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Key Events

90' + 3'
M. Oxborrow
T. Kristensen
90' + 2'
E. Muscat
B. Fornaroli
Goal
89'
B. Schenkeveld
Yellow Card
86'
C. Brown
C. O'Toole
77'
N. Fitzgerald
D. Arzani
73'
C. Gameiro
F. Ben Khalfallah
65'
É. Bauthéac
Yellow Card
Goal
54'
J. Pepper
Yellow Card
45'
D. Arzani
Yellow Card
40'
D. Vidošić
Yellow Card
Kick Off
2
3
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
8
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 9 0
Total Passes 499 364

Commentary

FULL TIME - CITY 2-0 BRISBANE: A dominant home performance sees Melbourne City into the semi final. Mauk and Fitzgerald the goalscorers.
M. Oxborrow
T. Kristensen
Brisbane Roar
90' + 3' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - Oxborrow replaces Kristensen.
E. Muscat
B. Fornaroli
Melbourne City
90' + 2' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Muscat replaces Fornaroli.
90' + 2' Melbourne City will play against Newcastle in the semi final next Friday night.
Goal
90' + 1' GOAL CITY - Fitzgerald heads home from close range after Vidosic's cross. Game over. 
90' + 1' Mauk tries to place the finish home but he puts it straight into Young's arms.
90' There will be four minutes of added on time.
B. Schenkeveld
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
89' YELLOW CITY - Schenkeveld goes into the book for a poor challenge.
88' City have dropped deep for the final stages.
C. Brown
C. O'Toole
Brisbane Roar
86' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - O'Toole is replaced by Brown.
83' CHANCE! Fornaroli slips Vidosic through on goal but he clips his shot just wide of the post. That was close to game over.
83' Only seven minutes to go. Can City hold on? The Roar are coming.
81' CHANCE! Hingert has a crack at goal from outside area but it rolls just wide. 
80' Mauk goes down in the area but the referee says no penalty. VAR is checking
79' Mauk clears the corner at the near post.
78' This is their time to get back in the game.
78' Brisbane have had 75% possession in the last 10 minutes.
N. Fitzgerald
D. Arzani
Melbourne City
77' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Arzani is taken off for Fitzgerald.
76' The corner is swung in, Bouzanis comes and misses it but City eventually clear. That was awkward.
75' Corner for Roar. Bautheac to take.
75' Nick Fitzgerald is about to come on to the field.
C. Gameiro
F. Ben Khalfallah
Brisbane Roar
73' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - The anonymous Khalfallah is withdrawn for Corey Gameiro.
73' CHANCE! Maccarone heads wide from Bautheac's corner. Wow. He should have scored. That might have been their chance.
72' Hingert flings in the cross but Schenkeveld clears for a corner.
70' Bautheac delivers the ball in from the right, Maccarone tries to volley it home but his attempt bounces wide.
70' Might be time for Brisbane to make a change. It appears Gameiro is warming up.
68' Vidosic shapes to shoot outside the area but Kristensen makes a good challenge to deny the chance.
67' City look more likely to get a second than Brisbane to equalise.
É. Bauthéac
Yellow Card
Brisbane Roar
65' YELLOW ROAR - Bautheac goes into the book after fouling Jamieson.
64' Maccarone finds space in the area, he tries to go past an opponent, goes down but Gillett waves calls away. That was their first chance in the box.
63' Will the floodgates open now City have scored? Or can Brisbane fight their way back into the game?
62' SAVE! Arzani plays a one-two with Fornaroli, shoots at the near post but Young gets down to make another great stop. 
62' The goal has been coming for a while.
Goal
59' GOAL CITY - Hingert gives the ball away unnecessarily. Fornaroli profits. He slides the ball into the area and Mauk arrives to slam it home. Deserved lead for Melbourne City.
58' Vidosic tries to slip through Jamieson but the touch is heavy and Hingert butters up.
55' Arzani tries to head home at the back post but he puts it wide. Great cross from Vidosic.
J. Pepper
Yellow Card
Brisbane Roar
54' YELLOW ROAR - Pepper is booked for chopping down Fornaroli.
52' Arzani gets to the byline once more but misdirects his pull back and Roar clear.
50' Brisbane attack. Maccarone tries to swing it in but Bautheac is offside. That was better from the Roar.
48' Arzani skins a couple of defenders but can't quite squeeze the ball to a teammate in the area. He has looked dangerous tonight.
47' Brattan has returned to the field for the second half. A bit of a surprise. He looked lame at the end of the first half.
45' SECOND HALF - The ball has been kicked off and we are underway.
HALF TIME - CITY 0-0 BRISBANE: The home side have huffed and puffed but failed to take the lead. This game is still up for grabs.
45' + 3' Brattan goes for goal, pulls up proppy and it the shot goes into Young's arms. We won't see Brattan again in this match.
45' + 2' Atkinson is fouled by Franjic. Delivery to come into the penalty area.
45' + 1' There will be two minutes of added on time.
D. Arzani
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
45' YELLOW CITY - Arzani catches Bautheac late and goes into the book.
44' Arzani plays for a free kick on the edge of the area but Gillett waves away his pleas.
42' Just over three minutes to go. Brisbane holding firm. Aloisi will be keen for the half-time whistle to go.
D. Vidošić
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
40' YELLOW CITY - Vidosic is the first man booked for a poor challenge.
39' Atkinson fires the cross in, Fornaroli tries to side foot home but it's blocked. City have another flurry of chances.
39' Arzani gets around Franjic, attacks the byline but his cross into the six-yard box is cleared. He is looking dangerous.
38' Brattan appears to be moving okay at the moment.
37' Brattan has limped back on to the field of play. Not sure how long he will last.
35' Luke Brattan is down on the deck. Looks like he needs to come off. Possibly a thigh injury.
34' Ben Khalfallah gets out the back after Henrique's flick, he looks for a teammate, doesn't see one, has a crack but fires well wide. Brisbane get their first shot.
33' Maccarone clears Brattan's free kick at the front post.
32' Bautheac concedes a free kick. Brattan to whip a delivery in.
31' Ben Khalfallah looks for Maccarone but the header is way over the bar and the Italian was offside anyway.
31' Brisbane win a free kick in their half.
30' Six shots to zero in favour of the home side also.
29' Melbourne City have had 65% possession so far. It's complete domination.
29' CHANCE! Jamieson clips the ball into the box, Malik rises unmarked but heads wide. What a chance. He hits the target he scores.
28' Jamieson has stepped up to the plate...
28' Maccarone brings down Fornaroli and it will be a free kick in a dangerous position.
25' CHANCE! Fornaroli rolls the defender and fires a ball across the six-yard box, it deflects to Arzani, who blasts the shot over the bar from close range. It did take a bobble at the last second.
24' Brattan has two cracks at the corner. The second delivery is too deep to the back post and is cleared for a throw on the opposite side.
24' Atkinson feeds Fornaroli but Pepper gets a toe in and it's a corner.
21' Fornaroli rolls O'Toole in the penalty area and tries to wriggle past but Franjic gets back to snuff out the danger. That's another warning sign for Brisbane.
20' But they still aren't holding the ball or applying any pressure. Their counter attacks are falling apart straight away too.
18' Roar have done well to stifle City despite their possession in the last five minutes.
15' City have been getting numbers forward while Brisbane have been sitting deep to counter.
13' Brisbane are failing to maintain any possession or create pressure so far in the game.
13' Arzani gets around three defenders, the ball breaks to him at the top of the area, but he scuffs his outside-foot shot and it rolls into Young's arms.
11' Brattan loops in the delivery, Vidosic nods it toward goal at the back post but it bounces harmlessly wide.
11' Vidosic earns a corner with the ball coming off Bautheac. Good chase by the Roar winger.
9' Melbourne City starting to assert their dominance.
9' The Roar defence back away from Fornaroli, he goes for the top corner but it doesn't bend back and spears wide. 
8' Brattan whips in the corner but it's scrambled clear by the Roar defence.
8' Top start by Jamie Young.
7' SAVE! Young again to the rescue. The corner from Brattan came in, Bozanic got there first but Young smothers the header and it's another corner.
7' SAVE! Arzani tries to bamboozle his way through the defence, the ball falls to Vidosic, whose shot is palmed away from Young. Regulation save. City applying pressure.
5' Bozanic turns and fires a low shot at goal from outside the area but it fizzes well wide of the right post.
4' Brisbane get a chance to counter but Bautheac misses his pass after charging down the right and the attach is thwarted.
3' Brattan whips in the corner but Maccarone rises to clear at the front post.
3' The ball comes off Kristensen and it's a corner for City...
2' City are dominating possession early but haven't created any opportunities.
1' Tonight's referee is Jarred Gillett.
1' FIRST HALF - The ball has been kicked off and we are underway.
Players are about to make their way out on to the pitch.
Melbourne City have lost only one of their last five games against Brisbane Roar (W2, D2), and will be hunting for consecutive wins against them for the first time since winning all three of their meetings in 2014/15.
Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young has a 73% save percentage this season, the best of any keeper to have played more than twogames.
Melbourne City have won just two of their previous six finals games in the A-League, failing to find the backof the net on three occasions in that time.
The Roar are missing several key defenders including Luke Devere, Jade North and Daniel Bowles, meaning Jacob Pepper and Connor O'Toole are paired at the heart of defence.
Some key injuries for both teams. Michael Jakobsen is missing from the heart of City's defence. For Roar, Brett Holman doesn't get up meaning Henrique starts in the no.10 role.
There is no tomorrow for one of these teams. Melbourne City are favourites at home but have been known to bottle finals before.
TEAMS - BRISBANE ROAR (4-2-3-1): Young; Franjic, O'Toole, Pepper, Hingert; McKay, Kristensen; Bautheac, Henrique, Ben Khalfallah; Maccarone. SUBS - White, Brown, Oxborrow, Akbari, Gameiro.
TEAMS - MELBOURNE CITY (4-1-4-1): Bouzanis; Jamieson, Malik, Schenkeveld, Atkinson; Brattan; Vidosic, Mauk, Bozanic, Arzani; Fornaroli. SUBS - Galekovic, Muscat, Delbridge, Budzinski, Fitzgerald.
Welcome to AAMI Park for tonight's A-League Elimination Final between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar.
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