2007 A-League Grand Final

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2007 A-League Grand Final
A-League logo
Event 2006–07 A-League
Date 18 February 2007
Venue Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Man of the Match Archie Thompson, Melbourne Victory
Referee Mark Shield
Attendance 55,436
2006
2008

The 2007 A-League Grand Final took place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on 18 February 2007. The match was contested by premiers Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United. A game most prominently remembered for its goals had it all with Adelaide United playing over half the game with ten men after their captain Ross Aloisi was sent off after 34 minutes. After the game coach John Kosmina heavily criticized the refereeing of the match and coupled with other issues saw him forced to resign by the Adelaide board.[1]

Melbourne prevailed 6-0 in the equal greatest win in A-League history, and the greatest ever deficit in any Australian soccer Grand Final, including the old NSL. The match also set the Largest Sporting attendance at Docklands Stadium of 55,436 people. Archie Thompson scored five goals, just the sixth ever A-League hat-trick and the most goal by an individual in any A-League match. This performance earned him the Joe Marston Medal.

Route to the finals[edit]

  Semi-finals Preliminary-final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
    28 Jan & 4 Feb                        
1  Melbourne Victory 0 2     18 February
2  Adelaide United 0 1     11 February          Melbourne Victory 6
       Adelaide United 1 (4)      Adelaide United 0
  26 Jan & 2 Feb      Newcastle Jets 1 (3)  
3  Newcastle Jets 1 2
4  Sydney FC 2 0  

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

18 February 2007
18:00 AEDT
Melbourne Victory 6 – 0 Adelaide United
Thompson Goal 20', 29', 39', 56', 72'
Sarkies Goal 93+'
(Report)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 55,436
Referee: Mark Shield
Melbourne Victory
Adelaide United
GK 1 Australia Michael Theoklitos
DF 2 Australia Kevin Muscat (c)
DF 6 Australia Steve Pantelidis
MF 8 Brazil Fred Booked 64'
FW 9 Australia Danny Allsopp
FW 10 Australia Archie Thompson Substituted off 90'
DF 12 Australia Rodrigo Vargas
MF 14 Australia Adrian Caceres Substituted off 62'
DF 15 Australia Adrian Leijer
MF 16 Australia Simon Storey
MF 17 Scotland Grant Brebner Substituted off 59'
Substitutes:
GK 20 Australia Eugene Galekovic
MF 13 Australia Kristian Sarkies Substituted in 90'
MF 18 Brazil Alessandro
FW 23 England James Robinson Substituted in 62'
MF 24 Australia Leigh Broxham Substituted in 59'
Manager:
Scotland Ernie Merrick


Joe Marston Medal: Australia Archie Thompson

Assistant Referees:
Ben Wilson
Nathan Gibson
Fourth Official:
Matthew Breeze

Melbourne V Adelaide.svg
GK 1 Australia Daniel Beltrame
DF 2 Australia Richie Alagich Substituted off 70'
DF 4 Australia Angelo Costanzo Booked 57'
DF 5 Australia Michael Valkanis Booked 57'
MF 6 Australia Ross Aloisi (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 22', 34'
FW 8 Australia Carl Veart Booked 68'
MF 10 Brazil Fernando Substituted off 59'
DF 12 Australia Greg Owens Substituted off 46'
MF 13 Australia Travis Dodd
MF 15 Australia Nathan Burns
MF 26 Brazil Diego Walsh
Substitutes:
GK 20 Australia Robert Bajic
DF 3 Australia Kristian Rees
DF 14 Australia Aaron Goulding Substituted in 46'
MF 21 Australia Jason Spagnuolo Substituted in 70'
FW 25 Australia Bruce Djite Substituted in 59'
Manager:
Australia John Kosmina
A-League
2007 Champions
Australia
Melbourne Victory
First Title

Statistics[edit]

Melbourne Adelaide
Attempts at goal 22 14
Attempts on target 15 9
Attempts off target 6 5
Attempts - Woodwork 1 0
Keeper saves 5 3
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corners 5 5
Fouls committed 12 23
Offsides 4 1
Yellow cards 1 5
Red cards 0 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Davutovic (2007-02-22). "Kosmina sacked". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 2009-01-31. 

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