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Brisbane V Melb Victory
BRISBANE STADIUM, BRISBANE, QLD, 15 APRIL 2016
|Brisbane||Match Completed||Melb Victory|
|0||HALF TIME SCORE||0|
|7||SHOTS ON GOAL||7|
Three goals in the final ten minutes has seen the Brisbane Roar triumph over the Melbourne Victory in a 2-1 win. An injury time goal securing the Roar’s spot in the semi-finals.
It was all Melbourne Victory in the first half as they dominated possession and put the Roar on the back foot. Brisbane were able to do enough in defence however to keep the first half goal-less with no clear chances falling to either side.
Roar emerged from the break and took the game to the Victory with the injection of super sub Henrique just after half-time providing them a vital spark.
Both teams were defending with real resilience though and with just over ten minutes to play the game looked destined for extra time.
But then a twist in the tale as Jason Geria was shown a second yellow card in the 83rd minute for another bookable offence. Down to ten men, Victory defied the numerical disadvantage however to open the scoring minutes later.
A corner in the 86th minute was volleyed home by who else but former Brisbane striker Besart Berisha. The Albanian striker leaving his marker behind and lunging to connect on the half-volley with the cross. An instinctive first time shot that left Jamie Young well beaten as Victory temporarily went ahead.
The lead wasn’t to last long however with Roar captain Matt McKay standing up when his team needed him most to tuck the ball home for the equaliser in the 87th minute. McKay found to the right of goal by Dimitri Petratos, with the midfielder stroking the ball first time into the bottom left of goal past Lawrence Thomas.
With all the momentum and an extra player on the pitch, Brisbane went searching for a winner that Thomas Broich duly delivered two minutes into injury time. Corona with a pin-point corner delivered to the middle of the box that Broich rose gracefully to meet and head powerfully into goal.
And that was all she wrote as Brisbane sealed a remarkable turn around to secure a semi-final clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium next week.
For the reigning champions Melbourne Victory their title defence is over with their attention now turning to an ACL clash on Tuesday.
Brisbane Roar 2
Melbourne Victory 1
It was a stalemate last week, but blood will have to be split this time around as Brisbane Roar host the Melbourne Victory in the first of two elimination finals. Join us on The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) for all of the action.
Needing a win last week to book a home semi-final after a see-sawing season, the Roar just couldn’t find the back of the net against a resilient Victory.
The goalless draw allowed the Wanderers to snatch second spot and force Brisbane into a do-or-die rematch this week.
Firing blanks last week, the Roar will be hoping usually potent striker Jamie Maclaren and holding midfielder Corona can pull the right punches and secure the right result this time around.
For reigning A-League champions Melbourne Victory it hasn’t been the most convincing of follow-up seasons, but they have managed to secure a spot in the finals.
With the ACL a clear distraction, the Victory have had to dig deep to find the right results. Once such dig has seen the emergence of Lawrence Thomas as first-choice keeper, the man who single-handedly kept the Roar goalless last week.
Brisbane boast a fully fit squad, with the only squad changes seeing Shane Stefanutto and Javier Hervas promoted.
It’s a much changed Victory outfit on the other hand, with Nick Ansell returning from injury, Besart Berisha returning from a shortened suspension, and Daniel Georgievski, Leigh Broxham, Kosta Barbarouses, Archie Thompson and Matthieu Delpierre all promoted. As a result Connor Pain, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Dylan Murnane, Thomas Deng and Stefan Nigro all drop out, with Rashid Mahazi remaining sidelined with an injury.
No goals last week, but the ball has to find the back of the net at least once tonight as the Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory face-off. Join us on The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) to see who prevails and books their place in the semi-final.