Melbourne Victory draw first blood against Sydney FC in semi-final

Melbourne Victory 2 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League Major Semi-Final first-leg, February 18, 2010) The Victory netted through Nik Mrdja and Carlos Hernandez before John Aloisi’s shot just prior to halftime deflected off Kevin Muscat to peg one back for Sydney. Mrdja turned from hero to villain midway through the second half when the striker saw red for elbowing Sydney’s Shannon Cole in the face.