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All White Rojas stars as Victory go second

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/11/2016 Ben McKay

New Zealander Marco Rojas has sent Melbourne Victory to second on the A-League table with a decisive role in Saturday's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

The diminutive All Whites winger transformed the contest with a deflected strike in the 52nd minute and a breakaway finish two minutes later.

Like most of his Victory teammates, Rojas stuttered and was without polish in a first half of missteps rather than memorable moments.

But when Fahid Ben Khalfallah was brought down by acting Jets captain Wayne Brown just outside the box early in the second half, Rojas delivered from the set piece.

The 25-year-old's free kick deflected off defender Iain Fyfe and into the net, leaving goalkeeper Jack Duncan cursing his luck.

Victory are likely to dispute the awarding of the goal to Fyfe.

If the opener had a touch of good fortune, the second was clinical.

Rojas seized on teenage defender Johnny Koutroumbis' loose ball, surging forward to sidefoot home.

The only Victory figure among 18,267 fans to seemingly be displeased was Besart Berisha, who would have preferred a cross, and who turned his back and walked towards the centre circle without acknowledging the goalscorer.

But the rest were delighted with a third-straight home win that has Victory humming in the league.

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