Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory

Current Score

  • Adelaide United 4
  • Melbourne Victory 2

Match Profile

  • Time 7:30 PM AEDT 7 December 2012
  • League Australia A-League
  • Venue Hindmarsh Stadium
  • Attendance 14,115
Goal Scorers
  • E. Kostopoulos
    • 3minutes
    • 32minutes
  • Fábio Ferreira
    • 21minutes
  • M. Carrusca
    • 25minutes
Goal Scorers
  • A. Nabbout
    • 5minutes
  • M. Rojas
    • 47minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 4
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 1
7 Dec 2012 - 11:07pm

Red-hot Adelaide regains top spot

  • Evan a ball ... Evan Kostopoulos opens the scoring for Adelaide (Getty)
Adelaide United climbed back into top position on the A-League ladder after a 4-2 win over bitter rival Melbourne Victory at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night.
7 Dec 2012 - 6:57 PM  UPDATED 7 Dec 2012 - 11:07 PM

The Reds' deserved victory put them at the top of the league table.

The Reds scored four goals and Victory one in 32 breath-taking minutes which opened the Hindmarsh Stadium grudge match.

Victory dangerman Marco Rojas pegged a goal back in the second half but the damage had been done by Adelaide's stunning early raid before a near capacity crowd of 14,115 spectators.

Reds star Dario Vidosic crashed into Victory linchpin Marcos Flores in an opening second ripple which create a punishing physical under-current to the contest.

Within two minutes, emerging Adelaide attacker Evan Kostopoulos scored after his team-mate Fabio Ferreira appeared to lose the ball over the touch-line before passing.

By five minutes, Melbourne's Andrew Nabbout had netted a reply when superbly played into a scoring position by a Rojas dash along the right side.

Adelaide went 2-1 up in the 21st minute when Ferreira scored, benefiting from a precocious volley from Marcelo Carrusca - the gifted Argentine was air-borne when he deftly used the outside of a boot to gift Ferreira the chance.

Just two minutes later, Carrusca himself scored with a sweet, curling left-footer.

And Carrusca provided another goal in the 32nd minute, the boom recruit delivering a pin-point free kick which Kostopoulos headed into the net just metres from goal.

By half-time, there were five goals, six yellow cards and 16 fouls in a tempered affair in searing mid-30 degree heat which prompted a drinks breaks midway through the half.

And Rojas continued the hot theme just two minutes into the second half when he turned a defender inside the box and calmly netted his sixth goal for the season.

Adelaide (22 points) rose to top with the win, though second-placed Central Coast (20 points) can return to the head of the table with a win against Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina praised his players for responding from their loss to Central Coast last Sunday.

"It was an enjoyable victory, but all victories are enjoyable," Kosmina said.

"For me, football is about character as much as it is about football and the guys showed a stack of it to be able to bounce back from a loss last week."

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou said his men were completely outplayed by the Reds.

"I don't know if it was a reality check, Adelaide was just too good for us tonight ... but I'm fairly positive about where we are heading," he said.

"The task against a really good attacking team was too much for us tonight."

Match Commentary

minute code event
82 SI Substitute in J. Neumann of Adelaide United
82 SO Substitute out B. Djité of Adelaide United
79 YC Yellow card awarded to S. Gallagher of Melbourne Victory
76 SI Substitute in I. Ramsay of Adelaide United
76 SO Substitute out E. Kostopoulos of Adelaide United
72 YC Yellow card awarded to B. Djité of Adelaide United
71 SI Substitute in I. Cernak of Melbourne Victory
71 SO Substitute out M. Flores of Melbourne Victory
66 SI Substitute in F. Barbiero of Adelaide United
66 SO Substitute out D. Vidošić of Adelaide United
65 SI Substitute in J. Jeggo of Melbourne Victory
65 SO Substitute out J. Bru of Melbourne Victory
56 YC Yellow card awarded to Cássio of Adelaide United
47 G GOAL (Melbourne Victory): Scored by M. Rojas
46 SI Substitute in L. Broxham of Melbourne Victory
46 SO Substitute out P. Franjic of Melbourne Victory
40 YC Yellow card awarded to N. Boogaard of Adelaide United
34 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Ferreira of Melbourne Victory
32 G GOAL (Adelaide United): Scored by E. Kostopoulos
31 YC Yellow card awarded to A. Leijer of Melbourne Victory
25 G GOAL (Adelaide United): Scored by M. Carrusca
21 G GOAL (Adelaide United): Scored by Fábio Ferreira
18 YC Yellow card awarded to Guilherme of Melbourne Victory
11 YC Yellow card awarded to M. Flores of Melbourne Victory
5 G GOAL (Melbourne Victory): Scored by A. Nabbout
3 G GOAL (Adelaide United): Scored by E. Kostopoulos
1 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Vidošić of Adelaide United

Match Statistics

Adelaide UnitedADE

Melbourne VictoryMVC