Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar: A-League live scores, blog
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Brisbane Roar player Besart Berisha celebrates being awarded a penalty kick during their A-League Grand Final match against Perth Glory in Brisbane, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Roar won the match 2-. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
An enthralling opening weekend of A-League comes to an end with Perth Glory facing up against Brisbane Roar in a grand final rematch, live from Patersons Stadium from 5.00pm AEDT.
Last season’s decider ended in highly controversial circumstances – the tears of Tony Sage, the sea of delirious orange fans and of course, Berisha playing the villain – and is still firmly implanted in our memories.
The duel between the two most prolific scorers the league has ever seen in the aforementioned Albanian and Perth star Shane Smeltz will be worth the price of admission alone, not to mention the presence of a ferocious home crowd who will be keen to remind the champions of the contentious circumstances in which they snatched the trophy away in the dying seconds of the grand final.
With most eyes on fellow Japanese import Shinji Ono, the Glory might surprise Brisbane with the skill and guile of Cerezo Osaka loanee Ryo Nagai, who has looked very decent in pre-season performances out west.
Exciting former GC United player Ben Halloran will make his debut for the Roar and comes with a lot of plaudits in his time with the now defunct franchise.
His former teammate Michael Thwaite will line-up on the opposite field, giving the Glory a physical advantage that will suit Ian Mitchell’s style of play.
I would hope that the vastness of the AFL stadium that is being used doesn’t suck the atmosphere out of what should be a fiery encounter that really could go either way.
Let’s just pray it doesn’t end with another dive.
Can the home side exact a slice of revenge tonight? Join us just before 5.00pm AEDT for all the line-ups, team news and formations.