City's Fornaroli hails 'dream debut'

Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli scored and set-up a goal in a “dream debut” for his new club Melbourne City in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

City put five goals past a hapless Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, with Fornaroli marking one from the penalty spot and setting up Wade Dekker for the side’s fifth of the night.

Aaron Mooy, Harry Novillo and Robbie Koren were the other scorers for City, with Roy Krishna getting Phoenix’s only goal from one of four spot-kicks given out on the night.

Fornaroli was making his first competitive start for City and was delighted to have found the net so early into his stint in Australia.

“It was a very good feeling,” Fornaroli said. “Firstly I’m really happy to have played my first game and I really feel comfortable in this team. 

“In the first five minutes Wellington handled the ball really well and I thought it would turn out to be a much more complicated game than it was.

“We had to run a lot but it helped us a lot to score the goals at important times in the game.

“I am still not at my full fitness but there is still time in pre-season to get there. It was a dream debut with a goal and an assist and that the team has won in a good way.

“I loved the stadium and I also love how the fans are so close to the pitch and that you can go over and mingle with them after the game.

“That makes me happy and I’ve left my first game with a really good impression.”

The Uruguayan appeared to fit seamlessly into the team with a number of great runs and deft touches throughout his 90 minutes on the pitch.

“It’s thanks to my teammates that have welcomed me and they treat me very well,” he said.

“They quickly made me feel part of the team and that helps me integrate into the squad better.”

Fornaroli has been surprised by the quality of Australian football so far, having also played against Newcastle Jets in a behind-closed-doors match a week and a half ago.

“It’s a very physical league and there is a lot of running,” he explained. “But it has surprised me and I think it’s at a good level.

“In European football it’s more tactical and is less time to think on the ball but also the players have the ability to play a good pass at the right time.

“In our squad there are some players on that level and I will try my best to take advantage of the quality we have.”

Fornaroli was the club’s fourth visa signing along with Robbie Koren, Harry Novillo and Aaron Hughes. And with the club on the verge of signing Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, that could spell the end of Argentine Jonatan Germano’s time at the club.

Germano has been at the club since 2011 but is currently only contracted as an injury replacement player, a deal which runs out at the end of August.

If the signing of Sorensen goes through that means all of City’s visa spots are taken for the up-coming season, leaving Germano in the search for a new club. 

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