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Melbourne Victory suffered a 3-2 loss to the Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League on Monday.

This report courtesy Dejan Kalinic

Victory 2-3 Mariners

Marco Rojas twice gave Victory the lead at Jubilee Stadium, where Dylan Fox and Dylan Ruiz-Diaz brought the Mariners level on both occasions.

Ruiz-Diaz then found the winner in the 89th minute as Victory fell to a fifth straight loss.

A pair of Victory teenagers almost combined for the opener in the ninth minute.

Birkan Kirdar played in Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio, who used his pace before his low shot was saved by Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti.

Good defending from Giancarlo Gallifuoco helped stop a Mariners attack before Acton dived to push away Matt Simon's header in the 18th minute.

Acton was called into action again three minutes later, palming away Simon's powerful free-kick from the edge of the area.

Victory took the lead through Rojas' third goal of the Hyundai A-League season in the 22nd minute.

Kirdar's wonderful pass led to confusion in the Mariners' defence, Birighitti unable to clear and Rojas putting away a simple opener.

Acton made another great save on the half-hour mark, denying Simon from point-blank range after a Jack Clisby cross before the Mariners striker glanced a header wide.

Elvis Kamsoba and Rojas almost combined for a second for Victory before Mariners attacker Samuel Silvera struck the post on the stroke of half-time.

Central Coast equalised three minutes into the second half, Fox scrambling in from close range after a set-piece.

Victory wasted a great opportunity in the 56th minute, Gallifuoco heading a Rojas set-piece wide as the visitor looked to restore its lead.

Acton continued his good performance with another fantastic save, getting down low to keep out a Fox header, and that stop would be crucial as Rojas put Victory back ahead.

After receiving a pass from Josh Hope, Rojas got in behind down the left before beating a defender inside and finding the bottom corner.

The Mariners equalised with five minutes remaining, Ruiz-Diaz finishing powerfully after a pass from Tommy Oar.

Ruiz-Diaz found a winner for Central Coast, finishing in a one-on-one in the 89th minute after being played through by Milan Djuric.

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