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Stubborn Victory hold out Roar

Melbourne Victory have held Brisbane Roar scoreless on Saturday night at AAMI Park in a thrilling and tense match, which has given Adelaide United the Premiers Plate.

Brisbane needed a win to leapfrog Adelaide, however now find themselves in second place and requiring a Wellington draw or win on Sunday afternoon to finish in the top two.

The hosts made seven changes, with Besart Berisha being a notable absentee through suspension, while Tommy Oar replaced Brandon Borrello in the starting line-up for the visitors.

Matt McKay had the first major chance of the match in the 2nd minute, however he failed to tap in from a metre out.

Guilherme Finkler fired a shot from outside the box in the 6th minute into Jamie Young.

Brisbane came close in the 25th minute when Tommy Oar blasted his shot into the side netting.

Jack Hingert had an immediate chance after the break from the edge of the box, however Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas did well to keep the ball out.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Apr 9, 2016, 7:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 20,012Referee Peter Green

Melb. Victory

Yellow Card33′ J.GeriaYellow Card56′ S.NigroYellow Card90′ C.Pain

Brisbane

Yellow Card45′ T.Oar

Brisbane had a great chance to break the deadlock in the 59th minute after Jamie Maclaren broke away and found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Thomas, however Thomas once again prevented the chance.

Melbourne Victory nearly scored in the 70th minute when Oliver Bozanic fired a shot from the edge of the box, only for the Brisbane defence to block the chance.

Lawrence Thomas stood strong again in the 77th minute, after he did well to save Henrique’s low shot.

A minute later, a free Steven Lustica blasted his shot to the left of the goal.

Late in the half, the Victory pressured Brisbane’s defence with a series of corners, however could not find the scoresheet.

Brisbane nearly scored the winner in the 90th minute through James Donachie, however as was the case for the night, Lawrence Thomas played Superman and prevented the shot.

In the resulting attack, Guilherme Finkler blasted his low shot from outside the box to the right of the goal.

Despite many chances in the final stages of the match, Brisbane could not beat goalkeeper Thomas.

For Melbourne Victory, the draw means that they finish the 2015/16 season in 6th place, and face an Elimination Final next week, with their opponent yet to be determined.

 

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