Relive 2010's rollercoaster grand final in Melbourne
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It was a highly anticipated first Big Blue grand final – from left: Archie Thompson, Kevin Muscat, Ernie Merrick, Vitezslav Lavicka, Terry McFlynn and Alex Brosque.
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With the stands brought in, the atmosphere was electric as almost 45,000 packed into Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on a March evening to watch two A-League powerhouses collide.
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Disaster for Victory after just 12 minutes, with star striker Archie Thompson forced off after a collision with Sydney FC defender Simon Colosimo.
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Sydney FC attacker Mark Bridge battles for possession with Melbourne Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham.
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On the hour, Victory thought they’d gone ahead when Rodrigo Vargas bundled home from close range, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
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Just minutes later, it was Sydney FC who went ahead when Mark Bridge headed home an Alex Brosque cross.
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But the Big V weren’t ready to give up their championship crown without a fight; defender Adrian Leijer powered home a memorable header with ten minutes remaining to square the ledger.
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Teen Aziz Behich arrived as a late Victory substitute and was denied the winning goal in regulation time by Sydney FC keeper Clint Bolton. Extra time couldn't separate the sides and, for the first time, it would be pens to decide the Championship.
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After Simon Colosimo converted Sydney FC’s first spot-kick, Kevin Muscat – normally so reliable from twelve yards – struck the post with Victory’s first effort.
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Shannon Cole had Sydney’s second penalty saved, Grant Brebner levelled the scores and Hayden Foxe put the Sky Blues ahead. Then, Costa Rican Marvin Angulo saw his spot-kick palmed away by a flying Clint Bolton.
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Karol Kisel and Leigh Broxham both converted, meaning Korean defender Byun Sung-Hwan – who had never scored for Sydney FC – could win the trophy for the Sky Blues with their fifth penalty…
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… which he did, sending his team-mates and the Sydney fans into raptures!
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Byun celebrates his winning penalty…
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…while Kevin Muscat is left inconsolable.
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Sydney FC celebrate their second Hyundai A-League championship.