MELBOURNE Victory Skipper Carl Valeri has sworn that the A-League champions will learn from the "hard lesson" that APIA Leichhardt dealt with in their shock FFA Cup defeat.
Valeri admitted his team was clearly excited by the NSW NPL outfit, which won 3-2 in the 16-game round of Tuesday-evening in Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
It will go down as one of the biggest setbacks in the short history of the tournament and the best hour of APIA since they won the National Soccer League title in 1987.
Two goals by the Japanese striker Tasuku Sekiya and a late header by Nathan Millgate sealed the result, after a late comeback by Victory, who got a 2-2 score after a Kenny Athiu shot.
"At the end of the day, I have not been shocked by what has happened," Valeri said.
"If you do not show up, if you do not play with the right desire, you will not win a football match.
"It's a hard lesson and we have to learn from that, if I know these guys and know what kind of people they are, I know we will understand this lesson and will not let go and remember when we go to the training and the next game follow. & # 39;
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APIA & # 39; s celebration of all time
Melbourne seemed flat from the start and without two players who emerged as vital to their A-League chances this season – a praised tent with Keisuke Honda and defensive recruit Georg Niedermeier, who had both stayed home.
APIA had played 120 minutes in their penalty kick-off against Sydney United on Saturday in the semi-final of the NPL – but they braved their hard legs to produce a gripping performance that brought them into the final eight of the FFA Cup for the first time .
"That's the beauty of the cup," Valeri said.
"They produced on the day and to be honest, if we eventually won, we would probably have been lucky because their desire was very clear.
"We have dominated for a patch for about 10 minutes in the second half, (otherwise) it was all."
Coach Kevin Muscat was confident that Victory's preparations for the coming season would not be derailed.
"It's going to be a long way before the season starts, it will not be a disappointment … but it's very disappointing that we're out of the cup," Muscat said.
"When you expect things to happen without earning it, nights like tonight occur."
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