Melbourne Victory were crowned A-League champions on Sunday evening after defeating rivals Sydney FC 3-0 in a comprehensive display. Here are three observations from a gripping decider.
1. Melbourne's road to domination
Few A-League Grand Final wins have been as decisive as this. Melbourne Victory utterly outplayed Sydney FC in the biggest game of the season in Australia, attacking with controlled aggression and an unmatched determination. Kevin Muscat's men simply wanted the ball more, and they...
Melbourne Victory were crowned champions of Australia on Sunday after beating Sydney FC 3-0 in the Grand Final.
Marquee striker Besart Berisha continued his phenomenal goal-scoring record in A-League Grand Finals by opening the scoring in the 33rd minute. Sydney FC keeper Vedran Janjetovic could do nothing as the Albania international turned Sebastian Ryall and smashed the ball home from 16 yards.
The Sky Blues battled hard to work their way back into the tie, but Matthieu Delpierre and Nick Ansell...
Aside from the fanfare and silverware on show, monumental matches provide an opportunity to assess the state of the game. This weekend's A-League Grand Final is no exception.
There will be nerves on the big day, of course, but this decider is set to be contested by two teams prepared to throw everything into their attack for the entire 90 minutes -- and beyond, if necessary.
The visiting Sydney FC side head into this encounter with rivals Melbourne Victory having scored a remarkable 41 goals in their...