sábado, 15 de outubro de 2016
Tim Cahill scores Melbourne Derby wondergoal as City dominates Victory
Tim Cahill has burst onto the A-League scene with an astounding long-range goal which sent Melbourne City on its way to a 4-1 derby win over Victory at Docklands Stadium.
Much of the pre-match excitement was centred around Cahill, especially when Australian football's biggest star was named in City's starting XI, and the 36-year-old soon proved the hype was justified in front of 43,188 fans.
After 27 minutes, with the ball bouncing seemingly harmlessly amid a cluster of players, Cahill showed that combination of aggression and skill that has always been his calling card, hurling himself into the fray and connecting with a swerving 35-metre shot which sailed past the keeper and into the top corner of the net.
Cahill was involved in City's second goal too, as he laid the ball wide for Colazo, whose perfect cross landed on the head of Bruno Fornaroli and was dispatched into the back of the net.
Colazo and Fornaroli were both brilliant on the night, the Argentine creating chance after chance and the Uruguayan working hard to make himself a target.
Luke Brattan stood out too, initiating City's forays forwards with his calm, precise passing game, while Bruce Kamau dazzled with his dribbling.
It was those two men who conjured City's third goal just after the half-time break, with Kamau powering his way to the byline on the left before cutting back for Brattan to bury.
Cahill's first action was to bloody the face of Baro with a flailing arm.
The Socceroos hero was also involved in the first flare-up of the match, helping to drag players off each other in the 12th minute after Jason Geria scythed down Fernando Brandan.
After that early argy bargy. City soon found themselves in complete control, passing their way through a hapless Victory side with ease.
Marco Rojas briefly gave the 'home' Victory fans something to cheer about, scoring a brilliant individual goal of his own in the 62nd minute, but that moment of happiness did not last long.
Just a minute later, Brandan took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity against Bruce Geria, leaving the defender for dead before slotting home to restore City's three-goal lead.
Even though Sydney FC have notched two superb 4-0 wins in their first two games this season, the rest of the league will be quivering at the prospect of this heavily weaponised City outfit which tore apart a team as good as Melbourne Victory.