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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Dogs and Lions headed for thrilling finale as Weightman, Berry and Payne out injured

McCluggage’s rushed shot from the heavy congestion floats the wrong side of the behind post and fails to score!

With 7:11 remaining, it’s still 10.11.71 apiece. Are we headed for extra time?

Andrews takes a strong, contested mark in unfamiliar territory in attack.

But from 50m out in front, he misses slightly to the left, showing why he is a two-time All-Australian backman.

Scores are level with 8:20 left in the game, 10.11.71 apiece.

This is an absolute thriller!!

Daniher gathers the crumbs out the back of the pack and lobs it up to the top of the goal square where Fullarton takes the strong, overhead mark.

From 15m out directly in front, Fullarton makes no mistake and ends the Bulldogs’ run of four consecutive goals.

More importantly, he cuts Brisbane’s deficit to just one point with 9:12 left in the game, 10.10.70 to 10.11.71.

McCarthy takes an impressive mark but from 52m out, his set shot misses to the right.

With 11:27 remaining in the final quarter, the Bulldogs lead by seven points, 10.11.71 to 9.10.64.

Bailey Smith has been sensational in this final quarter and kicked the Bulldogs’ third goal of the term.

They’ve now kicked the last four majors of the game after trailing by 18 points.

Brisbane still searching for their first goal of the last quarter.

Bailey Smith’s chip kick forward fails to hit a target, but Schache gathers the loose ball and snaps truly from a few metres out.

After kicking the last three goals of the game, the Bulldogs now lead by two points, 9.11.65 to 9.9.63.

This is going to go right down to the wire, you feel.

The momentum shifts have been numerous.

Macrae gets the all-important first goal of the final quarter inside the first minute, and all of a sudden it’s just a four-point ball game in favour of Brisbane, 9.9.63 to 8.11.59.

Macrae has been absolutely magnificent tonight with 34 disposals (16 contested), nine clearances, eight inside 50s, 636 metres gained, nine score involvements and a goal assist as well.

Brisbane Lions 5.3, 6.5, 9.9 (63)
Western Bulldogs 3.4, 6.6, 7.11 (53)

Brisbane Lions: Cameron 3, McCarthy, Daniher, Robinson, McCluggage, Bailey, Lester
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore 2, B.Smith, Naughton, Hannan, Weightman, Johannisen

Brisbane Lions: McCluggage 25, Lyons 24, Neale 22, Zorko 20, Rich 18
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 32, Bontempelli 27, Daniel 24, B.Smith 18

Brisbane Lions: Andrews 10, K.Coleman 7, Lyons 6
Western Bulldogs: Williams 7, Wood 7, Daniel 5, Keath 5

Hugh McCluggage takes a diving mark.

Hugh McCluggage takes a diving mark.Credit:Getty Images

Lester picks the perfect time to kick his first goal in four years and with 4:00 left in the third term, he puts the Lions out to a game-high 18-point lead.

However, Johannisen wastes little time to restore the Bulldogs’ 12-point deficit with a superb effort off one step from long range under pressure.

It’s the Lions by 12 points with 3:44 remaining in the quarter, 9.9.63 to 7.9.51.

That takes some sting out of Bontempelli’s overturned goal.

A massive moment with just over 6:00 left in the third quarter. Bontempelli appeared to kick an important goal for the Bulldogs to get them back within six points of the Lions.

However, it was referred to the ARC for a score review, and despite TV replays appearing to be rather inconclusive as to whether Gardiner got a fingertip on the ball or not, the reviewers proceeded to overturn the umpire’s call and pay a behind.

So as a result, the Lions still lead by 11 points, 8.8.56 to 6.9.45.

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