More than 23,600 packed into Auckland’s Eden Park to watch Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory play out their third draw of the season.
In a highly entertaining first-half, the pacey Melbourne Victory attack of Kosta Barbarouses and James Troisi were well supported by Elvis Kamsoba working hard in the final third with his speed and energy.
For Wellington Phoenix, Louis Fenton found plenty of space down the right-hand side, supplying dangerous balls into the six- yard area, but Thomas Deng was immense and the pick of Victory’s defensive trio.
Nix goalkeeper Filip Kurto spread himself big, saving with his left-leg to deny Kenny Athiu who should have put the visitors one-nil up, after trying to right foot his shot into the left-hand side of Kurto’s net.
Second-half kicked off, much like the first-half finished: explosive and full of energy from both teams. A powerful volley from Krishna smashed into the top of the net giving Lawrence Thomas no chance and putting the Nix ahead on 57 minutes.
Ten minutes later Leigh Broxham who was finding space all game, was rewarded with another terrific run into the box. Sandwiched between Fenton and Krishna he earned Victory a penalty, which Keisuke Honda coolly slotted home to level the scores.
Filip Kurto – 8
Quality save early on, spread himself big to prevent Victory snatching the opener. Another classy save with his right-hand. Sent the wrong way by Honda’s penalty kick.
Steven Taylor – 7
Read the play well in defence. Solid and strong in defence
Andrew Durante – 8
Solid in defence, always looking to close down Victory’s attack. Tracked back with composure and pace. Big game player who put in a big game performance.
Michal Kopczynski – 7
Stood strong in defence and was calm and composed. Read the play exceptionally well.
Louis Fenton – 7
Found plenty of space to provide good weighted crosses into the box. Tracked back well in defence.