Melbourne City have cruised past Brisbane Roar in a comfortable 2-0 elimination final win at AAMI Park on Friday night.

In a comprehensive one-way display City enforced the game on their terms as Roar couldn’t reply with decent chances of their own – coming up with zero shots on target for the whole game.

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City put the pressure on all night and the link up play between Bruno Fornaroli and Daniel Arzani was a highlight as they worked well inside the box. From the 70th minute it looked like Roar could mount a comeback into the match with an accumulation of corners, but those were simply not enough and they couldn’t test Dean Bouzanis in City’s goal with clear-cut opportunities.

City had everything their way in the first half apart from a goal, but they eventually opened the scoring through Stefan Mauk’s top corner finish with just under an hour gone. Fornaroli created a turnover from Jack Hingert and then found Mauk for his first time finish.

City did their best to close the game out and it took until stoppage time for Nick Fitzgerald to add the cherry on top with an emphatic header. Roar worked hard to stay within reach but in the end City dealt with their rare attacks well enough and for the most part Roar were doing most of the chasing.

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In a nutshell Roar just didn’t perform despite some promise leading into their finals campaign and instead City look forward to their semi-final berth.

Melbourne City 2 (Mauk 59′, Fitzgerald 90+1′)
Brisbane Roar 0

AAMI Park (7,757)

Referee: Jarred GILLETT
Assistant Referees: Paul CETRANGOLO & Daniel ILIEVSKI
Fourth Offical: Kris GRIFFITHS-JONES

Melbourne City
1. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 3. JAMIESON Scott (c), 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 6. MALIK Osama, 8. BOZANIC Oliver, 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 13. MAUK Stefan, 14. ARZANI Daniel (7. FITZGERALD Nick 77′), 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (2. MUSCAT Emmanuel 90+2′), 26. BRATTAN Luke, 37. ATKINSON Nathaniel.
Substitutes: 4. DELBRIDGE Harrison, 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 27. BUDZINSKI Marcin.

Brisbane Roar
7. KRISTENSEN Thomas (16. OXBORROW Mitchell 90+3′), 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid (11. GAMEIRO Corey 73′), 17. MCKAY Matthew (c), 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK), 22. BAUTHEAC Eric, 24. O’TOOLE Connor (5. BROWN Corey 86′), 33. HENRIQUE, 77. FRANJIC Ivan.
Substitutes: 25. AKBARI Rahmat, 31. WHITE Brendan (GK).

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.