Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup – Marco Rojas

Marco Rojas (Victory) – The Kiwi attacker started all of New Zealand’s group matches and showed glimpses of his class without finding the back of the net.

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New Zealand beaten in Confederations Cup

New Zealand were beaten 2-0 by Russia in their Confederations Cup opener.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Chris Myson
Russia cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over New Zealand as the hosts made a confident start to the Confederations Cup.

Hyundai A-League stars Andrew Durante, Marco Rojas, Michael McGlinchey and Kosta Barbarouses all started for the All Whites.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression.

Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

Three of the previous nine Confederations Cups have been won by the host nation and Russia, playing in the tournament for the first time, impressed with victory in Saint Petersburg.

After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post.

Russia made sure of victory in the second half, with Fyodor Smolov’s third goal in four internationals ensuring president Vladimir Putin, who called for improved performances in the event, was applauding happily in the stands.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and struggled to make an attacking impression. Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.


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Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men – Marco Rojas (New Zealand)

Marco Rojas (New Zealand) – The ‘Kiwi Messi’ was a huge factor in Melbourne Victory’s charge to the Hyundai A-League Grand Final and his speed and quality will be vital to the All Whites hopes in Russia.


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Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory : 8 key grand final stats

Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas and Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic.

Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas and Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic.

The Hyundai A-League grand final will feature a clash of the assist-kings.

Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic and Victory star Marco Rojas have each laid on 11 goals for their team-mates this season, three more than any other player in the competition.

Check out these and other Opta stats ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster Big Blue.


· Sydney FC have won their last three games against Victory; at no point in the 41-game history between these sides has either team won four consecutive games.

· Melbourne Victory are undefeated against Sydney FC in five finals clashes, including a 3-0 win when these teams met in the 2015 grand final; that was only time either side has kept a post-season clean sheet against the other.


Archie Thompson is tipping Besart Berisha to notch his 100th Hyundai A-League goal against Sydney FC this weekend.· Sydney FC will be looking to make it the fourth consecutive A-League season where the Premiers have gone on to win the Grand Final, a scenario which has played out in seven of the 11 A-League seasons.

· Melbourne Victory have won just one of their seven away finals games and have lost their last four such fixtures, scoring just one goal in those four games.

· Sydney FC have kept 17 clean sheets this season, eight more than any other team, though only two of the last seven Hyundai A-League Grand Finals have seen either side keep a clean sheet.


Keeper: Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC)· Melbourne Victory have scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, more than any other team.

· No player has contested more duels than Sydney FC striker Bobô this season; his 408 gives him a seven-duel lead over next-best, Victory attacker James Troisi.


Sydney FC will play Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Grand Final. 

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Melbourne Victory’s Marco Rojas ‘Kiwi Messi’ eyes maiden club silverware

Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas is relishing the build-up to Sunday's Hyundai A-League semi-final against Brisbane Roar.

Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas is relishing the build-up to today’s Hyundai A-League semi final as he aims to qualify for his maiden grand final and – potentially – lift his first piece of club silverware.
Rojas – dubbed the “Kiwi Messi” will play in just his second semi-final when Victory host Brisbane Roar this weekend, with the New Zealand international having suffered defeat to Central Coast Mariners at this stage while wearing the Big V in 2012/13.

While the 25-year-old is remembered by many as a success in the A-League – Rojas won the Johnny Warren Medal as the competition’s best player at the age of 21 – he reminded reporters of the importance of savouring these moments.

“It’s not often that you get to play in games like this,” Rojas said.

“I’ve only played in one semi-final since I’ve been playing in the A-League, and to get another chance and to do that at home is something I’m very much looking forward to.”

Victory winger Marco Rojas says his side must be clinical in Friday's clash with Sydney FC.

Rojas has only played three previous finals series games – two with Victory and one with Wellington Phoenix – and has been on the losing side twice.

The Kiwi is eager to overcome Brisbane at AAMI Park so he can have a shot at lifting the A-League championship trophy.

“I’ve only won one tournament and that was with the national team – the [2016 Oceania] Nations Cup – so in my club career I haven’t been lucky enough to win anything yet,” he said.

“So for me it’s a very important couple of weeks to and I’m looking forward to it.”

Victory had a rest last week as Roar defeated Western Sydney Wanderers on penalties in their elimination final.

Melbourne Victory stalwart Leigh Broxham is bracing himself for a tough challenge against the in-form Wanderers on Saturday night.

Brisbane then had to travel to Thailand this week as part of their AFC Champions League duties, but while Victory duo James Troisi and James Donachie confirmed the Queenslanders may be tired, Rojas argued playing finals can effectively wash away fatigue.

“It’s totally different to the [regular] season,” he said.

“Everyone knows that it’s elimination, you’ve give everything you’ve got to win the game otherwise that’s it. So I doubt that will be much of a problem for them [Brisbane] for what’s on the line.”

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Melbourne Victory 4-1 Perth Glory- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne Victory have kept alive the Premiership race and ended their Perth Glory hoodoo after romping to a 4-1 win over the WA outfit at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The home side hadn’t beaten Perth in their last eight outings and they got off to an inauspicious start when Diego Castro opened the scoring against the run of play after just five minutes.

However Victory rallied on the back of a vintage Besart Berisha performance, with their talisman netting his 99th Hyundai A-League goal before teeing up Fahid Ben Khalfallah in sensational fashion before the break.

Both sides continued to play an expansive brand of football after the interval but just when it looked like Glory would draw level they were hit with a sucker punch via the boot of Marco Rojas.

James Troisi celebrated his recall to the Caltex Socceroos fold with a sublime individual effort to bank Victory’s fourth, while Lawrence Thomas made a couple of spectacular late saves to maintain the final three goal margin.

The result means Kevin Muscat’s side have now won nine of their last 11 home matches, while Glory have work to do over the remaining four rounds in their quest to host an Elimination Final.



0-1 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 5’

A goal bound Adam Taggart header was well saved by Thomas following a cross from Andy Keogh but Castro was on hand to lash home the parry from an acute angle.

1-1 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha, 23’

Marco Rojas picked out the front post run of his strike partner with a curling free-kick, with Berisha heading strongly between Liam Reddy and the post to draw his side level.

Besart Berisha

2-1 Melbourne Victory: Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 42’

Berisha dug into his bag of tricks, juggling the ball multiple times on the byline before whipping in a cross with his back to goal that the Tunisian nodded home after getting the better of Josh Risdon.

3-1 Melbourne Victory: Marco Rojas, 48’

The home side hit Glory in transition with Ben Khalfallah feeding the run of Rojas, who darted towards goal before cutting inside Marc Warren and bending the ball inside the far post.

4-1 Melbourne Victory: James Troisi, 73’

The in-form midfielder did it all himself, winning the ball and ghosting past a couple of defenders before hammering the ball past Reddy who was left rooted to the spot.

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Melbourne Victory 3 x 2 Brisbane Roar FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A first-half blitz has helped a 10-man Melbourne Victory to a thrilling 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night. Victory raced out of the blocks and surged to a 3-0 lead inside the opening 27 minutes thanks to goals from James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Besart Berisha.

Brisbane fought their way back into the contest and pulled a goal back with Dimitri Petratos netting an incredible long-range free-kick on the half-hour mark. John Aloisi’s side continued to press and were rewarded on the stroke of half-time with Victory defender James Donachie bundling a Roar cross into his own net. The free-flowing encounter took a turn just before the hour mark with Victory striker Besart Berisha shown a straight red-card for an off the ball incident with Roar defender Luke DeVere. Roar enjoyed more possession as the second half progressed but failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage with Brisbane unable to fashion many clear-cut opportunities. James Troisi went close to sealing the win for Victory with 10 minutes to go after striking the post but it mattered little as the hosts held on for a famous win.

GOALS 1-0 Melbourne Victory: James Troisi, 12’ Victory were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area with Troisi stepping up to curl a sublime strike into the top corner, leaving Roar keeper Michael Theo with no chance. 2-0 Melbourne Victory, Marco Rojas, 17’ Troisi played a piercing ball in behind the Roar defence which caught Theo in no man’s land allowing Rojas to slide the ball home into an empty net.

3-0 Melbourne Victory, Besart Berisha (Pen), 27’

Roar centre-back Luke DeVere was adjudged to have felled Berisha inside the box and the Albanian made no mistake from the ensuing spot kick, calmly slotting his strike past Theo.

3-1 Brisbane Roar, Dimitri Petratos, 30’

After Brisbane were handed a set piece 30 metres from goal, Petratos stepped up and thumped a vicious strike which swerved into the top right corner, leaving Lawrence Thomas stranded.

3-2 Brisbane Roar, James Donachie (OG), 41’

Petratos found Brandon Borrello inside the area with a delicate ball before the youngster’s cut-back was inadvertently turned into his own net by Victory defender Donachie.


With his side leading 3-1 in the first half and under a barrage of Roar attacks, Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas produced a sublime save to preserve his side’s advantage. Roar skipper Matt McKay looked certain to score after being played through one-on-one but Thomas sprinted off his line and managed to deflect the ball just wide of the target.


Besart Berisha was shown a straight red card in the 58th minute for after appearing to make contact with Roar defender Luke DeVere off the ball.



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Melbourne Victory 4 x 2 Newcastle Jets – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017


Besart Berisha has become the Hyundai A-League’s greatest-ever goal scorer in Melbourne Victory’s thrilling 4-2 win over Newcastle Jets in Geelong on Monday night.

After Jets defender John Koutroumbis was adjudged to have handled in the box, Berisha scored from the penalty spot to open the scoring to register his 91st Hyundai A-League goal.

The Albanian’s goal gives him the record on his own, taking him past former team-mate Archie Thompson (90 goals) and two clear of Wellington Phoenix’s Shane Smeltz (89), who will return to action on Thursday night.

Berisha’s milestone capped an entertaining clash at Simonds Stadium, with further goals either side of the break to Marco Rojas and Fahid Ben Khalfallah putting Victory 3-0 up inside an hour.

The Jets hit back almost immediately through substitute Ma Leilei but James Troisi restored Victory’s three-goal lead soon after before a deflected Wayne Brown strike completed the scoring.

The win for second-placed Victory keeps them seven points behind league-leaders Sydney FC – with a game in hand – while the Jets are now in seventh position.


1-0 Victory: Besart Berisha 30’ (pen)

From the handball decision in the box, Berisha slammed his penalty into the corner to the keeper’s right to secure his slice of history.

2-0 Victory: Marco Rojas 35’

James Troisi played a neat one-two with Berisha and surged into the box before crossing for Rojas to volley home from close range.

3-0 Victory: Fahid Ben Khalfallah 60’

Rojas turned provider this time, racing down the right before unselfishly squaring for Ben Khafallah. The Tunisian’s shot was partially blocked by Duncan but managed to trickle over the line.

3-1 Jets: Ma Leilei 61’

Twisted and turned past a couple of defenders before his low strike from distance beat Lawrence Thomas and snuck inside the post.

4-1 Victory: James Troisi 69’

The Jets failed to clear the ball from their own area with Troisi gaining possession, taking one touch forward before rifling a powerful effort past a stranded Duncan.

4-2 Jets: Wayne Brown 76’

A driving run from Brown ended with his shot from the edge of the box taking a wicked deflection off Carl Valeri to wrong-foot Lawrence and roll into the net.


Jets defender Ivan Vujica limped off just before the break with a hamstring injury.


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Melbourne Victory 4 x 1 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne Victory have signalled this season’s Premiership race is far from over after dismantling the Central Coast Mariners 4-1 at a humid AAMI Park on Wednesday night.

Kevin Muscat’s side dominated proceedings from the outset and deservedly took the lead when Jake McGing was forced to turn into his own net, denying Besart Berisha the chance to become the league’s outright all-time leading scorer.

Defender James Donachie netted his first Victory goal after the interval to extend the home side’s advantage before two goals in as many minutes from Marco Rojas sealed the result.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah was in scintillating form for Victory, having a hand in three of his side’s four goals, while Trent Buhagiar hit his first Hyundai A-League goal to register a late consolation for the visitors.

The result sees Melbourne Victory reclaim second spot and move within seven points of Sydney FC on the ladder – still with a game in hand, while the Mariners remain ninth after being consigned to their fourth straight loss.



1-0 Melbourne Victory: Jake McGing OG, 28’

A sloppy turnover from the Mariners playing out from the back allowed Ben Khalfallah to break downfield. The Tunisian squared the ball for Berisha whose touch was directed into the Mariners net by McGing as he tried to get back in cover.

2-0 Melbourne Victory: James Donachie, 50’

James Troisi delivered a deft free-kick into the Mariners box which found the Victory defender inexplicably unmarked inside the box. Donachie had all the time he needed to direct his header downwards towards goal giving Paul Izzo no chance.

3-0 Melbourne Victory: Marco Rojas, 58’

The Mariners were cheaply dispossessed on halfway by Berisha who quickly fed Ben Khalfallah as Victory again hit their opponents in transition. The 34-year-old zeroed in on goal before unselfishly playing in Rojas for a tap in.

4-0 Melbourne Victory: Marco Rojas 59’

Ben Khalfallah was again the architect for the home side with his chip over the top finding the ‘Kiwi Messi’ in plenty of space. Rojas maintained his composure, slotting the ball past Izzo to register his seventh goal of the campaign.

4-1 Central Coast Mariners: Trent Buhagiar, 89’

A quickly taken free-kick from Mariners skipper Nick Montgomery found his pacey teenage winger in space behind Victory’s defence. Buhagiar held his nerve in front of goal, chipping the onrushing Thomas to give the Mariners’ travelling fans something to cheer.


Victory extended their unbeaten run to six matches and they’ve not been beaten by Central Coast in ten games.


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Melbourne Victory’s ‘Kiwi Messi’ Marco Rojas bosses assist stats

Marco Rojas has been in sizzling from to start the Hyundai A-League season.

The assist stats reveal Marco Rojas is bossing it this Hyundai A-League season, though a Wanderers midfielder leads “chances created” and a Sydney FC star is way ahead in “passes into the final third”. Opta Data has more.

Melbourne Victory’s Rojas has enjoyed a seamless return to the league after three years abroad in Germany.

A mix of international duty and injury has meant he has made just seven appearances for the campaign but still leads the competition for assists.

While he has also got on the scoresheet six times himself, Rojas has set up six goals for team-mates, more than anyone else in the Hyundai A-League.





Chances Created

Passes, Into Final Third


Cross Accuracy

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Ninkovic, Milos








Nichols, Mitch








Oar, Tommy








Brandán, Fernando








Nicolás Martínez








Harold, Chris








Kamau, Bruce








Nabbout, Andrew








Just behind the Kiwi international is Sydney FC’s Serbian star Milos Ninkovic.

“Ninko” has arguably been the Hyundai A-League’s best midfielder over the first three months of the season, with five assists for the league-leading Sky Blues.

His five goals is also an impressive return but as the stats shows, Ninkovic is key at getting the ball into Sydney’s attacking third, playing 87 passes into that area.

Mitch Nichols is one of two Western Sydney Wanderers in the top nine when it comes to assists, and is currently equal third with four for the campaign.

Nichols, along with Brisbane Roar’s Tommy Oar, both have set up four goals but the Wanderers playmaker is perhaps unlucky not to have laid on more.

Nichols’ 27 chances created is the most of any on the list, but the Wanderers’ wasteful attack often hasn’t capitalised.

Oar’s best work has come from wider areas, notching 37 crosses from his 11 appearances. Only Sydney’s Michael Zullo (41) has made more.

While Oar is still searching for his first goal, no other Roar player has managed more than one assist, making him the team’s chief creator so far.

Wanderer Nico Martinez, Melbourne City duo Fernando Brandan and Bruce Kamau, Perth Glory’s Chirs Harold and Newcastle Jets star Andrew Nabbout are the other assist masters, all with three for the campaign.

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