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Victoria hosts Phoenix in the delicious first leg of the semifinal

Follow all the Isuzu UTE A-League action on Sunday when Melbourne Victory host Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park in the first leg of their semi-final.

Following Central Coast Mariners’ 2-1 away win against Sydney FC in the first leg of their semi-final On Friday night, attention now turns to AAMI Park, where both teams will look to take advantage ahead of the second leg at the Sky Stadium.

Today’s clash promises to be a thriller as Melbourne Victory, fresh off that incredible penalty shootout victory over rivals City, welcome Giancarlo Italiano’s Wellington Phoenix to their stadium.

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Will the ‘Nix be able to start working after two weeks of inactivity? Who will emerge victorious in the battle between two of the best goalies in the league? And what punch will Melbourne Victory’s viral fiddler hit the crowd with before kick-off?

It will all kick off at 4pm (AEST) live from AAMI Park, but if you can’t be there in person, you can watch it all LIVE on Paramount+ and 10 Bold.

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MATCH AGENDA

4:00 pm (AEST): Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix – AAMI Park

The Phoenix have not beaten the Victory at AAMI Park since 2017 and have not won any of their last 20 appearances at the venue against all opponents.

Victory, meanwhile, have won six of their last seven Finals Series matches at AAMI Park, including last weekend’s thrilling knockout final victory over Melbourne City decided on penalties, with Izzo emerging as the hero on a career night in the goal.

Today’s semi-final presents Italiano with the opportunity to lead Wellington’s first Finals Series victory since 2012, when the ‘Nix beat Sydney FC 3-2 in a home knockout final. Since then, the club has not won in six postseason games.

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The win will be without star midfielder Zinédine Machach for both matches against Wellington following her red card in the knockout final. Football Australia’s independent Match Review Panel offered Machach a two-game suspension, ruling him out of the two-match affair.

If Victory advance to the Grand Final, Machach would be eligible to face either Central Coast or Sydney FC in the decider.

Face to face this season

Round 4: Melbourne 1-1 Wellington Phoenix win

Victory hosted Wellington in the fourth round and the two teams shared the spoils in the first of three regular season meetings between the two teams this season.

Olyroos midfielder Ryan Teague scored his first A-Leagues goal in a dream start to their first winning campaign as the hosts opened the scoring at AAMI Park, but the ‘Nix hit back before the break when Damien Da Silva intercepted a cross from Kosta Barbarouses. his own goal line.

The points were shared in a 1-1 draw… even though Wellington failed to manage a single shot on goal during the match!

Round 13: Wellington Phoenix win 1-1 Melbourne

Victory crossed the ditch to face the ‘Nix in Round 13 and, much like their Round 4 encounter, the game ended 1-1 with the points shared at the Sky Stadium.

Phoenix defender Tim Payne was sent off late in the first half and Victory looked set to take all three points when they took the lead thanks to Connor Chapman’s third league goal, but the 10-man hosts fought back and captain Alex Rufer scored a late penalty. to even the score.

Round 24: Wellington Phoenix win 1-0 Melbourne

Phoenix welcomed Victory back to the Sky Stadium in Round 24 and 95 minutes passed with neither team breaking the deadlock, before late drama sealed all three points for the hosts.

A free kick taken in added time by Oskar van Hattum in a dangerous area was met by Finn Surman and deflected by Roderick Miranda as it went past Paul Izzo, as Wellington took the three points and caused special scenes in the ‘Cake Tin ‘.