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Dark skies made the crowd of 14527 at Hillsborough Park a little nervous, but the rain held off. Benoît Cantieni was the appointed referee. People from all over Victoria had joined up for the derby. A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Melbourne. Lineup: Paiva - Stravocheris, Jousmäki, Woe, de Beuker - Hernesniemi, McGrady, Lančić, Brener - Teodorof, Juntumaa.

Ravens started off with a 4-5-1 lineup. They fielded: Węcławek - Sakelaris, Lemić, Archer, Giroldini - Bock, Efimenco, Pham, Kahlig, Bartiakas - Mallat.

Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Melbourne. Today, Ravens's strategy involved concentrating on the flanks for their attacks. Melbourne took the lead 3 minutes in, as M. Juntumaa broke through on the left and put the 1 - 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper. Ravens were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings. The visitors refused to give in and, after 9 minutes, V. Efimenco evened things up as he finished off a perfect pass from the right. 1 - 1 With the clock showing 26 minutes played, a great pass from the defensive line of Melbourne resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by Y. Brener in the centre of the opposition's penalty area, but his finish went high. 31 minutes into the game, V. Efimenco had a great chance to put his team ahead, but his kick from the left went wide. It was obvious that Ravens had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle. It was 1 - 1 at the break. Possession in this half belonged to Ravens, who controlled the ball 68 percent of the time.

After 52 minutes, the visitors nearly went up a goal, but J. Archer's free kick hit the crossbar. Melbourne's Y. Brener made use of his speed to get free of the defence, but he still couldn't get a shot off 57 minutes into the match. R. de Beuker finished off the counterattack of Melbourne from the left rather easily, making the score 2 - 1. A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Melbourne's Y. Brener increasing the lead to 3 - 1. N. Teodorof wanted to play on, but the Melbourne coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 70 minutes into the game by M. Maitena. E. Hernesniemi left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 70 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. S. Morgan was the replacement. With 72 minutes played, N. Sakelaris of Ravens fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Ravens, with 65 percent of the ball.

The most dominating Melbourne player was without a doubt D. McGrady. On the other hand, M. Juntumaa's play was disheartening. Ravens's top performer was clearly J. Bock. J. Pham turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 3 - 1.

Rating details

Midfield wretched (very high) inadequate (very low) 8 17 2/20 5/20
Right defence inadequate (very high) weak (high) 20 15 5/20 4/20
Central defence passable (very high) passable (very high) 24 24 6/20 6/20
Left defence passable (low) passable (very high) 22 24 6/20 6/20
Right attack inadequate (high) poor (very high) 19 12 5/20 3/20
Central attack weak (high) poor (high) 15 11 4/20 3/20
Left attack inadequate (high) inadequate (very low) 19 17 5/20 5/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence inadequate (very low) inadequate (very low) 17 17 5/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (high) 15 15 4/20 4/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill excellent brilliant 8 11 8/20 11/20


1 - 0  M. Juntumaa 3'
1 - 1  V. Efimenco 9'
2 - 1  R. de Beuker 60'
3 - 1  Y. Brener 67'
1 booking accumulated N. Sakelaris 72'
Substitution Out  N. Teodorof
In  M. Maitena
Substitution Out  E. Hernesniemi
In  S. Morgan
Normal To  Towards Middle


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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence inadequate (very low) inadequate (very low) 17 17 5/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (high) 15 15 4/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Attack on wings
Tactic skill excellent brilliant 8 11 8/20 11/20

Average ratings

Total player experience poor (high) wretched (low) 11 6 3/20 2/20
Average midfield wretched (very high) inadequate (very low) 8 17 2/20 5/20
Average defence passable (low) passable (very low) 22 21 6/20 6/20
Average attack inadequate (low) weak (very low) 18 13 5/20 4/20
Total average weak (very high) inadequate (very low) 16 17 4/20 5/20


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