Adelaide United 1 – Melbourne Victory 0
Sergio van Dijk added more misery to Melbourne Victory’s start to the season, inflicting a 1-0 defeat on the visitors as Adelaide United got their first win of 2011/12. Hindmarsh was sold out for the affair that saw a goal and a sending off both go in the home Reds’ favor within three minutes of the second half. van Dijk got the match-winner when he scoped a poor pass from Fabio and smashed a left-footed shot past Ante Čović in the 52nd minute. Then Victory captain Adrian Leijer was sent off in the 55th when his foul on Dario Vidošić induced a second yellow card. From there Victory were done, only escaping with a one-goal deficit after van Dijk and Andy Slory missed out on great second half chances. Leijer will miss the first Melbourne derby next weekend.
The match was split between a first half where Victory played well, using Harry Kewell, Marco Rojas and Carlos Hernández to create opportunities, and the second that was so expertly controlled by United. Yet a second game to open the season without scoring is exactly the opposite of what most expected from the Victory. The inclusion of Vidošić, on his debut for Adelaide, made all the difference in the Reds’ second game, as the Socceroo increased the creativity and precision of the Adelaide attack. The performance from Adelaide, in the second half in particular, was much closer to expectations than the flat, 1-0 away loss to Perth Glory last weekend.