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 melbourne victory s besart berisha cops two match ban for tangling with match official
melbourne victory's besart berisha cops two match ban for tangling with match of

Besart Berisha is given a yellow card last Saturday night. Photo: AAPMelbourne Victory will need to resort to Plan B for a fortnight, with striker Besart Berisha being handed a two-match ban for manhandling a fourth official.The Kosovo international will miss Sunday's away match with Central Coast and the marquee home tie against Western Sydney on Melbourne Cup eve.Berisha was found guilty of unsporting conduct toward a match official after tangling with Daniel Elder in Friday night's 2-2 draw with Adelaide United.Victory have decided to accept the verdict and will not appeal.But, Berisha could yet serve a longer ban, with another two matches suspended on the provision he does not commit a similar offence before the end of the season.Berisha's absence, confirmed by a tribunal convened on T

sydney fc win a-league grand final after penalty shootout

Sydney FC have won the A-League grand final after a penalty shootout against Melbourne Victory.The match was all square at full-time in the A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Sunday.
Rhyan Grant of Sydney FC and Besart Berisha of the Victory contest possession. Photo: Mark NolanVictory were ahead at half-time after Besart Berisha rifled in a low shot to put the visitors up 1-0 in the 20th minute.Rhyan Grant  equalised in the 69th minute after a goal-mouth scramble.
Goal scorer Besart Berisha. Photo: Getty ImagesThe match went into extra time, giving fans a nail-biting finish.AdvertisementPhoto galleryA-League grand final: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FCEarlier, two flares were ignited in Sydney FC's support area.A cloud of smoke b

melbourne victory need to ground tim cahill in derby, says besart berisha

Tim Cahill proved Australia's saviour in the heart-stopping World Cup play-off win over Syria, but Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha says he won't be allowed to have the same impact if he turns out for his club in the first Melbourne derby of the season on Saturday night.Cahill rescued the Socceroos with two trademark headers, but last year proved he could be just as dangerous on the ground when, on his City debut, he scored a wonder goal to put his team on the way to a 4-1 triumph in the opening derby of the campaign.
Melbourne Victory will need to limit the impact of Socceroos star Tim Cahill. Photo: APVictory eventually had the last laugh, making the grand final while City limped out early in the finals, but the memory of what Cahill can do remains raw for Victory's ace striker

besart berisha believes predatory instincts can push melbourne victory to upset

It was the enormous confidence of Melbourne Victory's record-breaking striker Besart Berisha which put Kevin Muscat's team into the A-League grand final, and it is the same reserves of belief which can power them to an upset victory, the Kosovan hit man believes.Berisha had missed a good opportunity in the first half against Brisbane, but rather than let that prey on his mind – even as the clock ticked into the last 20 minutes of Sunday's semi-final – he continued to believe he could make the breakthrough.Famous 'Swiss Machine' climber dies in NepalVideo duration01:19Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Berisha puts Victory into finalBerisha puts Victory into finalMelbourne Victory's Besart Berisha headed home to put his side through to a final with Sydney FC.Famous 'Swiss Machine' c

sydney fc equalise after melbourne took an early lead in a-league grand final

Sydney FC have equalised against Melbourne Victory in the A-League grand final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Sunday.Rhyan Grant scored in the 69th minute after a goalmouth scramble.
Goal scorer Besart Berisha. Photo: Getty ImagesVictory were ahead at half-time after Besart Berisha rifled in a low shot to put the visitors up 1-0 in the 20th minute.Earlier, two flares were ignited in Sydney FC's support area.Photo galleryA-League grand final: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FCA cloud of smoke billowed from The Cove before kick-off inside Allianz Stadium on Sunday.According to reports, at least one flare was lit by Melbourne Victory fans outside on their way to the showpiece.More to comeFairfax Media, AAP 

victory pumped and primed for finals now 'junk time' end of season over

No one at Melbourne Victory wanted to admit it publicly, but maintaining enthusiasm – of players and supporters – was not the easiest thing to do in the last six weeks of the regular A-League season.The club could not realistically be caught for second spot on the ladder, and nor had it any expectation of overcoming runaway leader Sydney.
Besart Berisha of the Victory celebrates their win after kicking his 100th goal during the round 27 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Photo: Getty ImagesSo it is hardly surprising that a state of inertia existed, where players found it difficult to lift themselves to performance peaks while fans were, to some extent, also going through the motions.All that changes now, however, after Victory finish

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Advantage Besart Berisha.Now it's up to Jamie Maclaren and Bruno Fornaroli to show what they can do.
Delighted: Besart Berisha has scored 19 goals this season. Photo: Getty ImagesBerisha became the first A-League player to notch 100 goals when he scored the only goal of the game in Victory's 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Friday night, a result that gave them 15 wins for a season in which they finished in second place on the ladder.That single strike with 10 minutes remaining puts Berisha on to the 19 goal mark for the campaign, one ahead of Brisbane Roar's Maclaren (18) and two in front of Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli, who has 17.Maclaren, who hit a quick fire hat-trick last week in Brisbane's 5-1 win over the Mariners, will be fancied to at least equal Berisha's mark when t

berisha on target against brisbane as victory seal a-league grand final spot

A Besart Berisha header with 20 minutes remaining in a hard-fought semi-final was enough to give Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win against Brisbane Roar, ensuring Kevin Muscat's team will progress to an A-League Grand Final showdown with runaway Premiers Sydney FC next Sunday afternoon at Allianz Stadium.Given his cult status with the clubs -  he has won titles with both Roar and Victory - Berisha was always likely to be a central figure in this match, and so it proved, although  Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young threatened to upstage him and everyone else for most of the game.
Full flight: Besart Berisha after scoring in the semi-final against the Roar. Photo: Getty ImagesThe game opened in fiery, feisty style. Both sides knew defeat meant the end of the season so there was little standing on c

sydney fc win a-league grand final after penalty shootout

Sydney FC have defeated Melbourne Victory 4-2 in a penalty shootout in Sunday's A-League grand final to win the championship and claim the domestic double.With scores locked at 1-1 after extra-time at Allianz Stadium, the Sky Blues prevailed to claim the club's third championship.
Rhyan Grant of Sydney celebrates with teammates after scoring. Photo: Getty ImagesIn a tense shootout, Sydney's Alex Wilkinson sprayed his shot wide before Melbourne's Carl Valeri crashed his effort off the crossbar and Marcos Rojas had his effort saved by Danny Vukovic.It was left to Johnny Warren Medal winner Milos Ninkovic to slot home the match-winning spot kick.
Rhyan Grant of Sydney FC and Besart Berisha of the Victory contest possession. Photo: Mark NolanMelbourne's Besart Berisha and Sydney's Rhyan Gr

victory coach muscat says berisha's game is showing ''another dimension''

Besart Berisha's audacious demonstration of ball skills that set up Melbourne Victory's second goal in its 4-1 triumph over Perth Glory will long stay in the memory of those who witnessed it.In a textbook example of "keepy uppy" he managed to retain possession of the ball before lobbing over the cross for Fahid Ben Khalfallah to put in a header.
Besart Berisha's full repertoire of skills were on display in the 4-1 win over Perth. Photo: Getty ImagesIt certainly impressed coach Kevin Muscat, who thought his star forward's game against Glory was "outstanding".Berisha's full repertoire of skills were on display in the win over Perth. He scored a terrific header from a free kick, assisting with a goal out of nothing to put his team ahead, and then cajoling, fighting, scrapping and chasing as

victory coach muscat says berisha's game is showing ''another dimension''

Besart Berisha's audacious demonstration of ball skills that set up Melbourne Victory's second goal in its 4-1 triumph over Perth Glory will long stay in the memory of those who witnessed it.In a textbook example of "keepy uppy" he managed to retain possession of the ball before lobbing over the cross for Fahid Ben Khalfallah to put in a header.
Besart Berisha's full repertoire of skills were on display in the 4-1 win over Perth. Photo: Getty ImagesIt certainly impressed coach Kevin Muscat, who thought his star forward's game against Glory was "outstanding".Berisha's full repertoire of skills were on display in the win over Perth. He scored a terrific header from a free kick, assisting with a goal out of nothing to put his team ahead, and then cajoling, fighting, scrapping and chasing as

melbourne victory demolish brisbane roar in lopsided tie

The arrival of ex-Italian international Massimo Maccarone could not help Brisbane Roar avoid a 5-1 home thrashing at the hands of Melbourne Victory in their FFA Cup clash at Perry Park.Former Roar striker Besart Berisha bagged a double for Victory, as Brisbane bowed out in the round of 32 for a second consecutive season.
Brisbane's Shannon Brady of the Roar (left) and Costa Barbarouses battle for possession at Perry Park. Photo: AAP/Glenn HuntMaccarone failed to shine in a competitive debut for Brisbane after receiving a visa clearance, coming on in the 61st minute with the hosts trailing 4-0.Brisbane have high hopes for the 37-year-old to combine well in attack with Brett Holman this season.
Coach Kevin Muscat after the round of 32 win for Melbourne Victory. However, the pair had litt

mitch austin strikes late leveller to snatch point for melbourne victory in adel

When a player who has only scored four goals in his 12-season A-League career slams home two against you in the same match, you know you are in for a difficult night.Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat played with a then 20-year-old Vince Lia in the club's first A-League campaign.
On the board: Melbourne Victory celebrate at Adelaide Oval. Photo: AAPOn Friday night he could only look on and shake his head in bemusement as Lia's brace from outside the penalty area first brought Adelaide level and then gave them a 2-1 lead. It looked as though that might consign Victory to another defeat - their third in a row at the start of the season - until substitute Mitch Austin levelled with eight minutes remaining to give Muscat's men a 2-2 draw and a share of the spoils.It was enough for Victory t

pfa's team of the year shows victory way to upset sydney coronation on sunday

Does the Professional Footballers Australia team of the year – loaded with Sydney defenders and Melbourne Victory attackers – provide the best clue as to how Kevin Muscat's outsiders could derail the Sky Blue Express in the "Big Blue" grand final on Sunday?It is said that defences win championships, but attacking players win individual games.
Melbourne Victory's Besart Berisha makes the PFA team of the year. Photo: Getty ImagesSunday's title showdown is nothing if not a one-off game, so the fact that James Troisi, Besart Berisha and Marco Rojas are all named in the team of the year in forward positions says something about the adventurous way Victory can play and the threat they may pose to Sydney in the title decider.In contrast, Sydney goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and three of the Premiers

besart berisha cracks the ton and breaks victory's drought as late goal downs ma

Besart Berisha struck his 100th career A-League goal and gave a hitherto toothless Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in the final game of the regular season at AAMI Park in front of a near-15,000 Good Friday crowd.The hosts had laboured hard against enthusiastic opponents before the Kosovan struck with 10minutes remaining to get the monkey off his back and snap a bleak spell for Kevin Muscat's team.Lyon and Besiktas fans clash outside stadiumVideo duration00:43Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches ...Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches 100thBesart Berisha finally scores his 100th goal to give Melbourne Victory their first win in 3 games.Lyon and Besiktas fans clash outside stadiumVideo duration00:43Video duration00:43

waratahs asked to move super rugby match to assist a-league grand final

Football Federation Australia are leading talks to move the Waratahs match against the Blues from Allianz Stadium on Saturday to help preserve the state of the playing surface for Sunday's A-League grand final. Discussions are taking place to move the rugby match to North Sydney Oval amid fears the decider between Sydney's FC and Melbourne Victory will be played on a significantly damaged pitch. Amazing goal seals Liverpool victoryVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Berisha puts Victory into finalBerisha puts Victory into finalMelbourne Victory's Besart Berisha headed home to put his side through to a final with Sydney FC.Amazing goal seals Liverpool victoryVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Amazing goal seals Liverpool victoryAmazing goal seals Liverpool victo

alex brosque hails sydney fc as the most united side of his long career

Alex Brosque has played on some big stages, alongside great names and at some of the biggest clubs in Asia, but he has never played in a team as strong and unified as this Sydney FC squad. The Sky Blues captain labelled the 2016-17 outfit as the best group he has ever been part of after Sydney's 3-0 preliminary final win over Perth Glory on Saturday night secured them the right to host a grand final for the first time in 12 years.Berisha puts Victory into finalVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:26Sydney cruise to victory over PerthSydney cruise to victory over PerthTwo contentious calls in front of a massive Sydney crowd saw the home side win the game three goals to none.Berisha puts Victory into finalVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Berisha puts Victory into

alex brosque hails sydney fc as the most united side of his long career

Alex Brosque has played on some big stages, alongside great names and at some of the biggest clubs in Asia, but he has never played in a team as strong and unified as this Sydney FC squad. The Sky Blues captain labelled the 2016-17 outfit as the best group he has ever been part of after Sydney's 3-0 preliminary final win over Perth Glory on Saturday night secured them the right to host a grand final for the first time in 12 years.Berisha puts Victory into finalVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:26Sydney cruise to victory over PerthSydney cruise to victory over PerthTwo contentious calls in front of a massive Sydney crowd saw the home side win the game three goals to none.Berisha puts Victory into finalVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Berisha puts Victory into

alex brosque feared derby defeat to western sydney wanderers would derail sydney

Sydney FC feared their season could have derailed after their derby defeat to rivals Western Sydney Wanderers with captain Alex Brosque describing the immediate aftermath as the hardest moment of their season. The Sky Blues will lift their first trophy in seven years with the Premiers Plate presented to the club after their match against Newcastle Jets on Saturday afternoon.Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches 100thVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:38Sydney FC beneficiaries in world first ...Sydney FC beneficiaries in world first use of VARThe Video Assistant Referee was used for the first time in a domestic competition, awarding a spot kick to Sydney FC.Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches 100thVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Victory beat Mariners a

alex brosque feared derby defeat to western sydney wanderers would derail sydney

Sydney FC feared their season could have derailed after their derby defeat to rivals Western Sydney Wanderers with captain Alex Brosque describing the immediate aftermath as the hardest moment of their season. The Sky Blues will lift their first trophy in seven years with the Premiers Plate presented to the club after their match against Newcastle Jets on Saturday afternoon.Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches 100thVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:38Sydney FC beneficiaries in world first ...Sydney FC beneficiaries in world first use of VARThe Video Assistant Referee was used for the first time in a domestic competition, awarding a spot kick to Sydney FC.Victory beat Mariners as Berisha notches 100thVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Victory beat Mariners a

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DAVID WARNER 7.5Still searching for a breakthrough performance in India but don't underestimate the value of his 38 on the first morning in what proved the highest partnership of the match.Victory too good for United in MelbourneVideo duration01:27Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Australia one-nil up with huge winAustralia one-nil up with huge win12 wickets in the match for Steve O'Keefe and a superb Steve Smith century set up an incredible win over India in Pune on day three.Victory too good for United in MelbourneVideo duration01:27Video duration01:27Victory too good for United in MelbourneVictory too good for United in MelbourneBesart Berisha hit his 50th goal for Melbourne to ensure victory over Adelaide United.Melbourne and West Coast enjoy big winsVideo duration01:30Video d

pitch complaints after melbourne victory's ffa cup rout of brisbane roar

Complaints over the pitch have threatened to overshadow Melbourne Victory's dominant 5-1 FFA Cup win over Brisbane Roar at Perry Park.A near full-strength Victory sounded an ominous warning as ex-Roar striker Besart Berisha bagged a double on a bumpy surface to ensure Brisbane failed to progress past the Round of 32 for the third straight year.
Both coaches had complaints about the poor surface. Photo: AAPBut both coaches took aim at the state of the pitch after the Victory booked a date with Adelaide United, 1-0 winners over Newcastle Jets on Wednesday night."For an A-League team to produce that surface as a venue ... you expect it going to NPL teams but it was unexpected playing on that surface against another A-League team," Victory coach Kevin Muscat said."Having said that the most p

western sydney wanderers fight back to share points with adelaide united

Western Sydney Wanderers have fought back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw with Adelaide United and a share of the spoils on Saturday night.A 10th minute penalty from Marcelo Carrusca and Dylan McGowan's 38th minute goal gave the hosts a buffer at Coopers Stadium. But the Wanderers struck through captain Dimas (63rd) and a Steven Lustica penalty on 74 minutes to level the score - after Nico Martinez had a first-half spot kick saved.Sydney raise Premiers' PlateVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Wanderers battle back to claim fifthWanderers battle back to claim fifthIn a topsy-turvy match Adelaide United found themselves two goals ahead before Western Sydney hit back to level it late in the game.Sydney raise Premiers' PlateVideo duration01:30Video duration01

kevin muscat says victory can upset sydney steamroller

A confident Kevin Muscat, pumped by the semi-final win over Brisbane, declared that Melbourne Victory could end Sydney FC's record-breaking season in misery in the grand final on Sunday afternoon.The Victory boss was delighted with the aggression and performance his players showed on Sunday, where the 1-0 scoreline really didn't do justice to the way they dominated the game, particularly in the second period.Brumbies given Blues at homeVideo duration01:30Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:43Berisha puts Victory into finalBerisha puts Victory into finalMelbourne Victory's Besart Berisha headed home to put his side through to a final with Sydney FC.Brumbies given Blues at homeVideo duration01:30Video duration01:30Brumbies given Blues at homeBrumbies given Blues at homeIn their first tr

ffa loses allianz stadium turf war to have waratahs game relocated before a-leag

Football Federation Australia has been unsuccessful in their quest to have the NSW Waratahs match against the Auckland Blues moved to North Sydney Oval. As reported by Fairfax Media on Tuesday afternoon, the Waratahs and FFA have confirmed the Saturday game will not be relocated to North Sydney Oval and will remain at Allianz Stadium. Plays of the Week: Get aerialVideo duration01:46Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:30Berisha puts Victory into finalBerisha puts Victory into finalMelbourne Victory's Besart Berisha headed home to put his side through to a final with Sydney FC.Plays of the Week: Get aerialVideo duration01:46Video duration01:46Plays of the Week: Get aerialPlays of the Week: Get aerialFrom stunning goals to a bit of snooker magic, these are the plays of the week.Amazing g

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