Second leg heartbreak sets up sudden-death playoff with Phoenix

The night had so much promise but ended up yielding only one of the biggest sporting downers I’ve experienced in a long time. It was truly quite cruel in the end – after fighting back to level the tie at 3-3 (2-1 on the night) and forcing extra time, to lose to a poor call by the ref which led to a quick free kick which caught the Sky Blues napping.

The result means that Melbourne will host the Grand Final (again) and that Sydney now have a one-off sudden-death match against the Phoenix (following their extra-time 3-1 win over the Jets) to qualify for the Championship decider.

As a side note, it was also disappointing to stand in Bay 26 and have so many people around us not singing. Seriously people, one of the biggest matches of the year and you file into the home end and stand there slack jawed and silent. To avoid a repeat, I’ve made sure to grab tickets in Bay 23 for the Preliminary Final where you can always be guaranteed a vocal gathering.

Pictures below from happier times during the night (before the game and at half-time):

 

Official match stats from A-League.com.au

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