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Dec 5, 2015 at 6.15am UK at ​Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Attendance: 10,852
WellingtonWellington Phoenix
2-0
VictoryMelbourne Victory
Krishna (18'), Bonevacia (45')
Durante (24'), Rodriguez (26'), Muscat (56'), Bonevacia (59'), Moss (87')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Berisha (22'), Geria (71'), Barbarouses (95')

Result: Wellington Phoenix cruise past Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix cruise past Melbourne Victory after two first-half goals from Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia secure all three points.

Wellington Phoenix have cruised past Melbourne Victory in their A-League encounter, after two first-half goals from Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia were enough to take all three points.

The hosts got off to a promising start having had the lion's share of possession in the opening stages, but struggled to create any convincing chances against the stubborn Victory defence.

Roy Krishna of the Wellington Phoenix celebrates after Rolieny Bonevacia of the Wellington Phoenix scored attacks goal during the round nine A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory at QBE Stadium on December 5, 2015© Getty Images

Phoenix thought that they had taken the lead just before the 15-minute mark, after they placed the ball in the back of the net only to be disallowed straight after, when Leigh Broxham's strong challenge brought play back moments before.

However, Phoenix were not to be denied five minutes later, as Krishna broke the deadlock from the tightest of angles, slipping the ball over the line after controlling a deflected shot inside the area.

Melbourne responded quickly to the goal, not giving the hosts an inch to play their football, while churning out some of their own chances midway through the first 45 minutes.

Just as the visitors looked to be getting themselves back into the game, Phoenix struck again through Bonevacia on the stroke of half time, after Krishna slipped through the winger to thump the ball past Danny Vukovic in the Melbourne goal.

Victory needed an early second-half goal to have chance of getting back into the game but were thwarted each time by the home side's defending.

Ben Khalfallah's powerful strike at goal on the 60th-minute mark was importantly saved by Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss, keeping the goal deficit at two.

The visitors kept on pressing for their first goal of the match, but failed to come close to making the score 2-1, as the game sneaked towards full time.

Wellington held on to pick up all three points and claim a 2-0 win, as they move up to sixth, two points behind their opponents, who stay in first.

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