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90' + 3'
S. Galloway
A. O'Neill
3 - 1
45' + 1'
S. Jamieson
Penalty Goal
2 - 1
35'
L. Brattan
Yellow 2nd/RC
23'
N. Atkinson
S. Colakovski
1 - 1
21'
K. Barbarouses
A. Baumjohann
0 - 1

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Shots On Target 8 1
Total Passes 692 301
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FULL TIME: MELBOURNE CITY 3 SYDNEY FC 1 - MELBOURNE CITY ARE THE CHAMPIONS!  With a lead at half time, and with the visitors playing with just ten men, Melbourne City always had the upper hand in the second half but they just could not put a gallant Sydney FC away.  However, Scott Galloway fired home in the 93rd minute to secure the win and put an exclamation mark on an outstanding 2020/2021 campaign.  An historic night at AAMI Park with Melbourne City adding their first ever Championship Trophy to their first Premier's Plate.  Congratulations to Melbourne City, Hyundai A-League champions for 2020/2021!  
A. O'Neill
Assist
90' + 3' A delightful ball from Aiden O'Neill set up Galloway for the winner that will forever go into Melbourne City folklore!
S. Galloway
Goal
90' + 3' GOAL MELBOURNE CITY (Scott Galloway) MELBOURNE CITY 3 SYDNEY FC 1 - Melbourne City have done it!  With a deft touch, Scott Galloway cuts inside his marker and his vicious strike beats Heward-Belle at the near post to spark wild celebrations on and off the field at AAMI Park.
90' + 2' Melbourne City look to cut the ball back to the top of the area where they have numbers but Alex Wilkinson gets in a timely touch to deny the hosts once again.
90' There will be four minutes of additional time played in this second half.
89' The clock ticks down towards the final minute - AAMI Park feels like it is about to go off but Sydney FC are hanging on doggedly!  Can the visitors yet spoil the party?
88' CHANCE!  Andrew Nabbout looks to finally seal the win with a cracking shot from close range - Heward-Belle is beaten but Ben Warland has placed himself perfectly to block the shot.
87' Van Der Saag sends a hopeful ball forward but he succeeds only in finding a wall of Melbourne City shirts.
P. Wood
A. Caceres
86' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - Sydney FC have to roll the dice now and they look to the bench with Anthony Caceres replaced by Patrick Wood.
83' CHANCE!  A rare attacking foray for Sydney FC opens the door for Harry Van der Saag - with some deft footwork, he is able to create some space inside the box and fire towards goal however Tom Glover is able to watch the shot comfortably clear the crossbar.
81' CHANCE!  Heward-Belle keeps alive Sydney's hopes with a couple of superb reflex saves in quick succession - Berenguer's sliding effort has City fans on their feet but there is no beating the Sydney FC keeper.
80' Fresh onto the field, Andrew Nabbout coughs up possession with a wayward pass that gives Joel King a chance to advance.
78' CHANCE!  Space opens up for Scott Galloway who fires at goal from the top of the area but he has lifted his effort well over the crossbar.
76' The tension continues to build at AAMI Park as we enter the final quarter hour of regulation time - despite Melbourne City's dominance they have still not been able to land the killer blow.
A. Nabbout
S. Colakovski
74' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - City swing their first substitution of the Grand Final with Stefan Colakovski to be replaced by Andrew Nabbout.
S. Colakovski
Yellow Card
73' YELLOW CARD MELBOURNE CITY - Stefan Colakovski clatters into Heward-Belle and the City forward picks up a booking for his trouble.
M. Ninković
A. Baumjohann
72' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - There is movement on the Sydney bench as Miloš Ninković prepares to come onto the field to replace Alexander Baumjohann.
71' Tilio brings the home crowd to its feet with an incredible sliding effort to keep the ball alive and inside the field of play!
70' Sydney have done extremely well to absorb the pressure in this second half but they haven't really looked like troubling the Melbourne City defence.
65' Alexander Baumjohann goes to ground inside the area in an almost identical position to where City were awarded the penalty in the first half - Sydney FC fans and players are up calling for a spot kick however referee Beath is quick to wave play on.
64' Melbourne City continue to pepper away at goal - Berenguer's attempted cross takes a deflection and looks for a moment as though it's going to drop in but the ball lands on the top of the net.
60' CHANCE!  How much longer can Sydney FC hang on here?  Atkinson floats a delightful ball to Stefan Colakovski who fires on the turn however he is unable to beat Heward-Belle in goal.
58' Melbourne City are attacking at will at the moment - Scott Jamieson unleashes from the edge of the penalty area however he has curled the shot straight at Heward-Belle who makes a comfortable save.
57' CHANCE! Atkinson eyes light up as he looks to add to his first half goal however his shot slides past the far post.
M. Tilio
Yellow Card
54' YELLOW CARD MELBOURNE CITY - Kosta Barbarouses and Marco Tilio slide in on the loose ball and it is the Melbourne City forward who has picked up a booking.
52' Scott Jamieson is bowled over by Harry Van der Saag and Melbourne City have a free kick deep inside their own defensive half.
50' History is on the side of Melbourne City as we head into the second half - five of the previous six teams to lead at half-time in an A-League Grand Final have gone on to secure the Championship.
48' CHANCE!  Nuno Reis spots a half chance and pulls the trigger from long range but he is unable to keep his shot on target.
47' As was the case early in the first half, Melbourne City are on the front foot in the opening minutes of the second period.
45' SECOND HALF - Melbourne City are in the box seat in the 2020/2021 Hyundai A-League Grand Final and they kick off to get the second half underway!
HALF TIME: MELBOURNE CITY 2 SYDNEY FC 1 - An incredible opening half that had absolutely everything comes to an end at AAMI Park!  Melbourne City came out firing and dominated early but it was Sydney FC, thanks to a 21st minute Kosta Barbarouses thunderbolt, who opened the scoring against the run of play.  City responded almost immediately when Nathaniel Atkinson threaded the needle in the 23rd minute.  The match took a massive turn when Luke Brattan was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card and there was more drama to come when Scott Jamieson fired home from the penalty spot just before half time.  Don't go far away - this one is set to become an epic!
S. Jamieson
Penalty Goal
45' + 1' PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE CITY (Scott Jamieson) MELBOURNE CITY 2 SYDNEY FC 1 - Scott Jamieson sends Thomas Heward-Belle the wrong way and drives his spot kick into the back of the net to give Melbourne City the lead late in the first half!
45' + 1' PENALTY MELBOURNE CITY - Adrián Luna goes to ground inside the penalty area following a clash with Anthony Caceres and referee Beath points straight to the spot!
45' There will be four minutes of additional time played in this first half.
44' A crucial couple of minutes coming up here in the lead up to half time with Melbourne City looking to press home their numerical advantage.
42' A break in play here with Alexander Baumjohann on the turf clutching the back of his head.
41' Luke Brattan has become the first player to receive a red card in an A-League Grand Final since Roy O'Donovan was sent off in the 2017/18 decider.
H. Van der Saag
Bobô
38' SUBSTITUTION SYDNEY FC - The sending off of Brattan has forced Steve Corica into an early tactical change - Bobô comes from the field to be replaced by Harry Van Der Saag.
35' SECOND YELLOW / RED CARD SYDNEY FC - Incredible drama at AAMI Park with Sydney FC reduced to just ten men!  Luke Brattan slides in feet first on Tilio and referee Chris Beath does not hesitate in handing the veteran a second yellow card.
33' Atkinson's ambitious pass from the right has been chopped off and Sydney FC, courtesy of a free kick, have possession on half way.
31' Scott Jamieson gets to the byline where his attempted cross is blocked but the City skipper has won the hosts another corner.
29' Befitting of a Grand Final, this match is being played at a lightning pace with the ball zipping all over the park - high entertainment and drama at AAMI Park!
L. Brattan
Yellow Card
25' YELLOW CARD SYDNEY - Luke Brattan is the first to go into the referee's book for a high boot that almost collected on Aiden O'Neill.
S. Colakovski
Assist
23' Outstanding lead up play from Stefan Colakovski who laid the ball off perfectly to set up Atkinson for the equaliser.
N. Atkinson
Goal
23' GOAL MELBOURNE CITY (Nathaniel Atkinson) MELBOURNE CITY 1 SYDNEY FC 1 - Incredible scenes at AAMI Park as Melbourne City hit back with the equaliser almost immediately!  Nathaniel Atkinson looks to have run into a dead end with Joel King in his path however he picks his spot and buries the ball into the top right corner.
A. Baumjohann
Assist
21' It was Alexander Baumjohann who released the ever dangerous Barbarouses and set him on a path to goal for the opener.
K. Barbarouses
Goal
21' GOAL SYDNEY FC (Kosta Barbarouses) MELBOURNE CITY 0 SYDNEY FC 1 - Sydney FC draw first blood in the Grand Final!  Completely against the run of play, Sydney FC set up against a counter attack - running onto the ball is Kosta Barbarouses and from outside the area he unleashes a wicked strike that gives Glover no chance.
17' From a Luke Brattan free kick to the far post, the ball falls to Kosta Barbarouses who shoots however his shot has been well blocked - corner to Sydney FC.
14' The statistics are reflecting Melbourne City's early dominance - they have enjoyed almost 58% of possession and have had the only two shots in the match to date.
12' Florin Berenguer is able to keep the advancing Sydney FC forwards at bay and the veteran midfielder has won the hosts a goal kick.
10' CHANCE!  Tilio has been in absolutely everything in the opening minutes - he gets on the end of the deflected corner but his chested effort is narrowly off target.
9' Tom Glover almost makes a meal of it right on the goal line but fortunately the City keeper was able to scramble the ball clear just before Bobô arrived.
7' Conditions could not be better for this Grand Final on a fine, yet chilly, Sunday evening in Melbourne - the surface looks to be in excellent nick.
6' The opening five minutes have been played almost exclusively in Sydney's half with Melbourne City looking to really turn the screws early in this first half.
4' Nathaniel Atkinson breaks forward down the right hand side - he is stripped of possession but has won Melbourne City yet another corner.
3' The atmosphere at AAMI Park is electric with the Grand Final officially a sell out.
2' Adrián Luna almost gets on the end of a delightful touch from Marco Tilio however Joel King is on hand for Sydney FC to see the ball over the line for a goal kick.
1' Melbourne City waste no time at all in going on the front foot and they have won their second corner inside the opening minute!
1' FIRST HALF - HERE WE GO!  Sydney FC kick off and we are underway in the 2020/2021 Hyundai A-League Grand Final!
The formalities are complete and we are just moments away from kick off!
Subs: Patrick Wood, Callum Talbot, Milos Ninkovic, Luke Ivanovic, Adam Pavlesic (GK), Harry Van der Saag, Patrick Flottmann.
Sydney FC (4-4-2): Thomas Heward-Belle (GK); Joel King, Ben Warland, Alex Wilkinson, Paulo Retre; Alexander Baumjohann, Anthony Caceres, Luke Brattan, Kosta Barbarouses; Adam Le Fondre, Bobô.
Subs: Ben Garuccio, Matthew Sutton (GK), Taras Gomulka, Raphael Borges Rodrigues, Andrew Nabbout, Kerrin Stokes, Craig Noone.
Melbourne City (4-3-3): Tom Glover (GK); Scott Galloway, Nuno Reis, Rostyn Griffiths, Scott Jamieson; Adrián Luna, Aiden O'Neill, Florin Berenguer; Marco Tilio, Stefan Colakovski, Nathaniel Atkinson.
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for the 2020/2021 Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
Sydney FC know this stage very well - the Sky Blues are the most successful A-League side with five Championships and are gunning for their third Grand Final win in a row which includes a victory over Melbourne City in last year's decider.  They scored a hard fought 2-1 victory over Adelaide United to secure a spot in the Grand Final.
Melbourne City were by far the team to beat throughout the regular season and they claimed their first ever piece of silverware by winning the 2020/21 Premiers Plate.  They qualified for this evening's playoff, and a home Grand Final, by recording a clinical semi-final 2-0 victory over Macarthur.
It all comes down to this!  A very warm welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne which will be the scene of the 2020/2021 Hyundai A-League Grand Final between the Melbourne City and Sydney FC.