Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium provided a thrilling Grand Final for the 2009/2010 A-League Soccer Season and was packed in the stands by around 45,000 passionate fans.
It was an incredibly close battle between the top two finishers of the regular season – Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory FC.
The odds were close going into the Final, raising expectations for a close battle on the pitch, and it certainly did not disappoint.
After the normal 90-minutes the score was at 1 – 1, with Sydney FC taking the lead first through striker Mark Bridge in the 63rd minute, after a header from teammate Rodrigo Vargas had been disallowed for being offside.
The Sydney side came out on top, winning 4-2 on penalties, with Sung Hwan Byun scoring the crucial, Championship-winning penalty.
Eight minutes before full-time, Sydney’s Adrian Leijer found the back of the net, levelling the score and taking the match to extra-time.
With a great display of defence by both sides, the thrilling match went through to the make-or-break round of penalties.
The Sydney side came out on top, winning 4-2 on penalties, with Sung Hwan Byun scoring the crucial, Championship-winning goal.
The Victory’s captain, Kevin Muscat missed the opening spot-kick for the Melbourne side, with Martin Angullo’s strike saved by Sydney’s keeper Clint Bolton.
Sydney FC finishes the season as both Premiers and Champions after dominating the 2009/10 A-League soccer season.