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Krishna leads Phoenix to late win over City after hat-trick

April 22, 2019 5:01 am

Fijian-star striker Roy Krishna completed a hat-trick to hand Wellington Phoenix a 3-2 win over Melbourne City and keep alive their hopes of hosting an A-League home final.

Krishna tucked home the winner from a goalmouth scramble in the 94th minute to cap a thrilling contest last night in Wellington which the visitors had mostly dominated.

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The Phoenix will need to pick up points away to Perth and hope Adelaide slip up in Brisbane if they are leapfrog the fourth-placed Reds.

Krishna’s first hat-trick of the season lifts him to 18 goals – two ahead Sydney FC’s Adam Le Fondre atop the Golden Boot race.

He also overtakes Jeremy Brockie as the leading scorer in a Phoenix season. Brockie notched 16 goals in 2012-13.

A counter-attack led to Krishna’s opener, a nifty finish after being played through by Max Burgess in the 27th minute.

Krishna scored against the run of play soon after the break, rifling home a left-foot strike from the top of the box.

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