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Roar, City to host first A-League finals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017 Emma Kemp

Brisbane will host Western Sydney and Melbourne City will welcome Perth in week one of the A-League finals series.

As expected, the Roar and City retained their top-four spots to earn home elimination finals at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night and AAMI Park on Sunday night respectively.

Wins for the Wanderers and City would set up Sydney and Melbourne derbies for the semi-finals.

Premiers Sydney FC and second-placed Melbourne Victory were already guaranteed a week off before hosting their semi-finals in a fortnight.

But jostling among third to six extended until the end of an exciting final regular-season round.

The Roar snuck into third courtesy of a comeback from two goals down to pip Wellington 4-3.

If that was thrilling, the Glory's 5-4 victory over City directly after was madness.

Kenny Lowe's side came within a single goal of the four-goal win needed to snake fourth spot when they went up 4-1 with 10 minutes to play.

But City responded late, raining down on their western rivals to hold on and set up a tantalising replay of last season's elimination final at the same venue, won 2-0 by City.

A-LEAGUE FINALS: WEEK ONE

Friday, April 21 - Brisbane (3rd) v Western Sydney (6th) at Suncorp Stadium - 7:50pm (AEST)

Sunday, April 23 - Melbourne City (4th) v Perth (5th) at AAMI Park - 7:00pm (AEST)

A-LEAGUE FINALS: WEEK TWO

Sydney FC (1st) v lowest-ranked qualifier, details TBC

Melbourne Victory (2nd) v highest-placed qualifier, details TBC

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