Memory lane: five of the best A-League matches in history

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Though we are currently enjoying another season of thrilling A-League football, which five matches in the competitions history stand out above the rest?

Let’s kick-start this list with an encounter that all A-League fans will remember, particularly those in the Queensland area.

Brisbane Roar 2-2 Central Coast Mariners: 2010/2011 Grand Final

Arguably the best A-League team in history, the Brisbane Roar’s penalty shootout victory over the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium served up their first A-League championship and an instant classic.

Ninety minutes of football could not determine a winner, but it was in extra time where the game erupted into life.

 

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Adam Kwasnik broke the deadlock in the 96th minute, before the Mariners looked more than set to capture its first A-League title after Oliver Bozanic’s finish from close range helped the travellers to a 2-0 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Brisbane completely flipped the script with three minutes to go when Henrique got a goal back before Erik Paartalu’s header sent Suncorp Stadium into meltdown.

Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos was the hero in the shootout, producing back-to-back saves to cement a 4-2 shootout triumph.

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory: 2011/12 Grand Final 

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Yes, Brisbane Roar again. But who remembers the drama that came along with one?

The Roar claimed back-to-back championships, which has never been accomplished by another outfit and like the last grand final, the Roar came from behind to win it all.

Ivan Franjic’s own goal in the 53rd minute was cancelled out by Albanian front man Besart Berisha’s double, which included a controversial penalty incident in last stages of injury time that will never be forgotten.

Central Coast Mariners 4-5 Sydney FC: Round 15, 2007/08 

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An astonishing game of football graced Bluetongue Stadium (now Central Coast Stadium) and there was no way it was being left out here.

The Mariners broke out to a 2-0 lead, before goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was sent off in just the 17th minute, which changed the complexion of the game.

This saw Sydney bring the score to 2-2 in the 49th minute and the unpredictability of the contest kept everyone on their toes.

It then turned into 3-3 and 4-4, but it was Sydney who walked away with all three points after the Mariners had another player sent off in Adam Kwasnik (who scored the Mariners fourth), which left Ufak Talay to score from the spot and confirm the most dramatic victory in A-League history.

Melbourne Victory 5-0 Sydney FC 5-0: Round 8 2005/06 

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A massive throwback to the A-League’s first season and it shows how quickly time has flown by since it’s inaugural campaign.

Two of the countries most popular cities collided in what would be their second battle of the season and what is now one of the most fierce rivalries in the competition to this day.

Two goals from Archie Thompson and two Kevin Muscat penalties helped the Victory cruise to a thumping win, but the game did have a fiery exchange.

Muscat was caught punching the ribcage of Sydney’s Terry McFlynn, which sparked an immediate scuffle between the two teams.

Melbourne Victory 6-0 Adelaide United, 2006/07 Grand Final

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A third grand final mention in this list shows just how great A-League Grand Finals are.

Adelaide fell 2-0 down before going a man down just before the half hour mark after captain Ross Aloisi was given his marching orders.

You thought that was bad? What unfolded until the final whistle was a complete capitulation.

The Victory would go on to deliver the most devastating grand final win in history as Thompson bagged an amazing five of his teams six goals to give Melbourne their first championship.

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