Both sides came into the grand final after good seasons and impressive semi-final wins. Graham Arnold, Alex Brosque, Mark Milligan and Kevin Muscat pose with the Hyundai A-League championship trophy.
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A beautiful Melbourne day greeted the teams as they warmed up at AAMI Park.
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A full house packed in for the second Big Blue Hyundai A-League grand final.
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The Sky Blues brought a brilliant contingent of travelling fans…
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… but there was plenty of raucous home support for Victory.
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The early exchanges were vigorous – here Victory skipper Mark Milligan challenges Sydney FC’s hard-man Mickael Tavares. Milligan was later awarded the Joe Marston Medal as the game’s best player.
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Bernie Ibini and Daniel Georgievski also got acquainted early in the game!
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After some penalty area pinball, Victory striker Besart Berisha drilled home the opening goal after 33 minutes.
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Melbourne’s master marksman celebrates his fourth grand final goal.
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Sydney FC’s Tavares wins a header over the top of Carl Valeri and Nick Ansell.
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Rhyan Grant was an early replacement for Jacques Faty. Here he challenges Victory’s Fahid Ben Khalfallah.
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The Sky Blues stayed in touch until the 83rd minute when Kiwi international Kosta Barbarouses doubled Victory’s lead, playing a penalty area one-two with Fahid Ben Khalfallah before beating Vedran Janjetovic at the second attempt.
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Barbarouses disappears under a mountain of delighted team-mates following his decisive strike.
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Late in the piece, Carl Valeri was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, reducing Victory to ten men for the final stages of the game.
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It didn’t matter though, with popular utility Leigh Broxham storming onto a pass from Ben Khalfallah in the 90th minute and driving home Victory’s third goal…
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…before setting off to celebrate among the AAMI Park seagulls.
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Dejected Sydney FC players at the final whistle.
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Victory’s players celebrate with the Hyundai A-League championship trophy.
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Fan favourite Archie Thompson rejoices amongst the Melbourne Victory faithful.