Vidosic at the double as red-hot Melbourne City crush Newcastle Jets
Melbourne City made a massive statement ahead of the Finals Series with a convincing 3-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Dario Vidosic's second-half brace added to Bruno Fornaroli's opener as Warren Joyce's men confidently reclaimed third spot from rivals Melbourne Victory.
Jets, meanwhile, have now lost two straight and conceded eight goals in the process, with their first blank of the season highlighting a concerning slump.
STORY OF THE GAME
- CHANCE: Nikolai Topor-Stanley nods over after beating Dean Bouzanis to a corner.
- CLOSE: Daniel Arzani beats Ivan Vujica twice before picking out Stefan Mauk's darting run, but the midfielder's first-time finish curls past the far post.
- SAVE: Bouzanis parries Dimitri Petratos' goal-bound free-kick.
- CHANCE: Ben Kantarovski does well to divert Fornaroli's finish after the Uruguayan was put in behind by Arzani.
- CLOSE: Fornaroli can't find his feet to poke home a loose ball as Newcastle nervously scramble clear.
- GOAL! Seconds after the crossbar denied him a spectacular volley, Fornaroli gives City a deserved lead late in the first half.
- GOAL! Vidosic heads City further clear within eight minutes of the restart.
- CHANCE: Roy O'Donovan is unable to connect with Vujica's enticing low cross from the left.
- GOAL! Superb from Vidosic to lash in a free-kick and make the game safe with under 15 minutes remaining.
- SAVE: Duncan tips a purposeful Nathaniel Atkinson strike around the upright.
- SAVE: Bouzanis gets across to palm clear a fine Petratos free-kick.
Bruno Fornaroli, Melbourne City 42': 0-1
Luke Brattan's corner bounces off Vujica and drops kindly for Fornaroli to fire in at the far post.
Dario Vidosic, Melbourne City 53': 0-2
Brattan's corner again proves Newcastle's undoing as Vidosic climbs above Vujica and heads home.
Dario Vidosic, Melbourne City 77': 0-3
From 20 yards and on a slight angle, Vidosic bends an exquisite free-kick over the wall and past the outstretched Duncan.