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Key Events

90' + 5'
N. Atkinson
Yellow Card
90'
N. Cowburn
J. Hoffman
86'
D. Petratos
Yellow Card
85'
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
85'
B. Schenkeveld
Yellow Card
84'
L. Brattan
Yellow Card
81'
M. Budziński
O. Bozanić
81'
N. Fitzgerald
S. Mauk
75'
J. Hoffman
Goal
66'
J. Champness
R. Vargas
57'
R. McGree
Goal
54'
D. Arzani
Yellow Card
43'
R. Vargas
Yellow Card
42'
S. Mauk
Yellow Card
28'
G. Moss
J. Duncan
19'
S. Ugarković
Yellow Card
Own Goal
3
4
2
5

Stats

Possession
% %
9
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 1
Total Passes 296 380

Commentary

FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE JETS 2 - 1 MELBOURNE CITY FC. The Jets complete a comeback to send them to the Grand Final. But this game will be remembered for one thing, Riley McGree's freak goal! 
N. Atkinson
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
90' + 5' Yellow card Nathaniel Atkinson
90' + 1' City have a chance to equalise, it goes begging. A cross from Arzani beats everyone in the area until it bounces towards the forehead of Fitzgerald, but his header flashes over. It was a difficult one to control. Was that the last chance? Less than two minutes to go. 
N. Cowburn
J. Hoffman
Newcastle Jets
90' NEWCASTLE JETS SUB Hoffman, who stayed down after being fouled by Brattan, makes way for Nicholas Cowburn.
90' Four added minutes. 
D. Petratos
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
86' NEWCASLTE JETS YELLOW CARD Petratos was also in the book for his part in the disagreement between the two teams. 
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
85' NEWCASTLE JETS YELLOW CARD Hoffman was involved in the disagreement and is booked. 
B. Schenkeveld
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
85' MELBOURNE CITY YELLOW CARD Bart Schenkeveld for his role in the disagreement that ensues... 
L. Brattan
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
84' MELBOURNE CITY YELLOW CARD Brattan for a foul from behind, which causes a fracas. 
82' Arzani makes his way to the byline and finds Budzinski with the cross, but the latter cannot quite get his boot around it and the Jets are able to clear. 
M. Budziński
O. Bozanić
Melbourne City
81' MELBOURNE CITY SUB Marcin Budziński is on, replacing Bozanic. It's the first of a double sub. 
N. Fitzgerald
S. Mauk
Melbourne City
81' MELBOURNE CITY SUB Mauk is replaced by Nick Fitzgerald.
77' Bouzanis is forced into patting a Hoffman cross-cum-shot over the bar. 
J. Hoffman
Goal
Newcastle Jets
75' GOAL, NEWCASTLE JETS. NEWCASTLE JETS 2 - 1 MELBOURNE CITY FC. Champness' cross is weak but is not dealt with by Malik. He tries to control it on the edge of his six-yard area but knocks it only into the path of Hoffman, who slots it into the bottom corner from eight yards. 
73' Vidosic has an ounce of space out wide on the right and he lashes a shot, but it is over the bar. 
67' Hoffman latches on to a loose ball and swings a boot at it from the edge of the area, but it is just over the bar. 
J. Champness
R. Vargas
Newcastle Jets
66' NEWCASTLE JETS SUB Joey Champness replaces Vargas. The Jets want this game won in regulation time! 
63' Fornaroli receives the ball inside the area but his side-footed attempt is weak, a tired effort. It is blocked. 
R. McGree
Goal
Newcastle Jets
57' GOAL, NEWCASTLE JETS. NEWCASTLE JETS 1 - 1 MELBOURNE CITY FC. One of the craziest goals that has ever been scored in the Hyundai A-League! The ball is chipped towards McGree by Vargas, on the edge of the area, but the ball is behind him.  He flicks his heel at the ball, and volleys it in from 18 yards, the 'scorpion' as it has become to be known! 
D. Arzani
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
54' MELBOURNE CITY YELLOW CARD Arzani slides in and doesn't take the ball.  He is in the book. 
54' Petratos bends another beauty of a delivery into the area from the dead ball situation, but Topor-Stanley can't quite reach out to get the flick on to it. 
50' A ball over the top finds its way through to O'Donovan, who controls it on the run down the right channel, but he blazes his attempt high and wide. It would have been difficult to score from the angle he was forced out to. 
45' SECOND HALF KICK-OFF 
HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE JETS 0 - 1 MELBOURNE CITY FC. This game has been tense, but with chances at both ends.  45 minutes for the Jets to save their season... 
45' + 3' A free-kick that is all of 35 yards out is hit direct by Petratos, and it glances off the bar! 
45' Three added minutes. 
45' Koutroumbis receives the ball to the left side of the area from McGree. He dribbles inside before lashing a wild shot, that is high and wide of goal. 
R. Vargas
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
43' NEWCASTLE JETS YELLOW CARD Vargas' nasty challenge on Mauk is punished with a yellow card. His studs were showing, he may consider himself fortunate. 
S. Mauk
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
42' MELBOURNE CITY FC YELLOW CARD Mauk fouls McGree and mistimes it, he will go in the book. 
38' Petratos delivers another beauty of a set-piece, this time a corner. It's right on the head of Boogaard, at the back post, but he heads it right into the arms of Bouzanis. 
31' Hoffman escapes a couple of City defenders at the byline, making his way into the area, but his low cross is cut out and cleared. 
G. Moss
J. Duncan
Newcastle Jets
28' NEWCASTLE JETS SUB A distraught Duncan is helped from the field, on comes Glen Moss.
26' Jack Duncan is signalling the bench, he twisted his knee while making a clearance. A goalkeeper change is imminent! 
22' The referee signals play-on. City are bemused. 
21' The VAR is looking at a challenge on Arzani from Koutroumbis. Inside the area... 
S. Ugarković
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
19' YELLOW CARD NEWCASTLE JETS Ugarković is booked for fouling Arzani. 
17' The Jets almost hit back immediately. McGree cuts inside, on his left foot, outside the box but flashes his shot just over the bar. The keepr was well and truly beaten. 
Own Goal
13' GOAL, MELBOURNE CITY FC. NEWCASTLE JETS 0 - 1 MELBOURNE CITY FC. Topor-Stanley deflects Fornaroli's shot in after a cross from Dario Vidosic on the break. 
7' After a heavy tackle on Vargas by Scott Jamieson, Petratos bends in a beauty of a cross from the right wing and the dead ball situation. He places it right on the head of Jason Hoffman, who is inside the six-yard area, unmarked, and without needing to jump. He flashes his header over the bar. It's one of the worst misses of the season. 
5' Dimitri Petratos curls in a low cross from a free-kick midway through the City half. It evades everybody, and just evades the far post too. 
4' A stray elbow from Ronald Vargas on Daniel Arzani goes unpunished by the referee. You wonder whether the VAR might take a look, but play on. 
1' KICK-OFF The referee blows his whistle, we're underway in this semi-final! The away side do the honours. 
LINEUPS - MELBOURNE CITY FC - STARTING XI (4-2-3-1) - Bouzanis (GK), Jamieson, Schenkeveld, Malik, Atkinson, Brattan, Bozanic, Arzani, Vidosic, Mauk, Fornaroli. SUBS - Galekovic (GK), Delbridge, Muscat, Fitzgerald, Budzinski. 
LINEUPS - NEWCASTLE JETS - STARTING XI (4-3-3) - Duncan (GK), Georgievski, Topor-Stanley, Boogaard, Koutroumbis, Vargas, Ugarkovic, McGree, Petratos, O'Donovan, Hoffman. SUBS - Moss (GK), Jackson, Champness, Rodriguez, Cowburn. 
Melbourne City are undefeated in their last four games against Newcastle Jets (W3, D1), and have won seven of their last 11 meetings overall (D1, L3).
Newcastle Jets have won their last three Finals Series games at McDonald Jones Stadium and have only lost one Hyundai A-League post-season home match in their history, dating back to the inaugural season against Central Coast.
The Hyundai A-League semi-finals have arrived.  Newcastle Jets are bidding for a place in the Grand Final with a home tie against Melbourne City FC. A big crowd is expected is at McDonald Jones Stadium. 
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