FULL TIME: Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Victory takes the points on Australia Day! Impressive display from the Melbourne side, although Sydney fired up towards the end of the game, after they pegged one back. The Sky Blues ended up with nine men after Calvano and Fabio both received two yellows. Victory could have played better in the final third, but after scoring three goals, you can't really say there was that much to criticise.
That's all from AAMI Park, but certainly not all from Melbourne Park - just over the road, the women's final of the Australian Open is about to get under way. We'll be covering all the action there as well.
90th minute + 4 - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Bru with a great chance. Del Piero had the ball stolen off him and the ball ended up with Bru, whose shot sailed above the head of the Sydney keeper.
90th minute + 2 - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
ANOTHER yellow card to Sydney. Fabio gets his second for the match, and is sent off. Sydney down to nine men.
Referee has signalled four minutes of additional time.
90th minute + 1 - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
YELLOW CARD to Del Piero. He protests, saying it was his first foul. But he can't change the referee's mind.
90th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Nabbout has a great chance for Victory, after a Bru ball saw him with a shot in the box. He held on to the ball under fire as three or four defenders converged on him, but his shot was straight into a pair of Sydney legs.Back to top
88TH minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Abbas brings Rojas down and Victory has the free, almost directly in front of goal. In the mean time they make a final change, with Bru replacing Celeski.
87th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Very sloppy defending from Melbourne Victory sees Del Piero with the ball. Ferreira brings him down and now Sydney has a free forcing a brilliant save from Coe! Rhyan Grant headed the ball, it was on target, but Coe saved the day.
85th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
As Victory holds a two-goal advantage, you couldn't really call it a tense final five minutes - yet. But Sydney has found something, and they are pressing to score another.
83rd minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Free kick to Sydney FC as they move into attack. Del Piero was the one who was fouled and he had stern words with the ref, wanting to see someone carded. Referee again unmoved.
82nd minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Real chance there for Victory, as they outnumbered the Sydney defence going forward. Victory fans were screaming for handball in the box after the ball was crossed in, but the referee was unmoved.Back to top
81st minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Ferreira picks up a yellow for a foul on Fabio. He tries apologising and running off, but can't escape the card.
79th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Whew - things have really hotted up as Sydney, despite being down to ten men, has pegged one back and look to be playing with a bit of spark now. Just over ten minutes left...can they conjure something? The momentum has certainly swung back. Unbelievably, it is a far more even contest now.
76th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION for Melbourne. Archie Thompson comes off, replaced by Andrew Nabbout. And on debut, Stella comes on for Flores.
74th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 0
There's been a substitution for Sydney, Yau is on the park, Culina is off.
75th minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 1
Griffiths is the scorer - a good finish from a fairly tight angle. Coe was at full stretch but it wasn't enough. The Sky Blues have pegged one back!!Back to top
72nd minute - Melbourne 3 Sydney 0
ROJAS! Another deflection, but the Victory cans don't care. An unconvincing clearance from the Sydney defence, and Marco Rojas cleaned it up. The crowd called for him to shoot, and he did. The deflection was off Adam Griffiths. All falling apart for Sydney FC now.
71st minute - Melbourne 2 Sydney 0
It's hard to keep up here, things have stepped up a notch and Victory are peppering the goals. No further luck for the Melbourne side yet, an a ten-man Sydney side is struggling to keep up.
69th minute - Melbourne 2 Sydney 0
SUBSTITUTION for Sydney - Adam Griffiths is on for the Sky Blues. Blake Powell makes way.
68th minute - Melbourne 2 Sydney 0
Beautiful goal by Archie Thompson! Celeski played him in through heavy traffic and Thompson turned and fired it in from point-blank range. Crowd goes nuts, Archie goes nuts...it's 2-0!
67th minute - Melbourne 1 Sydney 0
Best chance of the game for Sydney FC, and it came to Joel Griffiths on a very tight angle. The shot went wide.Back to top