Four years ago, thousands gathered at Lavington Oval to witness the Melbourne Heat triumph over the Perth Glory, 2-1.
In what was then declared the ‘hottest A-League match in history’, David Williams delivered a 82nd-minute goal.
The history-making contest was delayed two hours because of the heat but still kicked off with the mercury above 40 degrees at 5pm -- the first half including drinks breaks at 15 and 30 minutes.
It was the third win in four games for Heart and redemption for a 3-0 loss to the Glory a month ago.
Despite the heat, Melbourne Heart fans let off flares during the A-League match.
Firefighters and sports fans blasted the supporters’ actions on the total fire ban day.
Border firefighters, who had been called to battle a major bushfire at Numurkah, said the incident was simply frustrating.
NSW Fire and Rescue duty commander Stewart Alexander said it was unbelievable to think fans could take such a thoughtless risk in the middle of a packed crowd.