Melbourne City’s shock loss keeps premiership race alive

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Melbourne City became victim to potentially their biggest upset of the season after losing 2-0 to last-placed Perth Glory in what should have been City’s game to secure the Premiers’ Plate.

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City had to await the result of Western United, who played only hours earlier, their fixture which ended in a 1-1 draw meant all City had to do was secure three points in Perth.

The Melbourne side had not played an ALM game in almost one month and remained undefeated outside of Victoria up until Wednesday night’s fixture against Glory.

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Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo insisted his side were unaware of Western’s result and implied that City’s performance did not resemble playing to secure the plate that night.

“We didn’t know what happened in the previous game, it wasn’t spoken about”, he said.

“We played the game as normal and just concentrated on ourselves.”

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The bar was high for the reigning champions to leave with the title for the second time running, but to the joy of Western and Melbourne Victory, they managed to bottle it in Perth – leaving the plate race alive.

Western and Victory sit tied on 45 points as City lead by one, it will be down to the wire, creating an entertaining end to what has been a decaying season.

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While there are calls among fans to have the fixtures played simultaneously, the key final round fixtures will be played one after the other, with Victory in action on Saturday, Western on Sunday and City on Monday.

Also up for grabs is the Golden Boot, City’s Jamie Maclaren leads at 14 goals, Beka Mikeltadze follows with 13, while Mathew Leckie, Craig Goodwin, Aleksandar Prijovic and Jason Cummings all tally nine goals.

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But with all players belonging to the sides who feature in games over the coming week, anything could happen as Maclaren chases his fourth golden boot and third consecutive year as the competition’s top goalscorer.

While City’s chances of getting their hands on the Premiers’ Plate rests on the fixtures before their own, they will need to pull themselves together following an appalling night in Perth.

Feature Image credit: Melbourne City FC

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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