League finals decided with Roar, City to host


Melbourne City are still picking their jaws up from the pitch after the "crazy game" that ended their home-and-away A-League season in disappointment.

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli concedes an elimination final exit to Perth Glory this weekend would be a failure for his team, and he's preaching a calmer approach after last Sunday's insane result in Perth.

City secured fourth position leaving Glory fifth, meaning their elimination final takes place at AAMI Park.

"A home final would have been good for us and we've only lost three games at home this season and two of those were to Sydney so that shows what a home advantage it is for us", Lowe said.

Two superb goals from Brett Holman have helped Brisbane overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Wellington Phoenix 4-3 and seal a home A-League final for the Roar.

It would also pave the way for City to play Victory in the semis.

"I don't think we can upstage AFL, (that) is number one in Australian football and that's very clear. We have to be absolutely focused in Perth Glory".

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While those fixtures have had their fair share of goals and drama, they had nothing on Sunday night's match at nib Stadium.

Despite their comeback, Fitzgerald said the overriding emotion was frustration for starting the match so slowly and missing the chance to finish third.

"Last Sunday was a insane game because we both need to win, Perth need to score a lot of goals, we needed to win for Asia so I expect a different game this Sunday", he said.

He said he'd trade a free-scoring game for a clean sheet.

"But what I do want to do is make sure we don't just open the door and let these other codes walk through".

A more defensive encounter is expected this time around after both teams chased big wins last week.

"If we've got our finals, we should be right behind our code and right behind our finals series". The game got off to a dramatic start with the hosts opening from the penalty spot inside the first five minutes.