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Late goal seals Premiership for Brisbane

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It looked like it was going to take another week but a late goal has sealed the Premiership for Brisbane Roar as they managed a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

With Victory looking to put a firmer hold on second place and the Asian Champions League place that comes with it, and Brisbane looking to seal the premiership it was a tight but entertaining match that saw the league leaders settle first.

It was the 11th minute when Brisbane’s first chance came as Henrique hit a shot from distance that moved in the air, forcing a good save out of Lawrence Thomas, who also responded quickly to cover Dimitri Petratos’ rebound.

The opener should have come just moments later as Diogo Ferreira found Liam Miller but his shot selection was poor, sending it right at Thomas who was able to block the shot.

Thomas Broich showed his class throughout the match and very nearly set up the opener himself as he bamboozled the Victory defense and crossed to the far post but Henrique lacked the height to get any power on the header allowing Thomas to make another save.

It was then Victory who started coming back in to the match, and unsurprisingly Tom Rogic was at the heart of it for the visitors, as he set up Kosta Barbarouses, who was able to cut back for James Troisi but Michael Theo reacted fastest and kept the ball out, keeping it scoreless at the break.

Brisbane continued to see the bulk of possession after half-time but were struggling to do anything with it, not getting a chance until the 60th minute when Miller played Henrique through only to be denied by some quick goalkeeping from Thomas.

The goalkeepers were showcasing their skills with Theo rushing off his line to stop Barbarouses before Thomas saved Hingert’s effort but dropped it allowing Henrique a chance that he couldn’t put away.

Broich was at the heart of Brisbane’s next two chances, with time running out as he played to Miller in space but his effort went over the bar, before he went on his own, making a great run but his shot could only find the post.

Just when it looked like the champagne would stay on ice, Luke Brattan sealed the title in the second minute of stoppage time as he hit a strike from distance worthy of winning the title hitting a powerful strike low and hard leaving Thomas with no chance.

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