Melbourne Heart defeated their local rivals and bitter enemy Melbourne Victory 3-2 last week to boost their chances of success in the Hyundai A-League – and it was a game of two Thompson’s with Victory taking the lead through Archie Thompson, only for Matt to strike back with a brace of his own just before the break.
Their lead was extended by substitute Alex Terra on the hour-mark, but a late Carlos Hernandez strike provided little consolation for the visitors, who had began the game highly fancied by those giving out soccer betting tips – and the result left Victory captain Adrian Leijer feeling a sense of having missed an opportunity:
“It’s disappointing for the fans more than anything because we know how much it means to them. We started off very well and probably should have been two-up, then they got a goal on the counter-attack and it changed the whole game.”
The game was a tough one to officiate from the first whistle with referee Strebre Delovski having to make a number of contentious decisions.
In the fifth-minute Archie Thompson was brought down by Heart keeper Clint Bolton and only dished out a yellow card when vast areas of the bumper crowd were baying for a red; there was a strong case for offside when Matt Thompson scored his second, and also a potential handball in the build-up to Terra’s decisive third goal.
Victory certainly had their chances to win the match and the live soccer betting favored the Blues for much of the game, with Hernandez first setting up Isaka Cernak’s with a perfectly-weighted through-ball in the 55th minute, only to see his shot brilliantly tipped wide by Bolton, and then he buried pinpoint header which was subsequently disallowed for offside.
The result leaves Victory languishing in sixth-spot, some way off the early pace being set by Central Coast, and they now have the opportunity to set things straight when they play Brisbane Roar in their New Year’s Eve fixture at the Suncorp Stadium.