MELBOURNE. Western United had a comfortable win over Melbourne Victory. Western United scored with A. Prijovic (18′), A. Prijovic (49′), L. Wales (79′) and D. Wenzel-Halls (90′). On the other side, J. Brimmer (37′) scored for Melbourne Victory. Melbourne Victory lost this match even if it was superior in terms of ball possession (60%).
The match was played at the AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne on Saturday and it started at 5:15 pm local time. The referee was Alex King who was helped by Andrew Lindsay and Andrej Giev. The 4th official was Daniel Elder. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant around 22.5 degrees Celsius or 72.52 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 91%.
Melbourne Victory was in firm control of the ball 60% while Western United was struggling with a 40% ball possession.
Melbourne Victory was more aggressive with 74 dangerous attacks and 21 shots of which 9 were on target. Nonetheless, Western United was capable to find the solution to win this match.
Melbourne Victory shot 21 times, 9 on target, 12 off target. On the other side, Western United shot 10 times, 7 on target, 3 off target.
No yellow cards were issued to Melbourne Victory. On the opposite side, Western United received 2 yellow cards (J. Risdon and N. Kilkenny).
After this encounter, Melbourne Victory will stay with 48 points to stay in the 2nd place. On the opposite side, Western United will have 45 points to stay in the 3rd place.
Melbourne Victory: Formation and Lineups
Melbourne Victory adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Tony Popović chose to play with the following team: Ivan Kelava , Jason Geria , Matthew Špiranović , Roderick Miranda , Jason Davidson , Joshua Brillante , Rai Marchán , Marco Rojas , Jake Brimmer , Ben Folami and Nicholas D’Agostino .
Melbourne Victory made 4 changes: M. Rojas for C. Ikonomidis (72′), J. Brillante for F. Margiotta (84′), B. Folami for N. Velupillay (84′) and M. Spiranovic for B. Hamill (87′).
Top player: Jake Brimmer
Probably the most impressive player in Melbourne Victory was Jake Brimmer.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 43 passes (88% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 11. He performed 6 crosses.
Western United: Formation and Lineups
Also Western United adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
On the opposite side, John Aloisi played with: Jamie Young , Joshua Risdon , Tomoki Imai , Léo Lacroix , Ben Garuccio , Neil Kilkenny , Jerry Skotadis , Lachlan Wales , Dylan Wenzel-Halls , Connor Pain and Aleksandar Prijović .
Western United made 2 changes: J. Skotadis for S. Lustica (66′) and S. Lustica for R. Bozinovski (90′).
Top player: Aleksandar Prijović
Probably the most impressive player in Western United was Aleksandar Prijović.
His rating iswith 2 goals, 23 passes (60% accurate) and 1 key pass.