FULL TIME - Brisbane Roar 1 (Berisha 58") Melbourne Victory 0
Brisbane Roar survived a final surge from Melbourne Victory to hold on to a semi-final win and advance to play Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League grand final.
Melbourne Victory had a penalty claim in stoppage time when Matt Smith challenged Mark Milligan.
From the resulting corner, Matt McKay headed a goal-bound ball off the line after Archie Thompson's shot deflected off Michael Theo.
Brisbane's only goal came via Besart Berisha in the 58th minute. Matt McKay capitalised on a turn-over from Jason Geria to set Berisha loose down the left.
Berisha beat Nick Ansell through the left side of the penalty area and shot past Nathan Coe at his near post to score the winner.
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Victory manager Kevin Muscat is out on the field giving refere Strebre Delovski an earful.
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Victory players sink to the ground...it's relief more than celebration for Brisbane Roar. They're through to the grand final and will host Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday!
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Stoppage time is up...Henrique breaks into the attacking half but the final whistle stops his advance on goal.
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Milligan to Troisi through the left side of the area...Troisi hits it and Theo bats it away at the near post!
Another great save!
Troisi scrambles to the rebound but it's out for a goal kick.
More replays...suggest that Matt Smith was very lucky not to give away a penalty for his challenge on Milligan.
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Replays are indecisive...McKay had one foot over the line and one in the field of play as he headed the ball away.
Another angle suggests the entire ball did not go over, but it was mighty close!
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Corner from Troisi...flick on by Barbarouses at the near post!
Thompson slides in to shoot and it deflects off Theo!
Headed out of the teeth of goal by McKay! It looked over by the assistant referee is unmoved!
Theo dives on the spill!
Thompson appeals but no goal!
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Chaos in the Roar area!
Thompson took a shot from the right which was batted away by Theo!
Then Milligan was legged and everyone stopped to turn to look at Strebre Delovski! No penalty! It was Smith with the challenge.
Ball out for a corner.
Four minutes of stoppage time.
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Liam Miller is down and calling for treatment.
The Roar sub him off and bring on Steven Lustica.
The whole process is going to wind a bit of time off the clock though.
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Victory with a short spell of possession but two balls into the area are cleared away.
Roar up to 57-43 possession advantage.
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McKay advances through the left side of the area after a one-two with Broich. He cuts back for Berisha! Coe with an instinct save! Blocked away.
That probably should have been 2-0.
Berisha totally lost his marker.
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McKay cross from the left to Henrique...his lay-off can't find a teammate and is cleared.
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A throw-in breaks kindly for Miller through the right side of the area...he loads up with a shot but skies it over the bar! He was aiming for the top left.
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Defender off for an attacker as Victory takes off Pablo Contreras and brings on Andrew Nabbout.
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Free kick to Brisbane on the left sideline...Brattan hits it to the top of the area where it's deflected back out to the left for a throw.
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McKay plays through Broich on the overlap down the left...Geria crunches him in the challenge as he puts the ball out for a corner.
Taken short...Brisbane work it around the area...Franjic cross from the right looking for Broich...he can't connect and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
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First yellow of the night for Brisbane as Miller is whistled for fouling Milligan.
Dimitri Petratos is subbed off for Henrique.
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Corner to Victory...Troisi hits it near post and the near man Broich heads it away.
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McKay takes a shot from the left side after a string of Brisbane passes...headed over to the right...Franjic tries his luck from a volley 5m outside the area but it's not powerful and Coe gets down to hold.
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Another corner for Melbourne...Theo holds under pressure from Milligan.
Roar counter attack...Petratos loses the ball at the top of the area.
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Thompson runs on the ball...drifts over to the right side...lets fly from 5m outside the area and Theo tips it over!
A great save from Theo!
Broich heads the corner through the back of the penalty area and out for another corner.
Troisi takes...headed away from the near post and out for a throw.
Melbourne's best chance of the night.
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Last-ditch defending from Melbourne!
Berisha ran at two players through the middle and lost the ball...Broich followed up and cut back to Petratos who had a shot blocked by Geria!
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First change of the night.
Leigh Broxham comes off replaced by Rashid Mahazi.
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Action for the first time tonight on the bench...Rashid Mahazi getting a talking too from Kevin Muscat.
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Victory free kick on the left flank.
Finkler takes it right footed...inswinger...over all the leaping players and held on the chest by Theo.
Brisbane counter attack and Broxham's challenge to halt Franjic's momentum is met with a booking. Just the second player to get a yellow tonight.
Way too much being made of this Berisha celebration. Maybe we should take the goal off the board since he's playing for Victory next year. — edwyatt (@edwyatt) April 27, 2014
The goal has killed the adrenaline of a few Victory players. Tired legs already creeping into the match. #ALeagueFinals — Julian B (@MrJulianB) April 27, 2014
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Broich with a high ball over to Berisha but the forward can't control it in his stride and it runs long to Coe.
Berisha grudgingly scores and doesn't even celebrate for the 1st time ever...already a MV player #aleaguefinals #brivmvc — Stephen Decoco (@Don_Erebus) April 27, 2014
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Thompson jinks down the left but his cross from deep is too close to Theo who holds comfortably.
Brisbane counter attack and retain possession around the top of the penalty area.
Cleared out for a throw by Troisi.
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Berisha breaks the deadlock!
Geria turned the ball over to McKay on the left touchline and McKay hit it first time to Berisha.
Berisha ran away from Contreras like he wasn't there...feigned to cut in when he reached Ansell, then went out to the left.
He shot to the near post and beat Coe!
Roar into the lead!
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Finkler and Troisi with a one-two through the left side of the area after some dogged work to keep the ball from going behind for a goal kick.
They win a corner.
But Theo is allowed to rise uncontested and punch the corner away.
It's been a common theme tonight that Theo has been able to get a clean jump with little physical pressure at set pieces.
Brattan is fouled at the end of the passage of play and stays down sore...he's able to run it off.
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Victory with a rare second-half venture forward but it breaks down as Troisi gives away a foul wide on the right.
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Ball through the left hand side by Broich finds Berisha...he brings it down back to goal, turns and shoots straight into a sliding Ansell!
Out for a corner.
Broxham gets first head on the corner and is fouled by Berisha for his trouble.
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Traore fouls Franjic on the right flank.
It's heart-in-mouth stuff as referee Delovski calls him over for a talk.
He's the only player on the pitch to be booked and he's now committed two worrying fouls since!
It's just a talking too though and Traore is right to continue.
Tonight’s attendance at Suncorp: 28,350 #ALeagueFinals #mvfc — Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) April 27, 2014
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Troisi shoots from 20m outside the area...it sails high and wide
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Will we get a goal within the 90 or could this one be heading for extra time?
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No gilt-edged chances in that first half but a host of looks for both teams and neither could produce the magic required to break through.
Just the one yellow card, which went to Victory's Adama Traore.
Roar ended up taking control of the game in the last 10 minutes. Possession is now 56-44 Roar's way.
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One minute of stoppage time to end the first half.
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Franjic hits a long shot from 5m outside the area on the right! Smacks into the side of Ansell's head.
He bounces back to his feet to keep defending but it was a hard hit!
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Traore fouls Petratos from behind...dangerous from the only player currently on a yellow...but no second card. Just a roar free near half way.
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Victory breaking through the middle...Thompson to Troisi one-two...Troisi can't control the return pass and his lunge to control it fouls Steffanuto.
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Brisbane getting on top but it's only minor on the stat sheet...possession 52-48 Roar's way now.
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Roar pressing...passing around the top of the area...central to right...back to the middle...back to the right...Franjic into the area...Berisha offside. Flag goes up.
Conditions obviously very slippery and pitch condition fairly awful. Both trying to play through the slush but it's not easy #BRIvMVC — Sebastian Hassett (@sebth) April 27, 2014
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Flag goes up on Berisha as he advances through the left side but the referee hasn't heard it!
Berisha squares for Broich who falls as he shoots...and puts his shot wide of the top right corner!
It wouldn't have counted though...offside flag is seen and it's a free kick for Victory.
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Broich on the left...turns away from goal and swings onto his right...sliced out for a corner by Ansell!
It could have gone anywhere but fortunately for him, straight up and over the bar!
Bodies pile in going for the corner at the near post...Broich knocked over...out for another corner.
Taken by Petratos...to the back post and North does well to head it into the path of McKay.
Now a sweeping ball from the left flank...cleared from an advancing Petratos and out of the Victory defensive half.
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Broich in a two-on-one battle against Geria and Broxham on the left side of the penalty area.
Both Victory defenders trying to take the ball off him.
They succeed as Broich's best attempt to keep the ball sees him knock it out for a goal kick.
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Roar's possession style hasn't kicked into gear yet...Victory has a 51-49 edge through half an hour.
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Some pushing and angry words from McKay and Brattan after Finkler took exception to McKay's challenge in midfield.
Troisi came in to play peacemaker.
Both McKay and Finkler get a scolding from referee Delovski.
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Berisha played in through the left side of the area by Broich...he's chasing the ball away from goal on a diagonal though and Coe has the advantage coming out to take it at ground level.
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Finkler hits the right byline and sends a cross to Thompson at the back post...Franjic rises high to intervene and flick the ball out the back of the penalty area for a throw. Thompson was waiting next in line!
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Broich and Steffanuto combine on the left to keep the ball in.
Steffanuto's cross was not a good one but a poor touch from Ansell bundles it backwards and Victory scramble it out for a corner!
Petratos with the corner...Smith arrived at the far post but couldn't connect...deflected to the top of the area where Berisha is hassled off the ball amid shouts for a foul...not forthcoming, Victory clear their lines.
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Thompson to Troisi on the overlap down the left...perfect slide tackle from Franjic to take the ball away and get the last touch off Troisi to win a goal kick.
Franjic gets up and waves his arms at the fans...they respond with a cheer.
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Finkler concedes a foul but Thompson breaks up Brisbane's attempt to play in quickly. No booking. Referee Delovski comes in to calm things down.
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Ball is hugging the broadcast-side touchline. A lot of throw-ins. Defensive organisation is the top priority for both sides now after a few chances in the first 10 minutes.
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Barbarouses tries to shoot through a pack on the left side of the penalty area and buys a corner as it's deflected out.
Finkler swings it in...Theo rises uncontested to claim.
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Victory retaining possession on the right side but Roar has set up to keep them out of the penalty area.
Troisi gets trapped in a one-on-three and eventually turns the ball over for a throw.
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Still nervy in the Roar defence.
Troisi hits a first-time shot from the right after a lay-off at the top of the area by Thompson but it's straight at Theo.
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Troisi's cross from deep on the right is turned behind for a corner.
Troisi takes...Ansell gets first head but he couldn't get over the ball...he slides off his head and across the face out for a goal kick.
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Loose touch from Smith at left back opens the door for Barbarouses to steal the ball!
Theo was already off his line and dived at Barbarouses' feet to block the ball away!
Nearly a gift for Melbourne.
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First yellow card of the night for Adama Traore for a foul in midfield on Franjic.
A TV replay shows McKay wrestling with Broxham off the ball after the two had taken each other to ground. Getting started early on the niggle.
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Outlandish! Petratos nearly scores with a backheel after turning 360 degrees!
A cross came in from the right from Smith and Petratos blind-turned into the ball and backheeled it just wide of the right-hand post.
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Free kick to Brisbane in a dangerous position 10m from the area on the left.
Swung into the area by Brattan but it's overhit...through the back of the area out for a goal kick. A waste.
Pretty small contingent of Victory fans. Self-proclaimed mantle as world's greatest supporters now assumed by Wanderers? #BRIvMVC #aleague — Mike Tuckerman (@Mike_Tuckerman) April 27, 2014
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A reminder that if we're level after 90 minutes we'll have two 15-minute halves of extra time. Still level and we head to penalties.
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The penultimate game of the A-League season is underway!
Both teams in their home kits for today's match. Roar in Orange with black trimming, black shorts and orange socks with black hoop. Victory in navy with white V, navy shorts with white trim and navy socks with white rings.
This could be Besart Berisha's last game for the Roar if they lose. The Albanian will be heading to Melbourne Victory next season. Expect the odd conspiratorial reaction if he puts in a shocker or falters at a decisive moment.
Teams out of the tunnel.
Rain falling steadily at Suncorp but it doesn't appear to have hurt the crowd.
Anybody else think Bes will be shackled up today? He plays off his aggression which will be reserved against his new club. #ALeagueFinals — ben williams (@BenitoWill) April 27, 2014
With Victory interstate the biggest game in Victoria today was the derby between former NSL clubs South Melbourne & Melbourne Knights. South won 1-0.
Confirmation that if Melbourne Victory advances today, the grand final next Sunday will be at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. A huge travelling Victory contingent and the Western Sydney fanbase could potentially combine for the biggest A-League crowd ever recorded.
If Brisbane advances then the grand final will be at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday.
Tonight's teamsheets. Come on boys! #ALeagueFinals pic.twitter.com/uivg7yUhoH — Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) April 27, 2014
Light drizzle in Brisbane. Who does it suit more? #BRIvMVC #aleague #ALeagueFinals pic.twitter.com/eqxhZjZUl6 — Ancelottery (@Ancelottery) April 27, 2014
Western Sydney Wanderers are waiting in next week's grand final but will be without Mark Bridge.
Read the full report from Seb Hassett HERE
1. COE Nathan, 2. CONTRERAS Pablo, 3. TRAORE Adama, 4. ANSELL Nick, 5. MILLIGAN Mark, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 7. FINKLER Guilherme, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 10. THOMPSON Archie, 14. TROISI James, 25. GERIA Jason
Bench: 13. NABBOUT Andrew, 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. JEGGO James, 20. THOMAS Lawrence, 31. MURNANE Dylan
Teams are in for tonight's match.
1. THEO Michael, 2. SMITH Matthew, 3. STEFFANUTO Shane, 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 7. BERISHA Besart, 11. MILLER Liam, 13. NORTH Jade, 17. McKAY Matt, 18. BRATTAN Luke, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri.
Bench: 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 15. DONACHIE James, 16. SOLORZANO Jean Carlos, 20. ACTON Matthew