The Brisbane Roar staged another exhilarating comeback to advance to the Hyundai A-League Semi Finals with a 2-1 victory over the Melbourne Victory.

Having controversially been allowed to play against his old side, Besart Berisha stunned the Roar late on but the home side replied with two late goals to to keep their championship hopes alive.

After the encounter between the two sides in March, Roar head coach John Aloisi spoke of the importance of riding out the Victory’s early wave of pressure.

It was a similar story on the night as the visitors stifled Brisbane’s attempts to play out from the back in the first 15 minutes and heaped on the pressure as they won the ball high up the pitch.

But they couldn’t make their early pressure count as Guilherme Finkler skewed horribly from a precise cut back and Kosta Barbarouses was denied by Jamie Young.

Lawrence Thomas performed heroics in goal six days ago to deny the Roar the Premiers Plate but wasn’t tested once in the first half.

The home side’s only highlight came after Corey Brown surged up the field and superbly played in Thomas Broich, only for the German to hit a dark blue shirt as he tried to play it into the box.

The Roar could not wake from their stupor after the interval and the Victory continued to have the better of the chances.

First Oliver Bozanic’s deflected long range effort just edged past the post and then Fahid Ben Khalfallah could not turn home Barbarouses’ sublime cross from close range after the hour mark.

But late in the second half the Roar flickered into life and the crowd urged them on as they finally began to string passes together and get shots on goal.

They were spurned on further after Jason Geria received his marching orders with ten minutes to play after receiving his second yellow card for cutting down Thomas Broich.

Just as the home side seemed to be in control and with the man advantage, a familiar face stunned them on the 86 minute mark.

Former Roar striker Berisha was left unmarked in the Brisbane area from a corner and he slid in to give the Victory a shock late lead.

But, just as it has happened so many times this season, Brisbane fired back at the death.

Skipper Matt McKay turned home Dimitri Petratos’ cross two minutes after conceding to level things up but they went a step further moments later.

Deep in added time Corona whipped in an inviting corner and Thomas Broich rose highest to nod home a dramatic winner.

The Roar travel to Western Sydney to face the Wanderers in the semi-finals next week.

BRISBANE ROAR: 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 15. DONACHIE James, 17. MCKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 24. OAR Thomas.

SUBS: 1. THEO Michael, 10. HENRIQUE, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 18. HERVAS Javier, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

MELBOURNE VICTORY: 2. GERIA Jason, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 7. FINKLER Guilherme, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 13. BOZANIC Oliver, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu, 20. THOMAS Lawrence, 21. VALERI Carl.

SUBS: 1. VUKOVIC Daniel, 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 4. ANSELL Nicholas, 10. THOMPSON Archie, 22. MAKAROUNAS Jesse.

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