Collingwood have produced yet another stunning last-term surge to down Adelaide by one point and rise to top of the AFL ladder.
The Magpies trailed by 22 points two minutes into the final term of Sunday’s twilight thriller at Adelaide Oval.
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But veteran Steele Sidebottom scored a behind with some 25 seconds remaining to snatch an amazing 8.11 (59) to 7.16 (58) victory.
The Pies kicked the last three goals of the game and are now the sole team boasting six wins from seven matches.
Adelaide tumble from fifth to eighth as their four-game winning streak came to a heartbreaking end amid wayward goalkicking.
Collingwood’s Josh Daicos collected a game-high 31 disposals while his brother and Brownlow Medal favourite Nick was relatively subdued by a Ben Keays tag, yet still had 26 touches.
Magpie recruit Tom Mitchell (29 touches), Jordan De Goey (24) and Sidebottom (24) were busy while Brodie Mihocek kicked three goals.
Adelaide’s Rory Laird (29 disposals), captain Jordan Dawson (30) and Jake Soligo (24) were midfield stand-outs while Tom Doedee (24) was stellar in defence.
The Crows led 3.6 to 0.2 at quarter-time after blowing a series of shot shots as the Pies lost Nathan Krueger to a knee injury.
Adelaide’s attacking waste continued in the second term. The hosts led 3.10 to 0.2 before the Magpies struck with two Mihocek goals reducing their margin to six points at halftime.
The Crows’ lead shrunk to one point 10 minutes into the third term but they then made some headway, and when winger Chayce Jones slotted a 50m set-shot, Adelaide held a 16-point buffer at three quarter-time, 6.15 to 5.5.
Jones slotted another in the second minute of the final quarter to extend the Crows’ lead to 22 points.
But Pie Ash Johnson responded within a minute to begin a trademark Magpie late rush, with Josh Daicos and John Noble scored majors before veteran Sidebottom logged the game-winning behind from a set shot.
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