The match will always be marred by the 10th minute sending off of Cristiano which pen-ultimately contributed to the loss. Similarly Daniel Allsopp was sent off in the 65th minute for an alleged headbutt. The decision infuriated Former Australia international Robbie Slater who was commentating the game "Did the blood coming from Roddy's ear sway it? I thought it was a disgraceful decision and the grand final was ruined." 
As an added touch of notoriety for the game, the Grand Final was the last ever event to be held at the Telstra Dome, the former name of Melbourne's Docklands Stadium. Due to a change in sponsorship, the stadium is now known as Etihad Stadium.
With both teams down to ten men for the last 25 minutes, Adelaide were left scoreless with Melbourne taking their second A-League championship medal. Pondeljak's goal earned him the prestigious Joe Marston Medal.
A contentious early red card given to the lone Adelaide striker Cristiano by referee Matthew Breeze saw the Reds go down to ten men by the tenth minute. However, Adelaide managed to hold back Melbourne from scoring until Tom Pondeljak scored 23 metres out from goal in the 60th minute to allow Melbourne to take the lead.
The red card to reds talisman Cristiano created a lot of controversy post match. The Brazilian starlet had been warned before that referee Matthew Breeze would send him off if he suspected anything untoward about his heading with flailing arms. He felt as though he was a marked man all season by referee Matthew Breeze " I couldn't sleep after the game." 
Fox Sports analyst and Former Australia international Robbie Slater called for a top-notch overseas referee to control he A-League grand final after yet another controversial decision "ruined" the decider at Telstra Dome on Saturday night. Slater claimed that Breeze got it wrong when he sent Adelaide United striker Cristiano off after just 10 minutes in the championship decider against Melbourne Victory. There was no swinging elbow by Cristiano. They both used their arms for protection when they challenged for the ball. It was a complete accident. Our last three grand finals have all been marred by controversy. Last year we had Mark Shield missing a handball that deprived Central Coast of a penalty late in the decider against Newcastle. That led to the infamous Danny Vukovic incident when he slapped the ref's wrist and copped a lengthy ban. The year before, Shield sent off Adelaide captain Ross Aloisi after 30 minutes and that turned the grand final against Melbourne into a farce.