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Tasuku Sekiya (C) scored two times as APIA Leichhardt shocked Melbourne Victory within the FFA Cup spherical of 16. (AAP: Brendan Esposito)
Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri has vowed the A-League champions will be told from the “harsh lesson” they have been dealt by means of APIA Leichhardt of their surprise FFA Cup defeat.
Valeri admitted his group used to be obviously out-enthused by means of the NSW NPL outfit, who gained Three-2 in Tuesday night time’s spherical of 16 conflict at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
It’s going to pass down as probably the most greatest upsets within the match’s quick historical past and APIA’s best hour since they gained the Nationwide Football League name in 1987.
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Two objectives from Eastern striker Tasuku Sekiya and a past due header from Nathan Millgate sealed the end result, keeping off a past due comeback from Victory, who had equalised at 2-2 after a Kenny Athiu brace.
“On the finish of the day, I am not stunned [by] what took place,” Valeri mentioned.
“If you do not display up, if you do not play with the fitting need, you might be now not going to win a fit of soccer.
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“It is a harsh lesson and one we will have to be told from. Figuring out those guys and how much folks they’re, I do know we will be able to seize this lesson and now not let pass of it and bring it to mind each and every time we pass out into coaching and into the following recreation.”
Melbourne seemed flat from the outset and have been with out two gamers who loom as vitally vital to their A-League possibilities this season — prized marquee signing Keisuke Honda and defensive recruit Georg Niedermeier, who have been each left at house.
APIA had performed 120 mins on Saturday of their penalty shootout defeat to Sydney United within the NPL semi-finals — however they defied their heavy legs to provide a stirring efficiency that places them into the FFA Cup’s ultimate 8 for the primary time.
“That is the wonderful thing about the cup,” Valeri mentioned.
“They produced at the day and to be fair, if we did finally end up profitable, we most likely would were slightly fortunate as a result of their need used to be somewhat glaring.
“We ruled for a patch for approximately 10 mins in the second one part, (differently) it used to be all them.”
Trainer Kevin Muscat used to be assured it would not derail Victory’s arrangements for the approaching season.
“It is a good distance prior to the season begins. It may not be a setback … however it is very disappointing that we are out of the cup,” Muscat advised Fox Sports activities.
“When you are expecting issues to occur with out incomes it, nights like this night happen.”