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Victory vow to learn from derby drama

  • Victory vow to learn from derby drama

Melbourne Victory star Gui Finkler says the A-League can expect the champions to be more ruthless in weeks ahead after narrowly avoiding a derby shock to Melbourne City.

Victory threw away a 2-0 lead and looked to be heading towards a draw with just seconds of regular time remaining, only for Besart Berisha to pop up with a late goal.

It was a dramatic winner and while none less than Victory deserved, the match sounded the alarm for Finkler and his teammates.

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"We've definitely learned a lot from the game," he said.

"At 2-0 up we were cruising but we should have pushed on for the third goal.

"We got punished but we got the three points tonight and we move forward."

Coach Kevin Muscat agreed City's two goals in three minutes would be a lesson for his side.

"I think everyone assumes you're going to go on and shut the game out," he said, perhaps referring to some of his tardy players.

"But that's the beauty of these derbies.

"(Berisha) made sure the next time the ball came across the box, he got a deserved winner and I thought he was outstanding."

With the contest failing to catch fire in the first half, it looked as though the match could be decided by a tough of magic from either side's creator-in-chief, Finkler, or City's Aaron Mooy.

While it was the Albanian hitman that found a decisive goal, Mooy did provide the match's most gifted piece of skill to equalise at 2-2.

The Socceroo arrowed a long ball over Victory's defence, allowing Stefan Mauk to equalise from a one-on-one.

It was an astonishing pass that Finkler was happy to praise.

"He's a quality player and his pass was good, it was very good," he said.

But the Brazilian's favourite moment was the obvious one; the 90th minute winner.

"It was amazing and it was the best time we could get it."

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