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Australian Football: Brimmer gives Victory the advantage

Melbourne Victory hold a slender 1-0 advantage in the A-League semi-final against Western United thanks to a late wonder-strike from Jake Brimmer.

Victory are out to win the A-League grand final and even though there is still work to do to make the final, they will be happy to have the edge after the first leg.

Brimmer the star

With the game on a knife edge Brimmer stepped up in the 74th minute to fire home a stunning volley after goalkeeper Jamie
Young had punched a corner to the edge of the area.

The 24-year-old now has four goals in his last five games and boss Tony Popovic has saluted his performances for the team.

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"Jakey is doing something now that probably he needed in his game," Popovic said. "He's always assisted goals but now he's scoring and he's scoring in big games.

"We're very happy with how he's playing and hopefully he can produce another special moment on Saturday. He's always had the talent and now he's a lot more consistent in his play.

"He's one of the players in our squad that didn't miss (pre-season) training. He wanted to be the best every day. When you work that way and you have the talent Jakey has, the rewards can follow."

Tough game

Popovic says as expected it was a tough semi-final but he was delighted with the application of his players.

"It was a tough semi-final. It's what you expect, it was a real battle," Popovic added. "We had to be patient and it took a fantastic goal to do it but at half-time in a two-leg match, we've got the slight advantage."

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