Victory suffers narrow E-League loss

Melbourne Victory suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to Brisbane Roar in the opening round of the E-League on Thursday night.

Xbox: Mitch 'ALCATRAZZ_2025' Austin 1-3 James 'iCripsy' Williams

James Williams handled the nerves to see off Victory's own Mitch Austin and secure a first-up 3-1 win for Brisbane.

Williams grabbed an early slice of E-League history when Lionel Messi picked out the bottom corner in the 15th minute to give Roar a 1-0 lead, only for Austin to quickly equalise through Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

But that man Messi was on hand to restore Williams' lead just prior to the break, before Matt McKay became the competition's first Hyundai A-League scorer to cap off the result.

PS4: Mouad 'MuadZwed' Zwed 2-1 Dino 'ol_Mate_' Flocco

A spirited Mouad Zwed came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Roar's Dino Flocco, but it wasn't enough to earn a point for Victory.

Following his real-life captain's lead, Eric Bautheac was on target early to open the scoring for Flocco.

The tie was then turned on its head in the space of 12 second-half minutes as Zwed struck twice through Ronaldo, with the impressive comeback falling only marginally short of squaring the ledger on aggregate.