Relive 2016’s sensational 5-4 semi final


It was one of the most astonishing, entertaining and frankly ridiculous Hyundai A-League Finals Series games of all time. And this Friday night, roughly a year later, we get the rematch.

GALLERY: Relive 2016’s sensational semi final

One year on, we relive last year’s extraordinary Finals Series clash between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium.


Brisbane went bang, bang, bang.

Dimi Petratos opened the scoring with a 16th minute penalty, before the man who had given it away – Spanish defender Andreu – completed a miserable first 20 minutes by scoring a comical own-goal.

Jamie Maclaren made it 3-0 inside 24 minutes with a deflected effort.

3-0 DOWN, 4-3 UP

Enter Western Sydney’s Dutch saviour, Romeo Castelen.

First, he blasted in a free-kick to get Wanderers on the board.

Then, after Brendon Santalab had reduced the deficit to 3-2 at half-time, the Dutchman equalised, firing into the roof of the net from close range.

And he had his hat-trick after 59 minutes, unleashing a brilliant volley from outside the box to give his side a scarcely believable lead.


A shell-shocked Brisbane went to the bench to find a way back into a game they must have thought they had in the bag.

Substitutes Hervas and Tommy Oar combined to release another replacement Henrique down the left.

His scuffed shot rolled across the face of goal perfectly into the path of Maclaren, who stroked it into an empty net to make it 4-4 and force extra-time.


Dario Vidosic had entered the game just before Maclaren’s equaliser.

Late in the first half of extra-time, his initial shot was parried by Roar keeper Neil Young.

Dario Vidosic scores the Wanderers' extra-time winner against Brisbane.

It was retrieved by Mark Bridge, who played the ball back into the middle where Vidosic was on hand to scoop it in high into the net from close range.


There has never been an A-League finals game like it.

Nine goals, some breath-taking attacking play, defensive howlers, amazing atmosphere, edge of your seat drama and an astonishing fightback.

That’s what finals football is all about.


* The nine goals scored was the highest number ever in a Hyundai A-League finals match.

* Maclaren’s brace made it seven goals in just four matches against the Wanderers, five of which came at Wanderland.

* The defeat for Brisbane was just their third in finals games in their last 10 matches.


Western Sydney Wanderers:  Redmayne (gk), Neville, Alberto, Topor-Stanley (c), Jamieson, Andreu (Baccus 114’), Dimas, Castelen, Nichols (Cole 91’), Santalab (Vidosic 78’)

Brisbane Roar:  Young (gk), Hingert, Donachie, North, Brown, Corona, McKay (c), Petratos (Hervas 58’), Borrello (Oar 73’), Maclaren, Broich (Henrique 63’)

Scorers:  Petratos 16’, Andreu (og) 20’, Maclaren 23’, Castelen 26’, Santalab 39’, Castelen 53’, Castelen 59’, Maclaren 81’, Vidosic 102’

It was devastation for the Roar players, who couldn't quite believe they had let a spot in the decider slip from their grasp.

Red cards:  Nil

Yellow cards:  North 25’, Dimas 42’, Santalab 62’

Conditions:  19C, Fine

Attendance:  20,084 @ Pirtek Stadium