A-League 2019 playoffs live: Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix from Melbourne

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Melbourne Victory 3 (Georg Niedermeier, Kosta Barbarouses, Ola Toivonen) - 1 Wellington Phoenix (Roy Krishna)

Full Time! That's all from me guys - and that's all for the Wellington Phoenix and their season - and Mark Rudan's tenure as the coach of the Nix. 

95 min: Cards are flying here, both coaches, an assistant coach and now Sheridan have been booked. 

93 min: Red Card for Michal Kopczynski - nothing silly, a second yellow and he is off. 

92 min: Toivonan runs on to a ball in behind the defence and threads the pass to Elvis Kamsoba who can't score.  

90 min: Six minutes of stoppage time to be played here. 

88 min: Just a few minutes left of the match as the Victory continue to charge for another goal.

85 min: A great performance from the Victory tonight - came out and broke down the defence of the Nix. 

81 min: Honda with some great work and he is just working that midfield like the magician he is - looks to be all over for the Phoenix's season. 

77 min: Alex Rufer is given a yellow card for a late tackle on Ola Toivonen - Sheridan is on for Williams 

74 min: That's a tough goal to swallow for the Nix, they had all the ball and the momentum until one moment breaks the game open and maybe ends their season. 

71 min: GOAL - Melbourne Victory, completely against the run of play - it was all Wellington and the get one counter-attack and it's Toivonen on his own who chips the keeper from a very tight angle. 

68 min: An obvious momentum shift here as the Nix continue to press. 

67 min: Singh finds Krishna in behind the defence again - this time Thomas comes out to put pressure on Krishna.

64 min: GOAL - Wellington Phoenix, gorgeous from the visitors as Singh finds a low curling ball into the box and it's that man - Roy Krishna with a delicate touch over the keeper to score. 

62 min: The rain falling heavily now at AAMI Park as the Nix look to get back into the match. 

59 min: You would expect to see the injection of Cillian Sheridan for the Nix soon. 

56 min: First change of the night - it was going to be Max Burgess, instead Mandi is off for Sarpreet Singh. 

53 min: GOAL - Melbourne Victory, a shocking pass from Mandi goes straight to the feet of Toivonen who finds Barbarouses - and the Kiwi makes no mistake. 

51 min: Pretty same start to the second half as the first, Nix with the ball and Victory happy to sit back. 

47 min: Great play from the Victory and Toivonen makes a really good run and picks out Barbarouses but he skies his shot. 

46 min: Back underway for the second half. 


45 min: Do the Nix have an answer to Melbourne going up 1-0? We will find out.

42 min: GOAL - Melboure Victory, it's a lovely goal from the set piece as Kaisuke Honda floats a gorgeous ball in and Georg Niedermeier gets a small deflection and it goes in. 

40 min: The best chance of the game comes from the Victory as Ola Toivonen goes thrrough on goal but tries to play Kosta Barbarouses in, but it's cut out. Big let off. 

38 min: The Phoenix are pressing higher meaning the Victory are dropping back and allowing the Nix to have the ball. 

34 min: Headknock around halfway between Ola Toivonen and Michal Kopczynski
 who will go off for a check. 

32 min: The Phoenix are working back into the match as neither side has taken a firm grip so far. 

27 min: The Victory seem to be playing their way into this match more and more, the Nix can't seem to hold on to the ball. 

25 min: Huge call for a foul on halfway, but the ref says play on and Ola Toivonen takes a shot for the Victory, but it's wide. 

22 min: The Phoenix sit back and allow Kaisuke Honda the ball and he forces a save from Kurto. 

19 min: Very close for the Phoenix, Krishna gets in behind and finds Williams who passes it to Ryan Lowry who hits the side netting. 

17 min: A battle for possession here as Durante gives away a foul - the Nix have had the best of the chances. 

14 min: Mandi takes the free-kick but it goes off the wall. 

13 min: The Phoenix look well up for this - lots of space on the right wing and Roy Krishna wins a free kick in a very good spot. 

11 min: Good work going forward again from the Phoenix and David Williams has a shot deflected for a corner - there is a shout for a handball but VAR says no. 

9 min: Max Burgess is looking good going forward for the visitors as the victory look to hit on the counter attack. 

7 min: Phoenix go forward but the Victory start a counter attack and Michal Kopczynski goes into the book 

4 min: Really good work from Kaisuke Honda who sends a good cross into the box, but he can't link up with Kansoba. 

1 min: Great start from Krishna who takes an early shot for the Nix and draws a good save from Thomas. 

1 min: Kick off here at AAMI Park - it's all on! 


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the A-League elimination final between the Melbourne Victory and the Wellington Phoenix from AAMI Park. 


The Wellington Phoenix head into their first playoffs appearance since 2015, when they take on the Victory in Melbourne on Saturday night.

So, what chance do they have of stunning the defending champions? 


Third-placed finishers - 15 wins, five draws, seven losses, +18 goal difference


Sixth-placed finishers - 11 wins, seven draws, nine losses, +3 goal difference


Victory: The champions have endured a stop-start season, but have accrued more points than last campaign. The only team to beat Victory at AAMI Park this season are Perth.

Wellington: The 'Nix rested senior players in their last-out 5-0 loss to the Glory and haven't travelled well this year. They have just two wins in Australia in 2019, over the Wanderers and Mariners.


Rd 10: Victory 1-1 Wellington, Melbourne

Rd 14: Victory 3-3 Wellington, Melbourne

Rd 19: Wellington 1-1 Victory, Auckland


Victory: Kevin Muscat. True to form, Muscat has battled with all-comers this season - opposing coaches, Socceroos boss Graham Arnold and FFA over pitch quality. He  prides himself on being a man for the big occasion and will ensure his team jump up too.

Wellington: Mark Rudan. In contrast to Victory's experienced boss, Wellington have Rudan in the dugout. He will be coach his first final - and possibly last for the club - before leaving for expansion side Western United.


Victory: Ola Toivonen. No man finishes more chances in the league than Victory's Swedish frontman. His battle with veteran defender Andrew Durante could decide the contest.

Wellington: Roy Krishna. The Fijian flyer finished on top of the Golden Boot race, after his best A-League season, leading reports of Victory interest.


Class tells. In Keisuke Honda, Toivonen and Georg Niedermeier, Victory have internationally pedigreed players on each line of their formation. If Terry Antonis can step into James Troisi's position and play well, surely Victory have too much.


Breakaway speed. With the benefit of giving senior players a rest last week, the Phoenix will be primed to catch Victory's fullbacks cold on the counter. Filip Kurto, a superb signing in goal, will also need a good match.


Wellington have plenty of threats, but it's hard to go past Victory on their home deck. 2-1 Victory.

Wellington Phoenix : Filip Kurto, Mandi Sosa, Ryan Lowry, Cillian Sheridan, David Williams, Antony Golec, Liberato Cacace, Alex Rufer, Michal Kopczynski, Callan Elliot, Sarpreet Singh, Oli Sail, Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante, Max Burgess, Steven Taylor, Ben Waine, Gianni Stensness.​

Melbourne Victory : Matt Action, Storm Roux, Corey Brown, Keisuke Honda, Georg Niedermeier, Leigh Broxham, Kenny Athiu, Terry Antonis, Kosta Barbarouses, Ola Toivonen, Thomas Deng, Raul Baena, Joshua Hope, James Donachie, Rahmat Akbari, Lawrence Thomas, Carl Valeri, Elvis Kamsoba.