2010 A-League Grand Final

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2010 A-League Grand Final
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Event 2009–10 A-League
Sydney won 4–2 on penalties
Date 20 March 2010
Venue Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Man of the Match Simon Colosimo, Sydney FC
Referee Strebre Delovski [1]
Attendance 44,560

The 2010 A-League Grand Final took place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on 20 March 2010.

It was the final match in the A-League 2009–10 season, and was played between premiers Sydney FC and runners-up Melbourne Victory. Sydney FC won the match 4–2 on penalty shootout after drawing the game 1–1 and became the winners of the 2009–10 Championship in addition to their premiership.[2]

The A-League National Youth League Grand Final was held at Etihad Stadium prior to the main game. After coming 4th in the 2009–10 season, Gold Coast United won the youth title in their inaugural season, coming from a goal down to defeat Perth Glory, 2–1.[3]

Route to the final[edit]

  Semi Finals Week 1 Semi Finals Week 2 Preliminary Final Grand Final
    A - 18 February       D - 7 March               G - 20 March  
  1  Sydney FC  1  Sydney FC  2    Melbourne Victory  1 (2)
  2  Melbourne Victory  2  Melbourne Victory (a.e.t.)  2              Sydney FC (p.s.o)  1 (4)
                    F - 13 March          
    B - 20 February                Sydney FC  4        
  3  Gold Coast United  0 (5)              Wellington Phoenix  2        
  6  Newcastle Jets (p.s.o)  0 (6)     E - 7 March                  
             Wellington Phoenix (a.e.t.)  3                
    C - 21 February        Newcastle Jets  1                
  4  Wellington Phoenix (p.s.o)  1 (4)                        
  5  Perth Glory  1 (2)                        



An early knee injury forced key striker Archie Thompson, who scored 5 goals in the 2007 A-League Grand Final, off the field in the sixteenth minute. He was replaced by Costa Rican Marvin Angulo.

With both teams struggling to break the deadlock, Melbourne were left stunned when Mark Bridge scored a goal in the 63rd minute after a deflected cross. To add to Melbourne's misfortune, it was scored less than a minute after Rodrigo Vargas' headed goal was correctly disallowed by the assistant referee for offside.

Melbourne were able to find an equaliser through Adrian Leijer after Kevin Muscat delivered a set piece. Leijer's late header resulted in some frantic final minutes, but neither team were able to find the breakthrough goal in normal time. Extra time resulted in few opportunities and the game was decided by penalties for the first time in A-League history.


20 March 2010
19:00 UTC+11
Melbourne Victory 1–1 (a.e.t.) Sydney FC
Leijer Goal 81' Report
Bridge Goal 63'
Muscat Penalty missed
Brebner Penalty scored
Angulo Penalty missed
Broxham Penalty scored
2–4 Penalty scored Colosimo
Penalty missed Cole
Penalty scored Foxe
Penalty scored Kisel
Penalty scored Byun
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 44,560[4]
Referee: Strebre Delovski
GK 1 Australia Mitchell Langerak
DF 2 Australia Kevin Muscat (c) YC 62'
DF 5 Thailand Surat Sukha Substituted off 71'
MF 6 Australia Leigh Broxham
MF 8 Scotland Grant Brebner
FW 10 Australia Archie Thompson Substituted off 16'
DF 12 Australia Rodrigo Vargas
MF 16 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández
FW 21 Australia Robbie Kruse
MF 22 Australia Nick Ward Substituted off 76'
DF 23 Australia Adrian Leijer Goal 81'
GK 20 New Zealand Glen Moss
MF 11 Costa Rica Marvin Angulo Substituted in 16'
DF 17 Australia Matthew Foschini
DF 19 Australia Evan Berger YC 100' Substituted in 71'
FW 25 Australia Aziz Behich Substituted in 76'
Scotland Ernie Merrick

Joe Marston Medal: Australia Simon Colosimo

Assistant Referees: Ben Wilson Matthew Cream
Fourth Official:Matthew Breeze

GK 1 Australia Clint Bolton
DF 2 Australia Sebastian Ryall YC 26'
DF 3 Switzerland Stephan Keller
DF 4 Australia Simon Colosimo YC 51'
MF 6 Slovakia Karol Kisel YC 84'
MF 8 Australia Stuart Musialik Substituted off 105'
FW 14 Australia Alex Brosque Substituted off 116'
MF 15 Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn (c)
FW 16 Australia Chris Payne Substituted off 75'
FW 19 Australia Mark Bridge Goal 63' YC 31'
DF 22 South Korea Byun Sung-Hwan
GK 20 Australia Ivan Necevski
DF 5 Australia Hayden Foxe Substituted in 105'
MF 7 Australia Brendan Gan
DF 12 Australia Shannon Cole Substituted in 75'
FW 31 Australia Joey Gibbs Substituted in 116'
Czech Republic Vitezslav Lavicka

2010 Champions
Sydney FC
Second Title


Melbourne Sydney
Attempts at goal 14 12
Attempts on target 6 6
Attempts off target 7 6
Attempts - woodwork 1 0
Keeper saves 3 4
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corners 8 5
Fouls committed 13 16
Offsides 3 3
Yellow cards 2 4
Red cards 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A-League Grand Final To Be Refereed By Strebre Delovski". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sydney FC claim A-League title". ESPN. 2010-03-20. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Tahj secures glory for Gold Coast". A-League.com.au. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ The stadium was configured into rectangular mode for the match

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