Ranked: Greatest A-League matches

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With football everywhere momentarily put on hold, football fans have been looking at where they can get their next fix.

Here at The Football Sack, we have put together a list of some of the greatest A-League matches since its creation.

These matches can provide some relief from the gaping hole the missing season has created.

8. SEASON 9, ROUND 15: WELLINGTON PHOENIX 5-0 MELBOURNE VICTORY

Wellington Phoenix got sweet revenge when they faced off with Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium.

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A disorganised Victory could not handle the Nix’s intense dominance throughout the entire match.

The 5-0 run for Wellington was just their second home victory at the moment of the season.

7. SEASON 2, ROUND 12: MELBOURNE VICTORY 3-2 SYDNEY FC

A record crowd of 39,730 fans stormed the Telstra Dome (now Marvel Stadium) witnessed one of the most chaotic matches in the league’s short history at the time.

An early red card to then Sydney skipper and now Western United coach Mark Rudan added an extra touch of tension.

Some exchanges of some not kind words from the benches and flying accusations of dirty play added to the drama of the match.

6. SEASON 13, SEMI-FINAL: MELBOURNE VICTORY 3-2 SYDNEY

Everyone loves a good ole’ comeback story and that is what we got when Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC met in the semi-final of season 13.

It is one of the most intense matches in the A-League with two own goals, extra-time drama, two red cards and the pinnacle of righting a wrong.

Victory midfielder Terry Antonis fumbled his team’s 2-1 lead when he rocketed the ball into his own net right on the 90-minute mark.

Antonis quickly went from villain to hero during additional time and picked up another goal, this time in the correct goal net.

5. SEASON 6, GRAND FINAL: BRISBANE ROAR 2-2 (4-2 PEN) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

More than 50,000 fans descended on Suncorp Stadium to watch Brisbane Roar battle it out with the Central Coast Mariners.

Roar, who had secured the premiership in an effortless endeavour under Ange Postecoglou, looked to have lost their nerve when they went two goals down in the first period of extra time.

With only four minutes left it looked all over, but Roar evened out the score thanks to Henrique and Erik Paartalu.

The match went to penalties, where Roar keeper Michael Theoklitos had a heroic performance with two epic saves that helped his side double their score.

4. SEASON 3, ROUND 15: SYDNEY FC 5-4 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

This game at first glance may not seem like much, but a crowd of more than 17,500 fans packed into Bluetongue Stadium got to witness one of the best matches in the history of the A-League.

The excitement kicked off when Central Coast keeper Danny Vukovic was sent off the pitch in the 17th minute, with his team-leading 2-0. Sydney found themselves evening out the score on 50 minutes.

The lead jumped between sides a couple of times, only for the Mariners to lose it when Adam Kwasnik grabbed hold of the ball. He was sent off and Ufuk Talay slotted the resulting penalty home.

3. SEASON 8, ROUND 5: CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 7-2 SYDNEY FC

Despite Sydney marquee Alessandro Del Piero being M.I.A because of injury, the crowd at Gosford were treated to an epic nine-goal match between the two sides.

The visitors took an early lead through Yairo Yau, but that is as good as it got for Sydney.

The Sky Blues could not do much as Daniel McBreen scored a hat-trick and a rising star Tom Rogic sunk a double.

2. SEASON 1, ROUND 8: MELBOURNE VICTORY 5-0 SYDNEY FC

A developing long-standing rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney began to form in round eight of the A-League’s inaugural season. It was only the second time these two sides had met.

Archie Thompson and Kevin Muscat both scored two goals at Olympic Park. Not long after Sydney fans were in disarray when it appeared Muscat had punched Terry McFlynn in the stomach.

Give Sydney FC’s Ufuk Talay a red card and one of the A-League’s greatest rivalries was completed.

1. SEASON 2, GRAND FINAL: MELBOURNE VICTORY 6-0 ADELAIDE UNITED

Already 2-0 after 29 minutes, Adelaide United captain Ross Aloisi was marched off the pitch for his second bookable offence.

The Reds could only watch in horror for the chaos that was about to ensue.

As Victory forward Archie Thompson fluently sent five of his squad’s six goals into the net.

Honourable mention to Kristian Sarkies who scored the other goal for Victory.

Featured image credit: Supplied.

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