Report: Western United win seven-goal thriller in Battle of the Bridge
Western United recorded one of its most famous ever wins, scoring a last-minute winner to defeat Melbourne Victory 4-3 at Marvel Stadium.
The home side opened the scoring as Callum McManaman finished off a clinical team move.
Tomoki Imai went close for United, directing his header on target but was unable to trouble Max Crocombe.
United had a glorious double chance soon after as Iker Guarrotxena’s powerful header rattled the crossbar before the follow-up cross was met by Berisha, whose header was palmed onto the post.
The Green and Black were finally rewarded for their dominance when Vïctor Sánchez fired in the equaliser.
The Spaniard cut onto his right foot before curling his shot into the bottom-right corner.
United found themselves in front shortly after the break as Alessandro Diamanti found Besart Berisha who headed past Crocombe.
It was déjà vu just minutes later as Diamanti put in another cross, against finding the head of Berisha. United’s number seven made no mistake, heading home his brace.
Against the run of play, the Victory managed to pull a goal back.
Jacob Butterfield’s powerful long-range effort curled past Filip Kurto to make it 3-2.
The drama continued almost immediately from the kick-off as Tomi Uskok was shown his second yellow for a trip on Robbie Kruse. It was United’s first-ever red card in their history.
The red card proved to be a momentum-swinger as Victory began to apply pressure to the United defence.
The home side ultimately broke through as Rudy Gestede headed past Kurto to level the scores.
United had the last laugh however, finding a late winner.
In the 95th and final minute of the match, the ball fell to Sánchez who put it into an empty net, sealing a memorable win for the Green and Black.
Melbourne Victory 3 (McManaman 21’, Butterfield 62’, Gestede 82’)
Western United 4 (Sánchez 42’, 95’, Berisha 53’, 95’)