Melbourne Victory parted ways with newly-appointed Australian national team manager Ange Postecoglou as they defeated A-League rivals Brisbane Roar 1-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Off-field events regarding the future of the Victory head coach somewhat overshadowed the magnitude of the occasion at Docklands on Friday evening (Melbourne time).
Despite overrunning the Victorian side for the majority of the first period, first-place Brisbane failed to capitalise on their dominance with a goal and headed into the interval at 0-0.
Postecoglou's former side, which he led to the 2012 A-League championship, maintained their stranglehold on proceedings in the early stages after the restart but could not apply the finishing touch to their possession.
The match took an unexpected turn when Victory striker Archie Thompson fed James Troisi down the left-hand side before the ex-Newcastle man fired in a shot from a tight-angle to put the hosts up 1-0.
Uplifted by the opener, Postecoglou's men wrestled enough control of the game to effectively shut out the Roar for the last half-hour and secure a fitting departure for one of Australia's most successful managers.
The match was the 48-year-old's final one in charge of the A-League side following the news he would be the man to replace Holger Osieck at the helm of the Socceroos.
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