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2009 A-League Grand Final
A-League logo
Event A-League 2008–09
Date 28 February 2009
Venue Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Man of the Match Tom Pondeljak, Melbourne Victory
Referee Matthew Breeze
Attendance 53,273

The 2009 A-League Grand Final took place at Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia on 28 February 2009.

It was the final match in the A-League 2008–09 season, and was played between premiers Melbourne Victory and runners-up Adelaide United. Melbourne Victory won the match 1–0 and became the winners of the 2008–09 Championship, thus becoming the first team to win the A-League domestic treble, after also claiming the 2008 Pre-Season Challenge Cup, and the 2008–09 Premiership.[1]

As an added touch of notoriety for the game, the Grand Final was the last ever event to be held at the Telstra Dome, the former name of Melbourne's Docklands Stadium. Due to a change in sponsorship, the stadium is now known as Etihad Stadium.


The match

A contentious early red card given to the lone Adelaide striker Cristiano by referee Matthew Breeze saw the Reds go down to ten men by the tenth minute.[2][3] However, Adelaide managed to hold back Melbourne from scoring until Tom Pondeljak scored 23 metres out from goal in the 60th minute to allow Melbourne to take the lead.

Five minutes later, Melbourne striker Daniel Allsopp was also sent off for allegedly headbutting Adelaide's Robert Cornthwaite in an incident in the Melbourne penalty box.[1]

With both teams down to ten men for the last 25 minutes, Adelaide were left scoreless with Melbourne taking their second A-League championship medal. Pondeljak's goal earned him the prestigious Joe Marston Medal.

Both Cristiano and Allsopp's red cards were revoked by the Football Federation Australia in a post-match conference.[4]

2008-09 finals series

  Semifinals Preliminary final Grand final
    L1 L2    
1  Melbourne Victory 2 4    
2  Adelaide United 0 0              Melbourne Victory 1
       Adelaide United 1      Adelaide United 0
       Queensland Roar 0  
3  Queensland Roar 2 2
4  Central Coast Mariners 0 1  

Match details

28 February 2009
19:30 UTC+11
Melbourne Victory 1 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 53,273
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Pondeljak Goal 60'
Allsopp Red card 65'
Cristiano Red card 10'
GK 1 Australia Michael Theoklitos
DF 2 Australia Kevin Muscat (c)
DF 5 Australia Sebastian Ryall
DF 7 Australia Matthew Kemp
FW 9 Australia Daniel Allsopp Red card 65'
FW 10 Australia Archie Thompson
DF 12 Australia Rodrigo Vargas
MF 14 Australia Billy Celeski
MF 15 Australia Tom Pondeljak Goal 60' Booked in the 61st minute 61' Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
MF 16 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández
MF 22 Australia Nick Ward Substituted off in the 56th minute 56'
GK 20 Australia Mitchell Langerak
MF 8 Scotland Grant Brebner Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
FW 11 Brazil Ney Fabiano
MF 17 Costa Rica José Luis López Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
MF 19 Australia Evan Berger Substituted on in the 56th minute 56' Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
Scotland Ernie Merrick

Joe Marston Medal: Tom Pondeljak

Assistant Referees:
Assistant 1
Assistant 2
Fourth Official:
4th Official

Melbourne V Adelaide 2009.svg
GK 20 Australia Eugene Galeković
DF 2 Australia Robert Cornthwaite Booked in the 81st minute 81'
MF 7 Australia Lucas Pantelis Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
FW 10 Brazil Cristiano Red card 10'
MF 13 Australia Travis Dodd (c) Booked in the 90th minute 90'
DF 14 Australia Scott Jamieson Booked in the 56th minute 56' Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
MF 15 Australia Jonas Salley
DF 16 Australia Daniel Mullen
MF 18 Australia Fabian Barbiero Booked in the 64th minute 64'
DF 19 Australia Saša Ognenovski Booked in the 37th minute 37'
MF 24 Australia Paul Reid
GK 30 Australia Mark Birighitti
FW 3 Brazil Alemão
MF 6 Brazil Cássio Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
FW 9 Australia Paul Agostino Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
MF 28 Australia Rostyn Griffiths
Australia Aurelio Vidmar

Match statistics

Melbourne Adelaide
Attempts at goal 15 9
Attempts on target 6 3
Attempts off target 9 6
Attempts - Woodwork 0 0
Keeper saves 2 4
Ball possession 50% 50%
Corners 8 2
Fouls committed 17 19
Offsides 2 1
Yellow cards 1 5
Red cards 1 1

See also


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