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Roar produce A-League miracle over Victory

NZN 15/04/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar have done it again, clawing back from a goal down with just minutes remaining to beat Melbourne Victory 2-1 and keep their A-League finals hopes alive.

In yet another enthralling and unpredictable finals clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, the Roar looked gone for all money when former fan favourite Besart Berisha scored from an 86th-minute corner to give the reigning champions the lead.

But as they have done so many times before, the Roar produced a comeback for the ages in front of 20,157 fans.

A minute after Berisha's goal, Brisbane captain Matt McKay levelled the scores, managing to get a toe on a cross from Dimitri Petratos and guiding the ball past Victory gloveman Lawrence Thomas.

Then, veteran Thomas Broich rose highest to head home a corner kick from Corona with just one minute of added time remaining.

The Roar will now face second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers next weekend at Pirtek Stadium, and the winner will move through to the A-League grand final.

For Victory, their season is over.

A week on from frustrating the Roar out of Premiers' Plate contention in a scoreless stalemate at AAMI Park, they received a taste of their own medicine.

Melbourne completely bossed the first half, taking 10 shots to Brisbane's zero, but went into the break with nothing to show for it.

It seemed as if the occasion might have gotten to the Roar's usually slick midfield unit, which struggled to string together passes and repeatedly coughed up possession, with veteran Corona surprisingly the biggest culprit.

Victory's dominance continued into the second half, but a second yellow card to Jason Geria in the 83rd minute reduced them to 10 men and swung the momentum Brisbane's way.

But even after Berisha's goal, Aloisi said he still believed the Roar could win.

"It's the spirit of the club, the character of the players," he said.

"They've shown in the past and this season - we never give up, we go right to the end.

"To do it again like that was brilliant for the fans and for the players."

Victory coach Kevin Muscat said he was "shattered" for his players.

"I don't think we deserved that tonight. We were very good," he said.

"We were the better team but it can be a cruel game sometimes and it's certainly one of those nights tonight.

"For the season to finish like it has for us tonight, I'm gutted."

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