ESSENDON ended Carlton's high-flying start to the season with a convincing five-goal upset win at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
Captain Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton were outstanding in the midfield and Stewart Crameri kicked five goals as the Bombers won 15.19 (109) to 11.13 (79).
While the two sides had started the season with three wins, the Blues were the strong favourites and Essendon were $8 outsiders.
But early injuries to Andrew Carrazzo and Jeremy Laidler put Carlton off balance and Essendon's pressure from the start was outstanding in front of 73,172 fans.
It set up an absorbing Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood next Wednesday at the MCG after the Bombers reached their best start to the season since the club's last premiership in 2000.
Read the full match report at ABC news online.
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