Besart Berisha’s finish has secured Melbourne Victory a 2-1 win over Adelaide United at AAMI Park and into a replay of last season’s grand final against Sydney FC next week.
The veteran has come under fire this season by the critics for losing pace and being less clinical, but when push comes to shove the Kosovo international has proved he has still got what it takes with his eighth straight goal in finals.
“I’m very happy with that. This is why Victory brought me here,” he said on Fox Sports.
“I want to be there for the team, for the club, I want to make sure I score the goals, especially in the tough moments like this, when we go down 1-0.
“It’s so important for this club to be in the finals and this is why I’m here and I’m so happy that every game I can prove that.”
Berisha said he thrived on the pressure of finals football.
“I love these kinds of games. I’m not afraid about these games, I go very positive in these games,” he said.
“I love these games, this is why I play this game and I take nothing for granted. If I had a chance to play a final, I’ll do everything to win.”
The spectators had been stunned into silence in the 57th minute as Adelaide went ahead through Nikola Mileusnic.
But then Kosta Barbarouses twisted in and then out on the right flank before dinking a cross into the middle, where Leroy George headed in the equaliser in the 63rd minute.
Just as it looked like the game would go into extra time, Berisha conjured up a brilliant winner from an acrobatic strike.
Victory will now play Sydney on Saturday 28th April with the winner of that match will advancing to face the victor of Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City, who will have played their match 24 hours earlier.