Bruno Fornaroli fired up for glorious repeat

Bruno Fornaroli celebrates one of his two goals against Glory in last season's Finals Series.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Michael Huguenin @MichaelHuguenin
Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli has spoken of his love of sudden-death matches as he looks to reprise his match-winning role from last season’s final against Perth Glory.

Last year, City defeated Glory 2-0 in an A-League elimination final with Fornaroli scoring a stunning double for the home side.

 

On Sunday, they will do it all again at AAMI Park and both teams will have revenge on their mind – Glory due to last year’s finals exit and City because of last week’s 5-4 defeat to Perth at nib Stadium.

Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli celebrates scoring against Perth Glory at AAMI Park.FORNAROLI FEELS FINALS MAGIC

Fornaroli took the Hyundai A-League by storm in his debut season of 2015/16 and his performance against Perth in the finals summed up his quality as he opened the scoring with a bicycle kick and completed City’s triumph with a direct free-kick.

While that game just over a year ago was Fornaroli’s first A-League final, the 29-year-old forward had played in championship play-offs before when he helped Danubio win the Uruguayan Primera Division in 2013-14.

Asked whether he enjoys the pressure that comes with finals, Fornaroli told Goal: “Absolutely. Yeah, of course. I wait for this moment.

“I can feel this, everything. The fans go to the stadium, it’s a different atmosphere to the normal A-League games. So I can’t wait to play this first final and try to win.”

Bruno Fornaroli celebrates one of his two goals against the Jets on Saturday night.Looking back on last year’s triumph over Glory prompts a smile from Fornaroli but City’s skipper knows it will mean little when the two sides meet on Sunday.

“We played good football in the first final last year. We get chances and we score, I score two, so I have good memories but every year is a different story and the game you have to play,” he said.

“Perth have a great team, great players. It’s difficult to win every time against Perth but we have confidence.”

TIME TO DELIVER

This season promised so much for City early.

Fornaroli and Co. sat second in the A-League when they beat Sydney FC in November to lift the FFA Cup but won just six of their remaining 19 games to finish fourth.

Bruno Fornaroli is confident City can rebound in this week's Elimination Final against Perth Glory.

Since arriving in Australia, Fornaroli has regularly spoken of his desire to win City’s maiden A-League championship to ensure his place in the club’s history.

While no team has won the grand final after finishing the regular season outside the top two spots in the table, Fornaroli has embraced the challenge of winning three consecutive games to lift the ‘Toilet Seat’.

“This is the last opportunity we have. Maybe you play, you prepare all year for this moment, so all the work in one year is in one game because if you don’t win the first one you can’t go to the second,” he said.

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Melbourne City FC 4 -0 Newcastle Jets-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City have consolidated third spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder following a resounding 4-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

An early trademark header from City striker Tim Cahill opened the scoring, with substitute Nick Fitzgerald doubling the advantage after the interval with a delicate chip.

City striker Tim Cahill opens the scoring against the Jets with a header on Saturday night.

Two goals in six minutes from Bruno Fornaroli put the result beyond doubt, with the City captain converting from the penalty and sweeping home from close range.

While City dominated possession from the outset it was the visitors that had a great chance to open the scoring when Andrew Nabbout was played through on goal but he pushed his shot wide of the back post.

Aside from a chance to substitute Morten Nordstrand at the start of the second half that was to be as close as the Jets would come to finding the back of the net on a night City dominated.

Fornaroli came close to sealing a hat-trick with a couple of inviting late chances however it mattered little as his side claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since Round 2.

The result sees City move three points clear of Brisbane ahead of their match against the Reds, while Newcastle remain one win outside the top six with either the Wanderers or Phoenix to push ahead when they also meet on Sunday.

GOALS

1-0 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 12’

Josh Rose whipped in a cross to the six-yard line where Cahill got the better of Johnny Koutroumbis in the air and headed strongly past Jack Duncan. Cahill celebrated the goal by paying homage to Aussie tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt who was in the crowd with a mock serve.

Tim Cahill

2-0 Melbourne City:  Nick Fitzgerald, 65’

Former Mariners pair Anthony Caceres and Fitzgerald combined in the attacking third, with Caceres chipping the Jets defence to play in his teammate. Fitzgerald, who’d been on the pitch less than ten minutes, showed great composure to chip the onrushing Duncan and hit the back of the net.

3-0 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli (pen.), 75’

Bruce Kamau had been on the pitch less than three minutes when he won his side a penalty after being upended in the box by Daniel Mullen. City’s skipper stepped up to the spot, sending Duncan the wrong way with his conversion.

Bruno Fornaroli

4-0 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 81’

Ivan Franjic played in the overlapping run of Fitzgerald who fired the ball across the face of goal. Caceres got a touch as he miscued a shot but Fornaroli was on hand at the back post where he had plenty of time to pick his spot to grab a double.

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Central Coast Mariners 2 -3 Melbourne City FC-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City have climbed back to third on the Hyundai A-League ladder after notching a dramatic 3-2 win against a 10-man Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday afternoon. In a see-sawing affair City skipped to an early two goal lead courtesy of a Bruno Fornaroli free-kick and an own goal from Mariners skipper Nick Montgomery.

However Central Coast found a way back into the contest after netting either side of the interval, via a Fabio Ferreira set-piece strike and a Ruon Tongyik own goal. The home side looked the more likely to go on and grab a winner until a brain fade at the back led to goalkeeper Paul Izzo being sent off and Fornaroli restoring City’s advantage from the penalty spot. Despite being down a man Paul Okon’s side fought gallantly in search of another equaliser, with substitute Josh Bingham coming close to finding the back of the net with his first touch.

Some cynical fouls from both sides ensured a disjointed end to the contest but City were able to hang on, banking a valuable three points and dealing the Mariners’ finals aspirations a serious blow. Catch up with all the action at the match centre here GOALS 0-1

Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 4’ Nick Montgomery gave away a foul on the edge of the box inviting Fornaroli to step up and he proceeded to stroke the ball inside the far post, leaving Izzo rooted to the spot.

0-2 Melbourne City: Nick Montgomery OG, 16’ City punished their opponents on the break with Fornaroli finding Fernando Brandan, who bombed down field before teeing up Anthony Caceres whose pass was swept into his own net by Montgomery.

1-2 Central Coast Mariners: Fabio Ferreira, 45+1’ The Portuguese winger tried his luck from distance from a free kick, with his thumping effort taking a wicked deflection off Tongyik, giving goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen no chance to react. 2-2 Central Coast Mariners: Ruon Tongyik OG, 47’

A cheap turnover from Neil Kilkenny playing out from the back allowed Kwabena Appiah to pounce, with his cross into the box turned into his own net by City’s retreating central defender.

2-3 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli pen; 64’ Fornaroli held his nerve from the spot after earning his side a penalty, hammering his shot down the middle after substitute goalkeeper Ivan Necevski had committed to one side.

KEY MOMENT The Mariners were fuming when their cries for a first-half penalty were denied after Connor Pain was bundled over in the box by Ruon Tongyik. Paul Okon’s frustration at the decision was only compounded when City immediately went up the other end and doubled their advantage.

RED CARD The Mariners shot themselves in the foot when goalkeeper Paul Izzo was unable to clear an under hit back pass, with Fornaroli there to pounce.  Izzo dragged the City skipper down in the box when he was destined to score giving the referee no choice but to brandish a straight red card.

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Wellington Phoenix 1-5 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City have returned to the winner’s list after notching an emphatic 5-1 result against the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite the four goal margin it was Wellington that dominated the early running as they looked to snap a four-game winless run.

However the home side were architects of their own downfall after missing a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot before conceding an own-goal shortly after.

Goals from Bruno Fornaroli and Anthony Caceres saw the visitors out to a three goal lead before Kosta Barbarouses pulled one back with 20 minutes remaining to spark hopes of a revival.

Instead City were able to extend their advantage through Neil Kilkenny and Nicolas Colazo to complete a season sweep of the Phoenix.

The result sees City momentarily into third ahead of Roar’s clash against Perth at nib Stadium, while Wellington’s finals ambitions are in tatters following the crushing home defeat.

There was a lovely moment at Westpac Stadium in the tenth minute when the home fans produced a minute’s applause to mark the recent passing of legendary All White No.10 Steve Sumner.

Nick Fitzgerald

GOALS

0-1 Melbourne City: Ryan Lowry (OG), 20’

Nick Fitzgerald beat the off-side trap down the right wing and weaved his way towards goal with his cut-back taking a deflection off Lowry at the front post giving Glen Moss no chance to make the save.

0-2 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 29’

City were gifted a free-kick on the edge of the box when Moss handled the ball outside his area. Brattan’s delivery was mishit by Muscat but fell kindly to Fornaroli, who volleyed it home at the back post.

0-3 Melbourne City: Anthony Caceres, 59’

Josh Rose made an overlapping run down the left wing before squaring the ball across the face of goal which fell to Caceres at the back post, who blasted it past Moss from close range.

1-3 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 70’

The All Whites international did it all himself, with his mazy run into the box taking him past a couple of would-be defenders before he drilled the ball low past Thomas Sorenson.

1-4 Melbourne City: Neil Kilkenny, 82’

The City midfielder won possession and chipped into a dangerous area, before collecting Wellington’s attempted clearance, dancing past Adam Parkhouse and slotting past Moss.

1-5 Melbourne City: Nicolas Colazo, 87’

Nick Fitzgerald attracted a number of defenders on another City foray forward before picking out the run of Colazo, who fired past Moss with a strong left-footed finish.

KEY MOMENT

City were given a let off on the quarter-hour mark when Barbarouses missed a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. The All Whites striker earned the spot-kick when he was tripped by former Phoenix defender Manny Muscat in the box, but he blazed his effort into the crossbar.

INJURY WARD

Osama Malik was fortunate to remain on the pitch at the start of the second-half after he upended Krishna with a dangerous tackle. The Phoenix striker continued but had to be substituted ten minutes later, with Shane Smeltz coming on in his place.

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Adelaide United 2 x 1 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Adelaide United have caused one of the upsets of the season after stunning Melbourne City 2-1 in sizzling conditions at Coopers Stadium on Thursday night.

Goals to Dylan McGowan and substitute Mark Ochieng cancelled out an early Bruno Fornaroli strike as Adelaide recorded just their second win of the campaign.

In a match played in stifling conditions, City raced out of the blocks and took the lead inside five minutes with Bruno Fornaroli netting his 11th goal of the season.

Adelaide quickly settled and found themselves level less than five minutes later with Dylan McGowan restoring parity with a well-taken header.

A free-flowing encounter developed as the game progressed with both sides enjoying periods of dominance in an entertaining affair.

But with the match headed for a draw,  Adelaide youngster Mark Ochieng netted a superbly-taken strike – his first in the A-League – to hand the Reds a thrilling victory.

 

GOALS

0-1 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 4’

Ruon Tongyik’s through ball found its way through to Bruce Kamau on the right flank with the winger delivering a teasing cross which Fornaroli calmly slotted past Eugene Galekovic.

1-1 Adelaide United: Dylan McGowan, 10’

Isaias delivered a wicked ball into the box from a free kick which found an unmarked McGowan inside the area with the centre-back burying a powerful header into the back of the net.

2-1 Adelaide United: Mark Ochieng, 87’

James Holland played a long ball to Sergi Guardiola with the Spaniard expertly cushioning the ball into the path of Ochieng with the substitute dispatching a cracking strike into the top corner.

 

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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 2 Melbourne City FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Central Coast and Melbourne City have put on a show for football fans in Gosford on New Year’s Eve, with both sides coming from behind in a heart-stopping 2-2 draw.

In a match that proved to be somewhat of an arm-wrestle in the opening exchanges Tim Cahill put City in front before the interval with a regulation header.

The visitors appeared to be easing to victory until two goals in eight minutes from Trent Buhagiar and Roy O’Donovan saw Central Coast take a shock lead.

The Mariners’ leading scorer had a strong chance to bank a quick fire double but was unable to connect from just a couple of yards out leaving the home fans gasping.

Instead Paul Okon’s side were left to rue that miss after City earned a late penalty that was buried emphatically by Bruno Fornaroli to earn a share of the points.

The result was City’s fourth straight draw and sees them remain in fourth spot at the midpoint in the season. Meanwhile the Mariners edged to just one win from the top six and will take plenty of heart from their second half showing.

GOALS

0-1 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 40’

An inviting cross from Bruce Kamau was met by the charging run of Cahill who left his marker behind and had plenty of time to head past Paul Izzo.

1-1 Central Coast Mariners: Trent Buhagiar, 77’

Substitute Fabio Ferreira scooted downfield on the counter before laying the ball off for the 18-year-old, who struck it sweetly into the near top corner.

2-1 Central Coast Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 85’

Some swift ball movement from the home side sent Buhagiar clear down the flank, who squared the ball for O’Donovan to fire home from close range.

2-2 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli pen; 90’

Substitute Daniel Arzani earned City a penalty when he was cut down in the box by Scott Galloway, with Fornaroli stepping up and firing the spot-kick straight down the middle to level the scores.

OPTA STATS

Tim Cahill’s goal was the third match in row the Caltex Socceroos striker has opened the scoring.

Melbourne City’s two goals took them to 58 for the calendar year – a Hyundai A-League record.

The Mariners are unbeaten in the last four New Year’s Eve clashes in Gosford, having previously won the last three.

INJURY WARD

Mariners defender Jacques Faty was forced off with a hamstring injury following his first touch of the ball after just two minutes, with Michael Neill coming on.

CROWD

11,184 @ Central Coast Stadium

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Melbourne City FC 3 x 3 Perth Glory -Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Goalkeeper Liam Reddy saved two penalties as Perth Glory held on for a 3-3 draw against Melbourne City in a Hyundai A-League classic at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

In a dramatic ending with scores tied at 3-3, Dino Djulbic and Fernando Brandan were both sent off in the final minute as City were awarded a penalty – their third of the match – to take all three points.

But Reddy denied Bruno Fornaroli for the second time on the night to preserve a point in what will go down as the game of the 2016/17 Season so far.

City took the lead on three separate occasions in a breathless 90 minutes only to be pegged back each time by the courageous visitors.

 

Tim Cahill started the goals rush with a trademark early header before Diego Castro scored a brace either side of a Bruno Fornaroli stunner as the teams went to the break locked at 2-2.

Incredibly, Castro’s second goal came just moments after Reddy saved a penalty from Fornaroli.

The hosts were awarded another spot-kick 15 minutes into the second half – which the Uruguayan this time scored – to regain the lead only for Chris Harold to equalise again soon after.

Despite some excellent chances late-on – including Nebojsa Marinkovic rattling the woodwork – it seemed like it would peter out for a draw before the late-drama with two red cards and another stunning penalty save.

The draw means City have now gone four games without a victory in the Hyundai A-League, while Glory’s winless run extends to five matches.

GOALS

1-0 City: Tim Cahill 9’

Nicolas Colazo put his out-swinging corner into a dangerous area, with Cahill timing his jump to perfection to place his header into the far corner.

1-1 Glory: Diego Castro 21’

Chris Harold burst down the right and squared a pass to Castro at the top of the box. The Spaniard took one touch to control before stroking a low drive past Dean Bouzanis.

2-1 City: Bruno Fornaroli 36’

A loose ball fell to the Uruguayan just inside the box and he was allowed to turn and curl a left-footed effort into the top corner. A peach of a finish!

2-2 Glory: Diego Castro 40’

Adam Taggart’s switch of play got Castro one-on-one with Ivan Franjic and he ran at the defender before again finishing low past the City gloveman at his near post.

3-2 City: Bruno Fornaroli (pen) 61’

After being denied from the spot in the first half, Fornaroli made no mistake this time sending Reddy the wrong way and planting it in the bottom corner.

3-3 Glory: Chris Harold 63’

A sublime pass from Nebo Marinkovic got Harold in behind and from a tight angle he blasted one into the roof of the net, as Bouzanis dived far too early.

OPTA DATA

*This is the fifth match in a row between these sides that Melbourne City has scored at least two goals, but they’ve only managed one win in that span.

*Despite clawing back to earn a fighting draw, Glory is now winless in their last five Hyundai A-League games away from home.

*Bruno Fornaroli’s brace means he has now scored seven goals in his last six games against Glory.

RED CARDS

Dino Djulbic: Glory 90’

Fernando Brandan: City 90’

The pair were involved in a coming together in the box, with Brandan kicking out at Djulbic before the later retaliated.

KEY MOMENT

Just before the break City had a chance to go 3-1 up when Fornaroli stood over a penalty, only to be denied by an excellent stop by Liam Reddy. Less than a minute later Castro scored at the other end to level the scores.

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Football Federation Australia statement regarding Bruno Fornaroli

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has reminded Bruno Fornaroli of the standards expected of professional footballers after the Melbourne City FC captain used inappropriate language while making an acceptance speech after the Westfield FFA Cup Final in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Head of the Hyundai A-League Greg O’Rourke spoke to Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn, who has counselled Fornaroli on his responsibilities under the Code of  Conduct.

“Whilst we take into account Fornaroli’s apology and the fact English is his second language Bruno’s comments on the stage after the Westfield FFA Cup Final were inappropriate and FFA can not condone what was said,” O’Rourke said. “This is a general reminder to all players and officials that foul language is not acceptable and offends many in our community.”

A Melbourne City FC statement read: “In line with FFA regulations, Melbourne City FC has conducted an internal review of the player’s language at the FFA Cup Final trophy presentation at AAMI Park. He regrets his use of unsuitable language and has apologised.”

 

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Melbourne City FC 2 – 1 Adelaide United FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A classy brace from Bruno Fornaroli has helped Melbourne City to a thrilling 2-1 win over Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday night.

City surged out of the blocks and took a deserved lead after just 10 minutes with Fornaroli netting a cracking strike after some sloppy Reds defending.

Adelaide struggled to cope with City’s high press for long periods but were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser with winger Ryan Kitto striking the woodwork twice in the first half.

City appeared to have sealed the win after Fornaroli netted his second from the spot less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Sergi Guardiola netted his maiden A-League goal midway through the second half to give the Reds some hope but it wasn’t enough as City held on for the three points.

Adelaide have now lost three consecutive A-League matches and have accrued just the solitary point, while City jump into second spot behind Sydney FC.

GOALS

1-0 City:  Bruno Fornaroli, 11’

The Reds conceded possession inside their own half with Fernando Brandan pouncing on the loose ball before feeding Bruno Fornaroli on the edge of the box. The Argentine took a touch before curling a stunning strike into the top corner past the helpless Eugene Galekovic.

2-0 City: Bruno Fornaroli, 56’

City were awarded a penalty after Reds striker Sergi Guardiola was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box. Fornaroli stepped up to the spot and cheekily slotted a ‘panenka’ down the middle of the goal with Galekovic left stranded.

2-1 Adelaide: Sergi Guardiola 64’

Reds fullback Ben Garuccio showed great pace down the left flank before delivering a superb cross which Guardiola buried with his head from point-blank range.

 

KEY MOMENT

After being second best for most of the first half, Adelaide should have gone into the break on level terms with Ryan Kitto spurning a glorious opportunity in stoppage time.

Spanish midfielder Isaias whipped in a dangerous free kick into the area with an unmarked Kitto smacking a point-blank header into the crossbar.

OPTA DATA

Bruno Fornaroli’s brace took his A-League tally to 29 goals in just 33 Hyundai A-League appearances.

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Hyundai A-League stars: then and now – Bruno Fornaroli 2016

And what a signing the Uruguayan has proven to be for Melbourne City! The striker netted a record 25 goals in his maiden season in Australia on his way to the golden boot.

 

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