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Melbourne Victory finds scoring touch in A-League

Associated Press Associated Press 12/11/2016

SYDNEY — The Melbourne Victory finally fulfilled some of their rich attacking potential with a 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League, while defending champion Adelaide remained winless after six rounds.

Melbourne outclassed last year's beaten finalist to haul itself into fourth place on the league table. Western Sydney was without a win in its last four games.

Melbourne City opened the round with a 2-1 win over Newcastle, moving within three points of first-place Sydney FC, which plays Perth on Sunday. Brisbane stayed in third place with a 1-1 draw with Adelaide, which remained at the bottom of the table.

After losing its first four games, Wellington beat Central Coast 2-0 for its second straight win to move into the top six for the first time this season.

Former Germany youth international Max Beister — the 10th German player to appear in the A-League — described his debut off the bench for the Melbourne Victory as "an amazing feeling."

"For sure, the first 10 minutes were very hard for me, for acclimatizing to the game," Beister said. "I'm very happy now. In my first match in Australia I scored a goal, we had a victory, unbelievable."

Beister admitted Melbourne had been under pressure until Oliver Bezanic's opening goal gave them a lead against the run of play.

Jai Ingham scored Melbourne's second, heading home James Troisi's far-post cross, and Beister added his first A-League goal late from Ingham's pass.

Bruno Fornaroli picked up a first half double for Melbourne City, lifting his tally to 30 goals from 35 A-League appearances.

Sergi Guardiola's late equalizer — his third goal in as many games — helped Adelaide pick up its second point of the season at home to Brisbane.

Wellington overcame the loss of five players to the New Zealand team which played New Caledonia in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, scoring twice in seven minutes after halftime to beat Central Coast.

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