A-League report: Victory 3-4 Western

Melbourne Victory was downed by Western United 4-3 in the A-League on Saturday.

Summary

Victory fought back from 3-1 down at Marvel Stadium, where Callum McManaman's opener was cancelled out as Besart Berisha scored a brace after Victor Sanchez's equaliser.

Jacob Butterfield's excellent strike reduced the deficit before Tomislav Uskok's red card, and Rudy Gestede equalised prior to Sanchez's 95th-minute winner.

Victory goalkeeper Max Crocombe was forced into a save in the opening minute, pushing away a toe poke from Berisha.

After Robbie Kruse was denied by a block following an Aaron Anderson pass, Victory opened the scoring in the 21st minute.

A fine team move finished with Storm Roux picking out McManaman, who volleyed in his second goal of the season.

Western hit the crossbar through Iker Guarrotxena before Crocombe made a wonderful save to deny Berisha from close range.

Victory also hit the crossbar as Gestede, who scored a brace against the Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday, headed a Jake Brimmer corner against the woodwork in the 32nd minute.

But Western levelled three minutes before the break as Sanchez tucked away a finish from just inside the area.

Crocombe was called into action shortly after the interval, diving to his right to tip away a long-range effort from Dylan Pierias.

After Butterfield forced a save from Kurto, Berisha headed in a Diamanti cross to give Western a 2-1 lead.

That pair combined again for Western before the hour-mark as Berisha's header made it 3-1.

But Victory pulled a goal back through Butterfield, the midfielder scoring his first for the club with a tremendous long-range strike in the 62nd minute.

Western was then reduced to 10 men, Uskok shown his second yellow card for a foul on Kruse.

Gestede was denied by a great Kurto save before bringing Victory level with a header from Dalibor Markovic's cross.

As Victory pushed for a winner, Western found it in the 95th minute as Sanchez scored.

Player in focus

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Key moment

Result

Hyundai A-League 2020/21
Melbourne Victory 3
(Callum McManaman 21', Jacob Butterfield 62', Rudy Gestede 82')
Western United 4 (Victor Sanchez 42'/90+5', Besart Berisha 53'/58')

Melbourne Victory: Crocombe (gk); Roux, Broxham (c) (Bello 68'), Anderson, Markovic; McManaman (Kamsoba 89'), Butterfield, Brimmer, Kirdar (Lawrie-Lattanzio 60'); Kruse, Gestede.
Western United: Kurto (gk); Pierias (Wales 73'), Imai, Uskok, Calver, Pain (Milanovic 84'); Sanchez, Lustica (Skotadis 83'), Diamanti (c), Berisha, Guarrotxena (Vujica 68').

Yellow cards: Sanchez 12', Kruse 27', Imai 31', Roux 45', Uskok 50'/64', Brimmer 70', Vujica 72', Milanovic 85', Skotadis 90+4'
Red cards: Uskok 64'
Attendance: TBA
Venue: Marvel Stadium

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Next up

Victory is back at Marvel Stadium next week when it hosts City in a Derby clash on Saturday, March 6.

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