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90' + 3'
R. O'Donovan
Red Card
90' + 2'
M. Sánchez
Yellow Card
90' + 1'
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
51'
D. Georgievski
Yellow Card
9'
K. Barbarouses
J. Donachie
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Possession
58% 41%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 2
Total Passes 372 276
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FULL TIME - Melbourne Victory are the Hyundai A-League champions for 2017/2018!  After taking a lead into the half time break, the Victory, with an outstanding defensive effort in the second 45 minutes, were able to completely shut down the Jets' attack which had looked so dangerous in the first half.  An historic night in Newcastle with the Victory clinching their 4th championship, more than any other club, and in so doing become the first team to win the decider from fourth position on the table.  At full time in what was an epic Grand Final: Melbourne Victory 1 Newcastle Jets 0.
90' + 7' Victory are controlling possession deep in attack, content to milk valuable seconds off the clock - there can only be just enough time now for the Jets to have one last crack.
R. O'Donovan
Red Card
90' + 3' RED CARD JETS - Ugly scenes in Newcastle!  Dimitri Petratos delivers his free kick right to the 6 yard area - Roy O'Donovan lashes out with his right boot, catching Lawrence Thomas in the side of the head and referee Jarred Gillett has little option but to show the Jets' forward a straight red.
M. Sánchez
Yellow Card
90' + 2' YELLOW CARD VICTORY - Matías Sánchez goes into the book for his challenge on Dimitri Petratos.
90' + 2' Joseph Champness with a dazzling run down the right gets to the edge of the penalty area but there are no Jets in support and his cross is comfortably dealt with by the Victory defence.
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
90' + 1' YELLOW CARD JETS - Jason Hoffman becomes the second Jet to pick up a yellow card.
90' There will be just five minutes of additional time played in this second half - somewhat surprising considering the number of stoppages we have had in this second half.
89' Dimitri Petratos sends his free kick long to the far post - bodies fly every which way inside the area but the ball is allowed to pass harmlessly through the carnage for a Victory goal kick.
88' Could this be the moment?!?!  The Jets have a free kick in attacking territory and it will be Dimitri Petratos, standing over the ball, to try and create some magic for the home side.
86' With a delightful through ball,  Besart Berisha puts James Troisi in on goal but the midfielder's left footed strike clatters into the woodwork and the Jets breath again!
84' On the counter attack, Leroy George spots Glen Moss off his line and attempts an audacious shot from half way but he didn't quite get the contact he was after and the ball floats harmlessly away to the left.
82' A chance for the Jets!  After some exquisite skill from Patito Rodríguez, Jason Hoffman sends the ball inside the area from the right - Joseph Champness quickly arrives and gets a free swing at it but he can't keep his effort down.
80' The mood is becoming increasingly grim in Newcastle as we approach the final 10 minutes.  In the home side's favour however is the fact that they have scored 36 goals in the second half of matches this season - equal only with Sydney FC.
M. Sánchez
S. Nigro
77' SUBSTITUTION VICTORY - The Victory, grimly defending their narrow advantage, make their first substitution with Stefan Nigro making way for Matías Sánchez.
76' A dangerous ball right to the top of the 6 yard area has the Victory defence scrambling - they manage to keep the ball out but there are bodies everywhere in the aftermath with both Lawrence Thomas and Leigh Broxham requiring treatment.
P. Rodríguez
D. Georgievski
74' SUBSTITUTION JETS - The home side, desperate to find an equaliser, make a second change with Daniel Georgievski replaced by Patricio Rodríguez.
72' A much better build up from the Jets creates an opportunity for Dimitri Petratos to send the ball inside the penalty area from the right however Thomas Deng acrobatically throws himself at the ball and nods the ball out of harm's way.
71' A lengthy break in play with Roy O'Donovan receiving treatment - the Jets' forward bravely put his body on the line right on the goal line to keep out Besart Berisha and copped an arm just below the eye for his trouble.
69' So close for the Victory!  There's a mad scramble on the goal line but somehow the ball stays out and then Jason Hoffman is able to hoof it clear of the danger zone.
67' Besart Berisha looks to deliver the cross in from the right but his pass takes a deflection of Johnny Koutroumbis and the Victory have a corner.
66' Nervous moments for the Jets after Daniel Georgievski, already on a yellow card, clattered into James Troisi who hit the turf - the contact was accidental however and so the only sanction will be a free kick to Melbourne.
J. Champness
R. Vargas
65' SUBSTITUTION JETS - The Jets pull the first change of the Grand Final with Ronald Vargas leaving the field to be replaced by Joseph Champness.
63' Consecutive corners to the Victory who are starting to sense that a chance to land a knock out blow is suddenly within reach.
61' We have crossed the hour mark in Newcastle - the Jets, who generally dominated play in the first half, have struggled to find the same spark in the second half and at the moment it is the Victory who are controlling terms.
59' James Troisi has his legs taken out from beneath him by Nigel Boogaard and so the Victory have a free kick just on the defensive side of half way.
58' The Victory have really tightened the screws and so the scoring opportunities for the Jets have really dried up since half time.
56' Carl Valeri wins the ball for Victory in a dangerous attacking position but his tackle from behind was a touch heavy and, as a result, he has conceded a free kick in the process.
54' Leroy George is hobbling behind play - he seems to be favouring his right ankle but he looks as though he'll be ok to stay on the park.
52' Some aerial ping pong in the middle of the field before Leigh Broxham, attacking the ball head-on, brings the Victory forward into attacking territory.
D. Georgievski
Yellow Card
51' YELLOW CARD JETS - Daniel Georgievski is the first player to go into the book in the Grand Final for his late challenge on Kosta Barbarouses that leaves the sole goal scorer from the first half on the turf.
49' Dimitri Petratos sends a long, curling free kick to the top of the 6 year area but standing tall in front of goal is the red-hot Lawrence Thomas who reaches high to reel the ball in.
46' Some of the stats from the first half defy the scoreboard - the Jets enjoyed almost 65% of possession in the first 45 minutes whilst the Victory completed only 66 passes at a paltry percentage of 51.97%.
45' SECOND HALF - So it all comes down to the next 45 minutes!  We are back underway in the second half.
HALF TIME - Referee Jarred Gillett blows his whistle for half time in Newcastle in the Grand Final!  Kosta Barbarouses fired home in controversial circumstances to give the Victory an early lead.  The Jets, not to be deterred, dominated play from that point onwards creating several chances to score but they couldn't find an equaliser - in large part due to the heroics of the currently unbeatable Lawrence Thomas in goal.  At half time in the decider:  Melbourne Victory 1 Newcastle Jets 0.
45' + 1' A free kick to the Jets which will be taken by Dimitri Petratos - one last chance for the home side before the break to square the ledger!
45' There will be one minute of additional time played in this first half.
43' A critical couple of minutes coming up in the lead up to half time - Victory will be content to run the clock down whilst the Jets will be desperate to somehow find an equaliser.
40' Leroy George lines up to take the free kick from the left - he's almost in an identical position to where he took the earlier free kick which set up the opener for the visitors.
38' Leroy George finds himself outnumbered in midfield but on hand in support is James Troisi.  The Victory midfielder tees up on his left but has ballooned his long range shot into the stands - much to the delight of the home crowd.
36' The good news for the Jets is that Dimitri Petratos is moving freely once again however the bad news is that he has lifted his attempt to cross in from the left well over the crossbar.
34' Plenty of worried faces on the Jets' bench with Dimitri Petratos going to ground with an injury concern - he gingerly gets to his feet but looks to be ok to continue.
31' How did that stay out?!?!  Lawrence Thomas is the answer!  Riley McGree fires a blistering strike low and hard drawing a stunning save from the Victory keeper - he then quickly gets to his feet to deflect Jason Hoffman's follow up effort over the crossbar.
28' Daniel Georgievski slides in late on James Troisi and collects the Victory midfielder conceding a free kick to the visitors right in front of the Melbourne bench.
27' Leroy George finds some space on the edge of the penalty area and blazes away off his left boot however he has fired his shot straight at Glen Moss who makes the save.
25' We have seen some incredible goals scored so far in the finals series and Ronald Vargas looks to create a highlight of his own however he fails to connect with his attempted bicycle kick.
22' The goal scorer Kosta  Barbarouses looks to deliver from out on the right however Nikolai Topor-Stanley has read the play to perfection and he cuts off the cross for the Jets.
20' The Jets have responded well since conceding the opener and are looking dangerous in attack, creating several opportunities to find the all important equaliser.
19' Dimitri Petratos delivers from long range with the free kick but the Victory defence have scrambled well to deny the home side.
16' A brilliant save from Lawrence Thomas!  The Victory keeper has maintained his excellent form from last week diving at full stretch to deny Roy O'Donovan the equaliser.
13' Kosta Barbarouses has continued his excellent record against the Newcastle Jets - he has now scored 5 goals against the Jets in his career.
J. Donachie
Assist
9' It was clever play from James Donachie to set up the opener - the VAR had a long look at the replay as there was a hint of offside but, after the review, the goal was allowed to stand.
K. Barbarouses
Goal
9' GOAL VICTORY!  Melbourne Victory draw first blood in the decider!  At the far post, James Donachie nods the ball down into the danger area in front of goal - on the end of it is Kosta Barbarouses who fires off his left boot and the ball rattles into the back of the net.  Melbourne Victory 1 Newcastle Jets 0.
6' Dimitri Petratos fires the free kick in from the right hand side however it takes a deflection amongst the cluster of players in the box and bounces away harmlessly out the other side.
3' The play opens up for Nigel Boogaard who fires from long range however his effort was always over - it's been a positive start from the home side.
2' The atmosphere in Newcastle is incredible with the full house sign up - plenty of Melbourne Victory fans are in attendance and they are making plenty of noise as well.
1' FIRST HALF - We are underway in the first half!
Newcastle Jets have had the better of the Melbourne Victory this season have having won two of the three matches between the two sides.  However, before that it was the Victory who had the wood over the Jets having won the previous five games.
Melbourne Victory (4-2-3-1): Thomas (GK); Broxham, Nigro, Donachie, Deng; Antonis, Valeri; George, Troisi, Barbarouses; Berisha. Subs: Acton (GK), Hope, Sanchez, Ingham, Athiu.
Newcastle Jets (4-2-3-1): Moss (GK); Georgievski, Topor-Stanley, Boogaard, Koutroumbis; McGree, Ugarkovic; Vargas, Petratos, Hoffman; O'Donovan. Subs: Necevski (GK), Jackson, Champness, Rodriguez, Cowburn.
The Grand Final teams are in so let's have a look at how the two sides will line up.
Melbourne Victory have been here before and they too have an opportunity to create some history this evening - a win tonight would take them to 4 A-League championships, more than any other club.  They know the pain of Grand Final night as well having lost to Sydney FC on penalties in last year's decider.
It is the ultimate rags to riches story.  The Newcastle Jets were in tatters after finishing the 2016/2017 season at the bottom of the table but this evening have a chance to create history as the first side ever to go from wooden spooners in one year to champions the next.
It all comes down to this!  A very warm welcome to McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle which is the scene of the 2017/2018 Hyundai A-League Grand Final between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory.