Last touch of the game secures memorable Western victory

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A ten-man Western United have grabbed a thrilling 4-3 win over Melbourne Victory with a 95th minute winner at Marvel Stadium.

The match began as a physical encounter with Western United doing most of the early attacking.

Besart Berisha had the game’s opening chance as he forced Max Crocombe to make a reflex save from close range.

Robbie Kruse had an opportunity at the other end, but his left-footed shot was blocked by Tomislav Uskok.

Callum McManaman opened the scoring for Melbourne Victory in the 21st minute after applying a first-time finish to Storm Roux’s cross.

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As Western United pushed for an equaliser, Iker Guarrotxena saw his header rebound off the crossbar.

Within a matter of seconds, Crocombe denied Berisha’s point-blank attempt with another reflex reaction.

Rudy Gestede had a chance to double Victory’s lead against the flow, but his header also came off the crossbar.

Following sustained pressure, Victor Sanchez made it 1-1, producing Western’s equaliser after finding the bottom right corner from the edge of the box.

The second half started off much like the first, with Dylan Pierias forcing Crocombe into a fingertip save from long-range.

Western’s goal came soon after, courtesy of Berisha’s close range header which proved too strong for Crocombe to parry.

Berisha found his way onto the scoresheet again, after heading home Diamanti’s cross at the back post.

Jacob Butterfield responded with an instant goal of his own for the hosts, as his shot outside the box flew into the top left corner.

In another blow for the visitors, Tomislav Uskok received a second yellow for halting the run of Kruse near the touchline.

As Victory pushed, Rudy Gestede had his second big chance, but his header went straight at Filip Kurto.

Butterfield nearly made it a double, if not for Ivan Vujica’s goal-line clearance.

Victory’s equaliser finally came, as Gestede powered home Dalibor Markovic’s cross.

The game was turned on it’s head with the last attack of the game as Sanchez powered home a 95th minute winner for Western United.

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This is Melbourne Victory’s fourth defeat in five games, while Western now sit seventh on the A-League ladder.

Melbourne Victory: 3 (McManaman 21′, Butterfield 62′, Gestede 82′)
Western United: 4 (Sanchez 42′, 90+5, Berisha 53′, 58′)

Melbourne Victory: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Storm ROUX, Dalibor MARKOVIC, Leigh BROXHAM (Zaydan BELLO 68’), Aaron ANDERSON, Jake BRIMMER, Callum McMANAMAN (Elvis KAMSOBA 89’), Birkan KIRDAR (Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO 60’), Jacob BUTTERFIELD, Robbie KRUSE, Rudy GESTEDE
Subs: Matt ACTON (GK), Zaydan BELLO, Matthew BOZINOVSKI, Jay BARNETT, Elvis KAMSOBA, Brandon LAUTON, Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO
Subs:

Western United: Filip KURTO (GK), Tomoki IMAI, Connor PAIN (Nicolas MILANOVIC 84’), Tomislav USKOK, Aaron CALVER, Victor SANCHEZ, Dylan PIERIAS (Lachlan WALES 73’), Iker GUARROTXENA (Ivan VUJICA 68’), Steven LUSTICA (Jerry SKOTADIS 83’), Besart BERISHA, Alessandro DIAMANTI
Subs: Ryan SCOTT, Ivan VUJICA, Luke DUZEL, Jerry SKOTADIS, Nicolas MILANOVIC, Kaine SHEPPARD, Lachlan WALES

Referee: Ben Abraham

Venue: Marvel Stadium

Feature Image Credit: Western United

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
Bogdan Vlasyuk
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