2010 A-League Grand Final
|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 |
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.
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.
Route to the final
|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)|
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
|Melbourne Victory||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Sydney FC|
Summary[permanent dead link]
|Attempts at goal||14||12|
|Attempts on target||6||6|
|Attempts off target||7||6|
|Attempts - woodwork||1||0|
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- The stadium was configured into rectangular mode for the match