Victory claim derby honours

03 March 2018 07:04:47 EST

Melbourne Victory handed rivals Melbourne City a third straight defeat as they closed in on the A-League top three.

Goals from Kosta Barbarouses and Leroy George gave them bragging rights in the derby at AAMI Park, moving them to within a point of third-placed City. It was a bad night for Warren Joyce's side although they at least saw star striker Bruno Fornaroli make his first start of the season. The Uruguayan, who was City's top scorer in both the last two seasons, scored from a penalty.

Both teams finished with injury worries as City had Daniel Arzani taken off on a stretcher with a calf issue and George substituted after a hamstring problem.

Barbarouses had the ball in the net inside the first minute, but it was over-ruled by the video assistant for offside against Besart Berisha.

It didn't halt them for long though, as they broke the deadlock on 11 minutes. James Troisi won a contest with Manny Muscat to set up Berisha, who turned and played in Barbarouses to finish strongly.

Arzani was twice denied by Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas before the break, but City did level seven minutes into the second half. Dario Vidosic's cross struck the hand of stand-in captain Leigh Broxham, referee Kris Griffith-Jones pointed to the spot, and Fornaroli sent his penalty into the roof of the net for his first goal in 213 days.

Just after the hour mark, though, Victory found a winner when Broxham, given too much space outside the box, provided a perfect pass for George to head home at the back post.

Meanwhile, Australia are 3/1 to qualify from their group at the World Cup.

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