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Tim Cahill has next club lined up, says Kevin Muscat

Cahill walked away from Melbourne City on Wednesday after agreeing terms to rip up his contract Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he knows Tim Cahill well enough to believe he has his next playing deal stitched up.Cahill sensationally walked fr…

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Melbourne Victory find maiden A-League win as Kerr scores double

A-League: Melbourne Victory 2-0 Perth Glory at nib StadiumW-League: Perth Glory 2-0 Melbourne Victory at nib StadiumEnemy No1 Besart Berisha came back to haunt Perth Glory yet again as Melbourne Victory notched their first win of the season with a 2-0 …

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Early goals a worry for Adelaide coach after draw against Melbourne Victory

Marco Kurz says draw a fair result for both sides but laments Reds’ inability to secure a win after being ahead 2-1Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has lamented his side’s inability to kill off Melbourne Victory in their bruising 2-2 A-League draw at t…

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David Squires on … Melbourne Victory’s innovative grand final plan to stifle Sydney FC

Our resident cartoonist signs off for the season with a look back at an eventful and at times combustible A-League grand final

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David Squires on … Melbourne Victory’s innovative grand final plan to stifle Sydney FC

Our resident cartoonist signs off for the season with a look back at an eventful and at times combustible A-League grand final

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Sydney FC breathe sigh of relief as season of domination is justly rewarded | Sam Perry

Following their grand final win, there can be no argument about the identity of the A-League’s best team, though there probably should not have been anyway

It is now incontestable. After an A-League grand final played at an unmatched intensity, Sydney FC emerged limping victors. In doing so, they applied the arguable but evidently necessary sheen to crown themselves undisputed champions, and can now safely enter the realms of A-League legend. After a bruising encounter that won’t be soon forgotten, the operative word in Sydney is surely, “phew”.

Related: Sydney FC crowned A-League champions after grand final shootout against Melbourne Victory

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Sydney FC crowned A-League champions after grand final shootout against Melbourne Victory

  • Sydney FC 1-1 (aet) Melbourne Victory (Sydney win 4-2 on penalties)
  • Milos Ninkovic the hero as Sky Blues win third A-League title

For much of a combustible, often ugly, evening at Allianz Stadium, it seemed a record-breaking season, recent head-to-head form and home advantage would count for naught. But Sydney FC, the heavy pre-grand final favourites, proved they possess a steel underpinning their much-lauded style by overcoming an early punch to the guts delivered by Besart Berisha to going on and win a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of football had ended 1-1.

Related: A-League grand final: Sydney FC beat Melbourne Victory on penalties – as it happened

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A-League grand final: Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory – live!

  • Live updates on the title decider at Allianz Stadium
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Well the pitch might be “meh” but it’s perfect football weather – blue skies with just a tinge of cold in the air. The stadium is a sea of blue, filling up well in the build-up to kick-off. Not long to go now.

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Here’s one for the Victory fans seeing as the club’s sneaky attempt to get it played during the warm-ups was rumbled by the FFA this week.

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A-League grand final: all you need to know about the 2016-17 season finale

On Sunday, the two best teams in the country over the course of the season meet in a winner-takes-all clash at Allianz StadiumCoach: Graham Arnold Continue reading…

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Grand final pitch complaints sounds like Victory excuses, says Mark Rudan

  • Former Sydney FC captain makes claim before Sunday’s title decider
  • Allianz Stadium surface has been heavily criticised in buildup to match

Melbourne Victory’s remarks about Allianz Stadium’s poor pitch could be a sign they’re already doling out excuses for an A-League grand-final loss, former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan suggests.

The substandard surface has stolen most of the headlines ahead of Sunday’s showpiece.

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David Squires on … the A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

Our cartoonist looks ahead to the season finale and the state of the Allianz Stadium pitch, Graham Arnold’s mind games and FFA’s two-tone sausage sizzle

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David Squires on … the A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

Our cartoonist looks ahead to the season finale and the state of the Allianz Stadium pitch, Graham Arnold’s mind games and FFA’s two-tone sausage sizzle

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FFA get dream A-League grand final as VAR technology plays its part | Sam Perry

Melbourne Victory proved they are the best-placed team to challenge Sydney FC on a weekend when video replays exacerbated symptoms of rage

If finals formats are meant to deliver the best two teams on grand final day, then the weekend’s semi-finals worked to perfection. However it bares thinking that, in essence, four sides duked it out last week for the right to be comfortably beaten by the A-League’s best sides this week. In other words, the semis have served to confirm what we just about already knew: Sydney are the best team in Australia, and Victory are the team most likely to knock them over in a one-off, winner-takes-all showdown.

Related: Besart Berisha heads Victory past Roar and into A-League grand final

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Besart Berisha heads Victory past Roar and into A-League grand final

  • Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park
  • Victory will meet Sydney FC in next weekend’s title decider

Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC for the A-League championship after Besart Berisha sunk his former club Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday night. On a tense evening at AAMI Park, Berisha broke the deadlock for Kevin Muscat’s men with 20 minutes remaining, heading home Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross.

Victory were worthy winners after playing the role of aggressors for most of the game and eventually beat determined goalkeeper Jamie Young. Their progression to the showpiece match – to be played on Sunday 7 May at Allianz Stadium – means the top two finishers will compete in the grand final for the fifth straight year.

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Besart Berisha heads Victory past Roar and into A-League grand final

  • Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park
  • Victory will meet Sydney FC in next weekend’s title decider

Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC for the A-League championship after Besart Berisha sunk his former club Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday night. On a tense evening at AAMI Park, Berisha broke the deadlock for Kevin Muscat’s men with 20 minutes remaining, heading home Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross.

Victory were worthy winners after playing the role of aggressors for most of the game and eventually beat determined goalkeeper Jamie Young. Their progression to the showpiece match – to be played on Sunday 7 May at Allianz Stadium – means the top two finishers will compete in the grand final for the fifth straight year.

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Phoenix stay in hunt for A-League finals berth with upset of Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at AAMI Park Phoenix four points off Perth in sixth with two matches remainingRoly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory on Sunday evening. The Dutch-born li…

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Adelaide leapfrog Mariners in battle to avoid wooden spoon

Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Adelaide UnitedDiawara sparks second-half revival for RedsBaba Diawara inspired a 3-2 comeback win for Adelaide United over Central Coast to lift the Reds off the bottom of the A-League table for the first time since January….

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Victory tighten grip on second place with emphatic win over Glory

  • Melbourne Victory 4-1 Perth Glory
  • Result temporarily extends race for Premiers Plate

Melbourne Victory overwhelmed Perth Glory 4-1 in a high-quality encounter to cement their grip on second spot on the A-League ladder and temporarily extend the race for the Premiers Plate. Kevin Muscat’s men hadn’t beaten the Glory in their past eight A-League attempts but were thoroughly deserving winners at AAMI Park on Saturday night. The result means Sydney FC will have to wait another week at least before they are mathematically assured of top spot.

Related: Sydney close in on Premiers Plate with tight win over Mariners

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A-League: Bobo strike seals Sydney FC victory in Big Blue

  • Sydney FC 1-0 Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium
  • Sky Blues likely to claim Premiers’ Plate after Bobo’s 60th minute winner

Sydney FC have effectively won their first piece of silverware in seven A-league seasons, dismantling Melbourne Victory 1-0 to all but claim the Premiers’ plate. Bobo buried his 11th goal of the campaign to seal Friday’s defining Big Blue, lifting the Sky Blues 11 points clear of second-placed Victory and rendering a comeback for Kevin Muscat’s men nigh on impossible.

Graham Arnold’s tearaway leaders need just four more points from the five remaining rounds to lift the trophy. It was the Brazilian striker’s name on the scoreboard 50 minutes in, but the goal really belonged to his whole team and was orchestrated by playmaker Milos Ninkovic.

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Besart Berisha strikes twice as Melbourne Victory sink Central Coast

  • Central Coast Mariners 0-3 Melbourne Victory
  • Berisha nets brace on 150th A-League appearance

Melbourne Victory halted Central Coast’s A-League revival to fire themselves within eight points of Sydney FC a day after the leaders suffered their first defeat of the season.

Golden boot leader Besart Berisha celebrated his 150th league appearance with a goal in each half on Sunday to sandwich James Troisi’s 58th-minute strike in Gosford, and stop the ninth-placed Mariners claiming a fourth consecutive win in their push for an unlikely play-off spot.

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