Fernando Romero ought to have smiled at AAMI Park on Sunday after scoring his first A-League objective in Melbourne Victory’s 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners.
Nonetheless, the Paraguayan striker left the sector in tears within the 66th minute after being despatched off for a foul on Mariners midfielder Max Balard.
And whereas his purple card did not price backside Victory a much-needed victory, the 22-year-old marksman was a scattered determine within the dressing room.
Romero was initially proven a yellow card for his foul on Balard however was shaken after referee Jonathan Barreiro felt the foul was worthy of a right away dismissal after reviewing footage of the incident on the recommendation of the VAR
Whereas Romero touched the ball first, his cleats then collected Balard’s calf as he drove by.
Romero was comforted by Marco Tulio and Moresche, the Mariners’ Brazil couple, as he left the sector.
It wasn’t the one spotlight of the second half, as Barreiro reversed his determination to permit the Mariners a penalty within the eightieth minute.
Tulio seemed to be introduced down from behind by Victory defenders Damien Da Silva and Roderick Miranda.
Nonetheless, after Barreiro pointed to the spot, he was once more suggested by the VAR to overview the footage.
The Mariners have been then astonished – and maybe rightly so – when Barreiro modified his thoughts, although there was ample proof that no clear and apparent error had been made in his preliminary determination to level to the penalty spot.
Tulio was subsequently booked for dissent because the Mariners once more got here up quick in Victoria, the place they haven’t gained since 2014.
A stunt by Bruno Fornaroli put the win forward within the sixteenth minute.
When goaltender Danny Vukovic ricocheted off his line, the veteran marksman lobbed the Mariners’ gloveman with a intelligent shot from simply exterior the Central Coast penalty to attain his sixth objective of the season.
The Mariners had an opportunity to equalize within the thirty fourth minute however Sam Silvera went extensive after being arrange by Christian Theoharous.
Supplier Theoharous then had his personal alternative to equalize in first-half harm time, however his shot grazed the highest of the bar.
The Mariners continued to create probabilities, with substitute Moresche squandering a golden alternative early within the second half when he missed a header from shut vary.
Romero then doubled the lead of the win within the 56th minute when he first caught a cross from teammate Chris Ikonomidis near the submit.
Regardless of Romero’s dismissal 10 minutes later, the 10-man Victory held their floor and gained for under the sixth time of the season.
“It was a extremely mature efficiency,” Ikonomidis informed Community 10.
“We actually stored our head up there and hoped for a superb win.”
Initially revealed as Win in opposition to Mariners regardless of dismissal of Fernando Romero