8 Mar 2010

Melbourne to host A-League grand final

5:48 am on 8 March 2010

Archie Thompson returned from injury to help Melbourne Victory book a third A-League grand final berth in a controversial extra-time win over Sydney FC in their major semi-final.

Thompson netted a 113th-minute winner at the Sydney Football Stadium after the second leg had finished 2-1, a reversed scoreline from the first leg at Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.

The striker's goal ensured Melbourne will host the grand final in a fortnight at Etihad Stadium, while Sydney must now play the Wellington Phoenix at home next Saturday for a second shot at a spot in the decider.

But the Victory's win came in controversial circumstances, with Thompson's goal coming from a quickly-taken Kevin Muscat free-kick that perhaps should not have been awarded.

Earlier the Phoenix scored 2-goals in extra time for a 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in Wellington.