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AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
8 Western Sydn 0 1 0 1
9 Melbourne V 0 0 1 0
10 N'castle Jet 0 0 1 0
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Keisuke Honda's Melbourne Victory debut delivers welcome boost for A-League

Melbourne City overcame local rivals Melbourne Victory after a contentious first half penalty was awarded through VAR.
Keisuke Honda cannot wait to play in his first Melbourne derby match as the Victory kick-start their A-League campaign.

Japanese international Keisuke Honda has landed in the A-League with a serious splash, both on and off the field.

The Melbourne Victory marquee, lured to Australia with the powerhouse club's biggest-ever salary, netted the opener in the derby on Saturday night.

But his influence on the contest began well before kick-off.

Victory's membership levels have ballooned off the back of his signing -- already sitting above 24,000 -- which will see the club break its all-time record this season.

Both the...

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Melbourne City spoil Keisuke Honda's Victory debut with derby win

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Melbourne City overcame local rivals Melbourne Victory after a contentious first half penalty was awarded through VAR.

Melbourne City have trumped Keisuke Honda and Melbourne Victory in their A-League derby duel, coming from behind with the help of VAR to claim a round-one classic.

Ritchie de Laet scored an equaliser after Honda's opener and Riley McGree struck a late winner to settle an enthralling contest on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium.

The match was going to Victory's script when their marquee star, Honda, headed home Storm Roux's centre just after half-an-hour.

But Kurt Ams' contentious penalty decision...

Keisuke Honda set for A-League derby debut with Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory signing Keisuke Honda is excited for the challenge of Australia's physically demanding brand of football.

Superstar import Keisuke Honda is both supremely ready for Saturday's Melbourne derby and unprepared for the occasion. Honda's first taste of the A-League will come in one of the biggest dates in Melbourne Victory's calendar, a home clash against Melbourne City with a crowd of at least 40,000 expected at Marvel Stadium.

The seasoned international is delighted to be just days away from game time after the longest preseason of his career, confident a return to playing since his World Cup exertions...