Bremer scored a great goal in the semi-final to seal the victory over United

A moment of Jake Bremer’s magic led Melbourne to a 1-0 victory over Western United and their two-legged A-League men advanced to the semifinals.

Bremer’s great, half-volley dipping from outside the box, after Jamie Young punched a corner clear, proved the difference in a 74th minute collision at AAMI Park that had plenty of aggression but a few quality chances.

Significantly, it gave Tony Popovich a one-goal advantage before Saturday’s rematch at the same venue, as they looked to make their first grand-final appearance in four years.

“It was a tough semifinal. It was a real battle, as you would expect, “said Popovich.

“We had to be patient and had a great goal to do but at half time in a two leg match, we got a slight advantage.”

Popovich welcomes breakout star Bremer to take action again in a big moment.

The 24-year-old had earlier claimed the Mark Biduka medal as Man of the Match in Victory’s FFA Cup Final win and has scored four goals in his last five games.

“Jackie is doing something now that was probably needed in his game,” Popovich said.

“He has always assisted on goals but now he is scoring and he is scoring in big games.

“We are very happy with the way he is playing and hopefully he can make another special moment on Saturday.

“He always had talent and now he is much more consistent in his game.

“He is one of the players in our squad who did not miss the (pre-season) training. He wanted to be the best every day.

“When you do that and you have Jackie’s talent in you, the rewards can follow.”

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In the fifth minute, Jason Davidson went to the back of Lachi Wales and got into a dispute with United for not getting a penalty.

“It simply came to our notice then. The referee clearly did not see it. The assistant referee didn’t see it, I don’t know how. But the absence of VAR has happened to us all season so I hope VAR will miss, “said United coach John Aloisi.

“… anyone who understands the game will know that it is a clear punishment.

“There is no point in playing ball. Pushed him from behind.

“It’s frustrating because when it’s so clear, you hope the referee doesn’t see it … then help him.”

Overall, the United bosses were satisfied, especially when they came off a three-day turnaround compared to nine days of victory in the game.

United dominated early in the first half, and victory goalkeeper Ivan Kelava batted brilliantly in the eighth minute to remove a header from a post near Alexander Prizovic.

After Bremer’s goal, Aloisie’s side had several half-chances to equalize.

“We limited them to a few chances, if any, and they had to score a special goal to win the game,” Aloisi said.

“Honestly, we’re fine and we’re really in this tie. This is the first half, we are 1-0 behind. “


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