Thompson pounced in the 55th minute to seal a tense affair in steamy conditions before 12,710 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
It was the perfect way for the Socceroo forward to sign off before linking with national coach Guus Hiddink at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. But all was resolved amicably and Thompson lived up to his pre-match pledge to keep Melbourne’s season alive at the Roar’s expense.
Queensland had enjoyed the better of the match until rangy striker Daniel Allsopp headed down a back post cross for Thompson to stoop and nod the ball past goalkeeper Tom Willis. The loss ends the Roar’s slim finals hopes, while fifth-placed Victory can sneak into the playoffs if results go their way over the last three rounds.
Qld 0 lost to Melbourne 1 (Thompson 56).
Other results –
Sydney 1 (Carney 61) drew with Central Coast 1 (Pondeljak 52). The Sky Blues are yet to win a game in 2006, drawing three matches since returning from the Club World Championship in Japan. The home side can thank midfielder David Carney for rescuing a point against the injury-hit Mariners, who stole the lead through Tom Pondeljak’s first A-League goal.
Newcastle 3 (Milicic 19, Haliti 86, 91) d New Zealand 0. Newcastle were on top for almost the entire match, Ante Milicic opening the scoring with a header inside 20 minutes before substitute Labinot Haliti completed the win.
Perth 1 (Ward 85) lost to Adelaide 2 (Qu Shengqing 4, Aloisi 70). Adelaide made the most of their opportunities in an even match assuring themselves of a top two finish, whilst Glory may now struggle to make the finals. Qu stunned the crowd in the third minute with a superb 18-yard strike in one of the goals of the season. After running down the left flank, Qu cut inside Simon Colosimo before coolly drilling the ball to the top right-hand corner of the net.