It only took one season for City captain Bruno Fornaroli to leave a lasting impression on the Melbourne Derby. As we countdown to Saturday’s highly-anticipated clash, we reflect on the Uruguayan’s first A-League goal at Etihad Stadium.
It was the strike which kick-started the most prolific goal-scoring campaign the A-League has ever seen.
In his very first taste of the Melbourne Derby, Fornaroli gave the City faithful an early glimpse of his immense quality with a sensational finish to spark a rousing comeback.
John van’t Schip’s side had the wind knocked out of its sails in the opening hour at Etihad Stadium, as Victory cruised to a 2-0 lead courtesy of Fahid Ben-Khalfallah’s deflected strike and Kosta Barbarouses’ header.
City’s new Uruguayan striker had other ideas. After some neat interplay with Stefan Mauk, Fornaroli bamboozled the decorated Mathieu Delpierre with a sumptuous turn, before toe poking his effort past Danny Vukovic in the 68th minute to breathe life into the contest.
It was a fine way to net his first ever A-League goal, and a moment which proved to be the catalyst for a pulsating finale in the first Melbourne Derby of the 2015/16 season.