Melbourne Derby Moments: Bruno’s Rabona


It was a goal worthy of winning any football match. Ahead of Saturday’s hotly-anticipated Christmas Derby, we take a look back at that special ‘rabona’ moment from Uruguayan ace Bruno Fornaroli.

In a Derby encounter played at a furious pace from the first whistle, Fornaroli brought the 25,738 strong crowd at AAMI Park to its feet with one of the greatest goals scored in the history of the Melbourne Derby.

The Uruguayan displayed all the attributes desired in a centre forward in a brilliant passage of play that enhanced his standing as the competition’s premier striker.

First, he displayed strength and guile to expertly turn Leigh Broxham in the middle of the park; flair with a sensational rabona pass to release the marauding Anthony Caceres, before showcasing his immense composure by dinking Aaron Mooy’s reverse pass over the onrushing Danny Vukovic to give City the advantage.

But ‘El Tuna’ didn’t stop there. After dazzling the crowd with his feet for the first goal, Fornaroli cancelled out Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s equaliser with his head, escaping the attention of three Victory defenders to nod Mooy’s whipped cross into the bottom corner.

A pulsating contest ended in a 2-2 draw after Gui Finkler’s fortunate leveller, but the night will always remembered for that special ‘rabona’ from City’s Uruguayan star. 

The Melbourne Derby has thrown up its fair share of memorable goals and enthralling battles throughout its history. Don’t miss out on the biggest show in town this Saturday at AAMI Park as City and Victory do battle in the annual Christmas Derby. Click here to secure your seat to the Derby today!

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