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Sergio van Dijk - Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United Goal of the Decade

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Sergio van Dijk produced one of the most memorable moments ever witnessed in the Original Rivalry after executing a spectacular set-piece in January 2011 at AAMI Park.

Leading 1-0 in the 57th minute, Adelaide United were awarded a free-kick approximately 35 yards out from goal.

However, the distance did not phase the then 28-year-old who unleashed a thunderbolt which swerved into the top corner, leaving no chance for Melbourne Victory goalkeeper, Michael Petkovic.

The Reds would go on to claim a rampant 4-1 triumph over their bitter rivals with van Dijk himself getting a second.

The result snapped an 11-match losing streak against Victory and United’s first win interstate in this fixture since 2006.

To this day the scoreline remains the Reds’ biggest away win over their old foes.

“After the ball went into the net I didn’t know what to do, I ran everywhere,” van Dijk, who claimed the A-League 2010/11 Golden Boot with 16 goals, reminisced.

“And then I thought, ‘okay let’s celebrate with the fans’, because for them it’s also important to win against the biggest rivals.

“Especially after a long time without a win against Melbourne Victory – that’s a great, great feeling.”

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