5. AUSTRALIA: Striker fulfills prediction and then some
Striker Archie Thompson needed
only 40 minutes to fulfill his prediction of scoring a hat trick in the
Australian A-League grand final and then added two more goals in the
second half as Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide United, 6-0, to win its
title in front of a sellout crowd of 55,436, a record for an Australian
domestic league match.
"I predicted I would get a hat trick," Thompson said. "I usually say
that and it never happens ... so for it to happen on an occasion like
this is incredible."
The 28-year-old Thompson scored in the 21st, 29th, 40th, 56th and 73rd
Melbourne finished the A-League regular season in first place
and was the overwhelming favorite to win the grand final after last
year's inaugural champion, Sydney FC, fell in the first round of the
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