Melbourne Victory
Perth Glory
Hyundai A-League R12
AAMI Park
2015-12-27T06:00:00+00:00
Attendance
22,544

Two penalties sees Victory, Glory finish all square

Melbourne Victory’s winless run in the Hyundai A-League has extended to five games after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Perth Glory on Sunday.

Victory took a 1-0 lead to the break as Besart Berisha won – and then converted – a controversial penalty midway through the first half.

But the visitors responded 15 minutes from time with a penalty of their own, coolly slotted home by Diego Castro to ensure the spoils were shared in a ripping contest at AAMI Park.

GOALS

1-0 Berisha (25’) – A swift Victory attack ended with Berisha chasing a ball into the box, getting to the ball a fraction before Ante Covic and going down under the challenge for a penalty. The Albanian took the responsibility himself, sending Covic the wrong way with a superb spot-kick.

Victory striker Besart Berisha celebrates converting his first-half penalty against Glory at AAMI Park.

1-1 Castro (74’) - A sloppy challenge inside the box on Josh Risdon by Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre saw Glory win a penalty, which Diego Castro calmly converted.

KEY MOMENT

While Glory had their moments, Victory really should have had the match sewn up heading into the last 20 minutes.

But they didn’t take their chances and that can always spell trouble, with Delpierre compounding the problem with a needless trip on Risdon to give the visitors a penalty and a lifeline in the match.

Both sides wasted excellent chances in the last 15 minutes and were forced to settle for a point each in their final matches of 2015.

Glory marquee Diego Castro celebrates converting his second-half penalty against Victory in Round 12.

OPTA DATA KEY STATS

Victory has now gone five A-League matches without a win for the first time since the start of 2012.

Glory boss Kenny Lowe has lost just once against Victory in seven games managing against them.

Berisha’s goal means he has now scored in his last four games at AAMI Park.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

What a bright future young Victory defender Thomas Deng has!

Still only 18, the Kenyan-born centre-back was the standout defender on the pitch, constantly snuffing out Glory attacks while his composure and distribution was exceptional.

No wonder he made Aurelio Vidmar’s Olyroos squad this week.

COACH KILLER

Fahid Ben Khalfallah has been one of the league’s best imports over the last year and a half but was guilty of a shocking miss early in the second half.

Kosta Barbarouses whipped in a teasing cross from the right which gave the Tunisian an open goal but he somehow spooned it over the bar from just three metres out.

Definitely a strong contender for miss of the season!

Gyorgy Sandor and Fahid Ben Khalfallah vie for the ball at AAMI Park.

TREATMENT TABLE

Glory were dealt a blow just before the break as midfielder Diogo Ferreira limped off with a leg injury

THE FINAL WORD

What a dreadful December for Victory! Up near the top of the ladder at the start of the month, they will head into the New Year in fifth position. Coach Kevin Muscat needs to fix their disjointed performances, with a real lack of drive coming out of midfield. They start 2016 with a trip to Newcastle to face the Jets next Sunday.

Glory’s recent resurgence has continued now four games unbeaten and a lot of positive signs for the second half of the campaign. Things don’t get any easier though next up, heading to Brisbane for a clash with the Roar on Saturday.

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Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20