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Australian Football: Western go second after City win

Western United moved back to second on the A-League ladder after beating reigning premiers Melbourne City 1-0 on Saturday.

Western are priced at 16/1 to win the A-League grand final this season and continue to shine after picking up their fifth 1-0 victory of the season.

Lustica the hero

Steven Lustica was the hero for United when he grabbed the only goal of the game in the 71st minute when firing home from close range after Alessandro Diamanti's initial shot was saved.

Moments before Diamanti had seen his penalty saved by Tom Glover after VAR adjudged City star Florin Berenguer to have handled in the area, but the miss did not prove to be costly.

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The win was even more special as it came in veteran defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley's 350th A-League appearance and boss John Aloisi was delighted for the player.

Melbourne City also gave Topor-Stanley a guard of honour in a great show of respect for the player who has had an outstanding career.

Record in sight

He is now just nine games away from setting the all-time appearances record and if he stays injury free he should get there.

"The career he's had, the person he is, the professional he is, he deserved all three points," Aloisi told reporters after the game.

"He deserved to celebrate with the players and it was great that Melbourne City also gave him a guard of honour.

"I thought that was really respectful and just goes to show what type of person he is and how he's thought of about throughout the league."

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