Melbourne City Upset Melbourne Victory After Another Genius Goal By Riley "Scorpion Kick" McGree
Well, that was great. It certainly wasn't the highest quality game we'll see all year, but Melbourne City have beaten Melbourne Victory 2-1, thanks to a controversial penalty and a piece of Riley McGree genius.
McGree, you'll recall, is the young man who scored an almost impossibly brilliant scorpion kick goal for Newcastle last year. That goal helped eliminate Melbourne City from the A-League finals, but the 19-year-old ironically moved to City in the off-season.
He wanted to start this match. He was disappointed he was named on the bench. The best way to send the coach a statement? Score on your first touch in the 70th minute after making a beautiful run.
"We work hard on forward runs in training. It's not a miracle, you make a forward run and you score," McGree said after the game.
But for all the brilliance of the match winner, this game will be remembered for yet another VAR controversy over a 41st-minute goal which arose after a free kick just outside the box was upgraded to a penalty after review.
Lawrence Thomas blocked Florent Berenguer's penalty, but the ball rebounded off the post and stand-in City captain Ritchie De Laet ran in and slammed it home.
Most viewers struggled to see the foul. It was also hard to tell whether the incident had occurred within the box. But a penalty was awarded, a goal ensued, and Melbourne City went into halftime at 1-1.
Victory coach Kevin Muscat used the word "baffled" to describe his feelings about the incident. In this, he was not alone.
For Victory, Keisuke Honda scored the first goal after 28 minutes and showed numerous touches of class. He will be a huge asset this year. Overall, City can consider themselves lucky to have grabbed three points out of this one.
Scroll through our blog to see how it all unfolded.