Oct 19, 2014 at 5am UK at ‚ÄčAAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne CityMelbourne City
Newcastle JetsNewcastle Jets
Villa (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Montano (62')
Regan (23'), Montano (66'), Steele (71'), Neumann (77')

Result: David Villa scores late leveller on Melbourne City debut

David Villa thumps home an 87th-minute equaliser to earn Melbourne City a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets on the Spaniard's A-League debut.

David Villa netted an 87th-minute equaliser on his A-League debut to help Melbourne City to a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle Jets.

Villa looked a threat throughout his first appearance Down Under and went close with a long-range drive before nodding into the side netting in the first half.

Melbourne players celebrate David Villa kicking a goal in the final minutes during the round two A-League match between Melbourne City and the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on October 19, 2014© Getty Images

Spain's all-time record goalscorer threatened once more shortly after the interval, but his 20-yard shot was comfortably held by Mark Birighitti.

At the other end, Marcos Flores latched onto a quickly-taken free kick and fired towards goal, but was denied by Andrew Redmayne's good save.

Villa should have put the home side ahead in the 61st minute, but he uncharacteristically volleyed over from close range.

The miss proved costly as Edson Montano thumped home a header 60 seconds later to give the visitors the lead.

City drew their opening game of the season, but it looked as though they were going to leave the AAMI Stadium empty handed when David Carney twice cleared Brodie Mooy strikes off the line.

However, with three minutes remaining, Villa lashed the ball home from the edge of the box to ensure that Melbourne's unbeaten start to the season continued.

Newcastle Jets' Adam Taggart celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Melbourne Heart during their A-League match on March 8, 2014
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