After a record-breaking season Sydney FC have secured the Hyundai A-League premiership-championship double, beating Melbourne Victory in a penalty shootout in the A-League grand final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Besart Berisha scored another grand final goal, his fifth in four grand finals to put Victory ahead in the 20th minute of the game. Captain Carl Valeri played in Berisha, who against the run of play darts his way inside two defenders with his shot driven low and hard past Vukovic, inside the bottom left corner.
The Sky Blues equalised in the 69th minute with a tap-in from Rhyan Grant after David Carney’s shot was saved. The score was locked at 1-1 after the game went into extra-time, with James Troisi coming within inches of winning it for Victory when his volley in the second period crashed into the woodwork.
But with neither side finding the winner at the end, the game was to be decided by penalties , Sydney eventually winning 4-2 on penalties with Keeper Danny Vukovic the hero for saving Marco Rojas’ spot kick after Valeri had hit the crossbar.
This was Sydney’s third win of the Grand Final equalling the record held by both Victory and Roar and Graham Arnold’s men amassed the most competition points in the league’s 12-year history.
1-0 Alex Brosque SCORED
Sydney FC’s left-footed skipper was composed, going low across his body.
1-1 James Troisi SCORED
Confidently blasted it into the top right corner with Danny Vukovic no chance despite picking the wrong way.
1-1 Alex Wilkinson MISSED
The defender scuffed his shot, sending it just past the left-hand post.
1-2 Leigh Broxham SCORED
Skipped towards the ball extremely confidently and netted, giving Victory the edge.
2-2 David Carney SCORED
The sub kept Sydney in the contest, confidently stroking it inside the left-hand post.
2-2 Carl Valeri MISSED
Victory’s skipper couldn’t cap off a top performance, crashing his strike against the crossbar.
3-2 Brandon O’Neill SCORED
The midfielder tucked it into the top left corner, sending Lawrence Thomas the wrong way.
3-2 Marco Rojas SAVED
Fatigued Rojas took five sluggish steps before going left and Vukovic stood upright, before picking correctly.
4-2 Milos Ninkovic SCORED
Emphatically blasted into the bottom left corner giving Thomas no chance despite picking the right way.