Grant's extra time goal gives Sydney FC fifth A-League title

Rhyan Grant scored the extra-time winner as Sydney FC claimed a record fifth A-League title with a 1-0 victory over Melbourne City in a pulsating Australian championship final.

Anthony Caceres of Sydney is tackled by Nathaniel Atkinson of Melbourne City during the A-League Grand Final match at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.   -  Reuters Photo

Rhyan Grant scored the extra-time winner as Sydney FC claimed a record fifth A-League title with a 1-0 victory over Melbourne City in a pulsating Australian championship final at Western Sydney Stadium on Sunday.

After 100 minutes of entertaining deadlock, the Socceroos fullback ghosted in behind the defence to chest a sublime angled pass from midfielder Luke Brattan into the net at the far post.

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The grand final victory brought an end to an 11-month campaign and gave Sydney back-to-back titles for the first time, moving them above four-times champions Melbourne Victory in the list of most decorated A-League clubs.

Sydney had dominated the regular season, which was halted for almost four months due to the coronavirus outbreak and needed all three Melbourne-based teams and the Wellington Phoenix to relocate to New South Wales to finish it.

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