Brodie Grundy kicked a goal with four seconds left to propel Collingwood to a stunning come-from-behind one-point win over Richmond at the MCG on Friday night.
The Tigers looked to have done enough as they held onto a 17-point lead late in the game but Alex Fasolo, who finished with six goals, kept the Pies in with a chance before Grundy hacked a loose ball out of the goal square to break Tiger hearts 13.9 (87) to 12.14 (86).
Jack Riewoldt inspired his side with three last-quarter goals, but Damien Hardwick’s men were left to rue costly turnovers that left the door open for the Pies.
Having suffered a horrendous start to the AFL season that saw them lose Dane Swan and Steele Sidebottom in an 80-point defeat to Sydney and become embroiled in the illicit drugs controversy, the black-and-white portion of the 72,761-strong crowd erupted in jubilation as the final siren sounded.
There’s winning ugly and then there’s what Collingwood did on Friday night but Nathan Buckley won’t care one bit.
A week after AFL fans rejoiced at the return of brave, attacking high-scoring footy, the big stage of the MCG was the scene of a horror show of errors, turnovers and poor decision-making for three quarters before the contest erupted into a pulsating final term.
Each side kicked just three goals each in a dour first half, Richmond with their noses in front by less than a goal at each change before the stunning conclusion.
Adam Treloar was again important for his new team with 32 possession with Magpies teammate Scott Pendlebury influential across half-back with 26 touches.
Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Shaun Grigg did the heavy lifting in the middle for the Tigers, while Bachar Houli mopped up down back.