opposite side, Wellington Phoenix will stay with 36 points to stay in the 5th place.

Match Events

  • 2'

    N. D\'Agostino

    M. Rojas

  • 13'

    S. Wootton

  • 20'

    R. Piscopo

  • 24'

    L. Broxham

  • 25'

    W. Sandoval (Penalty)

  • 39'

    N. D\'Agostino

  • 43'

    S. Nigro

  • 54'

    C. Ikonomidis

    B. Folami

  • 55'

    M. Rojas

  • 61'

    N. D\'Agostino (Goal Disallowed)

  • 68'

    J. Brimmer (Penalty)

  • 71'

    F. Surman

  • 75'

    G. Hooper

    F. Surman

  • 77'

    N. Pennington

  • 78'

    M. Rojas

    J. Davidson

  • 84'

    J. McGarry

    N. Pennington

  • 86'

    N. Velupillay

    M. Rojas

  • 87'

    J. Manuel

    B. Old

  • 87'

    R. Bidois

    W. Sandoval

  • 88'

    O. van Hattum

    L. Fenton

  • 90'

    S. Nigro

    J. Davidson

  • 90'

    J. Barnett

    J. Brimmer

Next match

In the upcoming A-League match, Melbourne Victory will play away against Sydney on the 7th of May with a 20-15 head to head stats in favor of Sydney (19 draws).

Wellington Phoenix will play away against Western Sydney Wanderers on the 5th of May with a 13-11 head to head statistic in favor of Western Sydney Wanderers (5 draws).

Melbourne Victory: Formation and Lineups

Melbourne Victory started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

The manager Tony Popović chose to play with the following team: Ivan Kelava (7.3), Jason Geria (6.5), Leigh Broxham (6.3), Roderick Miranda (6.6), Jason Davidson (8.0), Joshua Brillante (6.4), Rai Marchán (7.2), Marco Rojas (7.7), Jake Brimmer (7.1), Ben Folami (6.2) and Nicholas D’Agostino (7.8).


Melbourne Victory made 3 changes: B. Folami for C. Ikonomidis (54′), M. Rojas for N. Velupillay (86′) and J. Davidson for S. Nigro (90′).

Top player: Jason Davidson

Probably the most impressive player in Melbourne Victory was Jason Davidson even if he didn’t score any goal.

His rating is (8.0) with 81 passes (85% accurate) and 8 key passes. He was won 6 duels out of 9. He performed 7 crosses.

Wellington Phoenix: Formation and Lineups

Wellington Phoenix started with an extremely aggressive line-up (3-4-3).

On the other side, Ufuk Talay played with: Oliver Sail (7.3), Finn Surman (6.8), Scott Wootton (6.2), Tim Payne (6.3), Louis Fenton (5.9), Nicholas Pennington (6.2), Gael Sandoval (7.4), Sam Sutton (7.0), Benjamin Old (6.8), Ben Waine (6.5) and Reno Piscopo (6.8).


Wellington Phoenix made 5 changes: F. Surman for G. Hooper (75′), N. Pennington for J. McGarry (84′), B. Old for J. Manuel (87′), W. Sandoval for R. Bidois (87′) and L. Fenton for O. van Hattum (88′).

Top player: Gael Sandoval

Probably the most impressive player in Wellington Phoenix was Gael Sandoval.

His rating is (7.4) with 1 goal, 26 passes (84% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 5 duels out of 10. He performed 5 crosses.

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