Jake Brimmer has spared Melbourne Victory’s blushes with a late double to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory over Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
Against his former side, the midfielder scored two goals in the space of five minutes with his late penalty sending the 7,018 strong crowd into delirium.
Perth thought they had the game sealed when Bruno Fornaroli’s 61st minute header gave them the lead as Victory looked likely to lose their third game in three to open the season.
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Brimmer was unlucky to not have opened his Victory account against his former side with Velaphi forcing the effort onto the woodwork in the 28th minute.
Perth pushed for the opener only minutes later as Neil Kilkenny and Bruno Fornaroli linked up brilliantly with the latter unable to beat Max Crocombe from close-range.
After the break, Brimmer got on the end of a tremendous pass from Jacob Butterfield but yet again was denied by Velaphi.
The Glory made the Victory pay only five minutes later as Carlo Armiento’s deep cross found Fornaroli’s head at the back-post to open the scoring.
Victory’s push for an equaliser was rewarded after Brimmer latched onto a cross from Adama Troare to tie the game on 85 minutes.
Minutes later, Victory was awarded a penalty after Josh Rawlins handled the ball inside the area with Brimmer dispatching the resulting penalty to the adoration of the raucous Victory faithful.
Jake Brimmer had his coming-of-age performance.
The former Liverpool youth-product and Perth Glory midfielder was everywhere and his hard-work and near-misses were rewarded with a late double – his first goals in the A-League.
Brimmer was in the right place at the right time to dispatch the equaliser and coolly put the ball past Velaphi to seal the win.
BRUNO BAGS ANOTHER AT AAMI
It wasn’t long ago when Bruno Fornaroli called AAMI Park home.
The Uruguayan, who scored 46 goals for Victory’s cross-town rivals Melbourne City was back in his familiar surroundings and doing what he does best – punishing oppositions.
Fornaroli’s nose for goal has not wavered, picking up a great position inside the opposing six-yard box.
Unfortunately for ‘El Tuna’ his header was not enough to get Perth back on the winners list.
When Robbie Kruse is firing, the Victory are an infinitely better side.
Despite his career being plagued by injuries, the immensely talented forward has still got a lot to offer at age 32.
The 75-time capped Socceroo was on fire and unlucky on numerous occasions not to open his account for the season.
Victory fans will be holding out hope he can not only put his injury woes behind him but add another dimension to the side’s star-studded attack.