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Brisbane Beats Central Coast to Win First A-League Soccer Title

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Brisbane Roar beat the Central Coast Mariners 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 tie in the A-League grand final to win its first Australian soccer title.

In a matchup of the teams that finished first and second in the regular-season standings, Henrique and Erik Paartalu scored for the Roar in the last three minutes of extra time at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, last night to set up a shootout.

Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos then saved two penalties as Brisbane extended its record unbeaten streak to 28 games.

“At one stage, we looked down and out,” Brisbane’s head coach Ange Postecoglou told the A-League’s website. “We’ve had an absolutely extraordinary season and I should’ve expected an extraordinary finish.”

The Roar, who lost just one match all season, join Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets in winning the A-League championship since the competition replaced Australia’s debt-ridden National Soccer League in 2005. Sydney and Melbourne each have two titles.

Central Coast fell to its third grand final loss after losing to Sydney in 2006 and Melbourne two years later. Adam Kwasnik and Oliver Bozanic got its goals in the first period of extra time.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net

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