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Harry Kewell’s retirement party was crashed by the Western Sydney Wanderers as they managed a 3-2 win over Melbourne Hear at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

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The match opened with Harry Kewell being given a guard of honor by both clubs as the crowd stood to applaud a legend of the Australian game.

Both teams attacked early in the match, with the Wanderers looking to seal second place, while Heart were looking to avoid the wooden spoon.

It was an entertaining opening to the match, but neither side was really able to capitalize until the 27th minute when a Shinji Ono free-kick dipped in for Nikolai Topor-Stanley to head home the opening goal.

Seven minutes later Heart drew level as Orlando Engelaar did it again, unleashing an impressive strike from distance that left Ante Covic with no chance.

That saw both teams try and push for a goal before half time but neither side proved capable of doing so as the teams went to the break level at one.

After a tight start to the half, which saw few chances, the Wanderers had a chance to restore their lead in the 67th minute as Jonatan Germano was judged to have fouled Mark Bridge, despite Bridge appearing not to have been touched by Germano.

That allowed Ono to step up to the spot but he blasted it too hard, and saw his effort hit the crossbar and go out, perhaps dealing out justice.

In the 72nd minute Heart made Western Sydney pay for that miss as Jason Hoffman made a great run through the Wanderers’ defense and took a shot, which deflected, catching out Ante Covic and putting the hosts in front.

In the 81st minute Western Sydney leveled the scores, although not without controversy as Jerome Polenz played a ball in for Brendan Santalab, who appeared to push down his defender to make space for the shot that he was able to score from.

Western Sydney wrapped things up as Melbourne Heart failed to clear, allowing Youssouf Hersi to send home the ball from the far post, wrapping up second place and a week off in the finals.


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