With Melbourne Victory commencing their Champions League campaign midweek they made a number of changes, including bringing Gui Finkler, left out of the Champions League squad, in to a starting berth, and his performance was from the top shelf.
Adelaide United got off to a perfect start opening the scoring just three minutes in as Isais released Fabio Ferreira behind the defense. Ferreira squared for Djite who couldn’t get on the end of it but was bailed out as Cirio came through at the back post to steer the ball home.
The style of Adelaide United cost them in the 15th minute when Nigel Boogaard was pressured in to a mistake by Leigh Broxham and gave possession over to Archie Thompson who found Finkler, left onside by another Boogaard error, allowing Finkler to miss-time his first touch but have space to recover and hit it past Galekovic to level the scores.
As is typical with this match, the challenges started flying in with both teams playing a physical style against their rivals, making it hard for either side to keep long passages of play happening.
As the half came to a close Adelaide restored their lead with Bruce Djite stealing possession and nutmegging Nick Ansell to play Cirio free who then chipped Nathan Coe to make it 2-1 to the Reds at the break.
Just over 15 minutes in to the second half Melbourne Victory got back on level terms as Finkler cut the ball back for Broxham who beat two defenders and returned the favour for FInkler to score the equalizer.
That saw Victory start to hold the advantage and ten minutes later an error from Galekovic made it 3-2 as he failed to get to James Troisi’s chip over the defense, allowing Thompson a simple finish.
After both teams had good shouts for penalties denied Victory fired another goal as they cleared the ball from defense and found Kosta Barbarouses who got through one-on-one with Jon McKain, keeping his attention long enough for Finkler to join the play and receive possession and shoot, only for his effort to be saved.
Troisi reacted quickly to the rebound and was able to send the ball back across the face of goal where Barbarouses was waiting to tap the ball home.
Adelaide United had another penalty shout turned down after the ball came off of Pablo Contreras but it may have just been an advantage call as Cirio reacted quickest and slammed home a goal to put Adelaide back in the match.
Adelaide United went for the match late on and even had Galekovic come forward for a free-kick but they couldn’t close the gap as Victory won a memorable match.