Elimination Final: when Victory played the Reds in 2017/18

One team's season will be over when fierce rivals Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United do battle in the second Elimination Final at AAMI Park on Sunday.

There's never a shortage of drama and entertainment when these two original rivals face-off and with so much on the line, it's bound to be another thriller this weekend.

 

While Victory has dominated whenever they have met in a Finals Series match, the Reds have held their own against Kevin Muscat's men this season, including a win in Melbourne in December.

We take a look back at the three meetings between the two clubs in the regular season.

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Round 3 - Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Victory

Vince Lia was Adelaide United's unlikely goalscoring hero, netting twice as these two old rivals clashed for the first time this season at Adelaide Oval.

After Besart Berisha opened the scoring, Lia struck either side of half-time with two eye-catching efforts, before a late Mitch Austin goal earned the Reds a share of the points.

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Round 10 - Melbourne Victory 1-2 Adelaide United

Adelaide United survived two late red cards to secure an action-packed win at Etihad Stadium.

Daniel Adlung and Ben Garrucio were both dismissed for second yellows in the space of five minutes, but the visitors held on to secure the points.

Baba Diawara and George Blackwood scored Adelaide's goals either side of a stunning Mark Milligan volley, while Besart Berisha also failed to convert a penalty.

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Round 21 - Melbourne Victory 3-0 Adelaide United

Two first-half goals - an own-goal by Taylor Regan and a Leroy George effort - laid the platform for an emphatic Victory win, with Adelaide's Džengis Čavušević sent off just nine minutes after coming on at half-time.

Four minutes later, Besart Berisha tapped in a third as the home side pressed home their advantage.

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