PERTH Glory will face Melbourne City again in the opening week of the finals, off the back of a crazy 5-4 win at home to close the A-League Premiership.
Glory, needing to win by four to steal a home final, led 4-1 with 15 minutes to go before winning 5-4.
It was a contest that commentator Simon Hill described as “crazy”.
“I think this is the maddest game I’ve seen in the A-League,” he declared in commentary.
“And I’ve seen a few.”
He added: “This is one of those A-League matches that will go down in the annals of history.
“A crazy evening.”
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A-League: Tim Cahill talks to Fox Sports moments after his side lost 4-5 to Perth Glory.
Glory started start well with a penalty from Diego Castro in the fifth minute. But City responded in the 21st with a classy finish from Tim Cahill. An Andy Keogh goal five minutes into the second half reignited Perth’s hopes with Chris Harold adding another in the 56th minute.
A Nebojsa Marinkovic free-kick with 15 minutes to go put Perth up 4-1 but City snuffed out their chances with Cahill’s second in the 80th minute before one to Nicolas Colazo in the 84th.
Adam Taggart’s goal for Perth in the 88th minute proved immaterial as did Nick Fitzgerald’s in injury time.
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That ensured City finished fourth to play at home either Friday night or Sunday against the fifth-place Glory.
Castro was proving particularly lively shaking off a calf injury for Glory. Taggart drew a foul on Neil Kilkenny in the penalty area after four minutes which Castro converted.
City settled when Bruce Kamau found Cahill at the top of the penalty area. After a couple of dribbles he delivered a smooth finish on his left-boot. Another terrific Castro pass put Keogh into some space in the 50th minute and he scored his 12th of the season.
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Harold replaced Richard Garcia and three minutes later scored with a header on a perfect cross from Josh Risdon to put Perth up 3-1.
It became 4-1 in the 75th thanks to a masterstroke from coach Kenny Lowe. Marinkovic was substituted just as a free-kick was awarded. The dead play specialist delivered a pearler from just outside the box leaving Perth needing just one more goal.
While Perth had the momentum, City delivered the killer blow in the 80th minute when Cahill slid in to give himself a brace for the night and great form heading into the finals.
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A-League: Neboja Marinkovic has nailed a stunning free kick against Melbourne City.
Originally published as ‘The maddest game of A-League I’ve seen’
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