Perth Glory vs. Sydney FC – Football Match Report – May 19, 2019


Sydney FC won the A-League Grand Final on penalties after a poor game against Perth Glory ended 0-0 after 120 minutes.

Andy Keogh and Brendon Santalab (who tried a Panenka with his last kick in professional football) saw penalties saved as Sydney won 4-1.

Earlier, Sydney coach Steve Corica was left fuming as the Sky Blues thought they had scored the opener in the 28th minute when Michael Zullo whipped the ball into the box and Glory defender Matthew Spiranovic accidentally knocked it into his own net.

But Sydney’s cheers soon turned to despair when the players realised the linesman’s flag had been raised for offside. Referee Shaun Evans sent the decision to VAR, but the decision was upheld.

Zullo was the man deemed to be offside when Alex Brosque unleashed his pass. Replays — aided by the yellow line — showed Zullo to be in line with Spiranovic when Brosque passed the ball and Corica received a yellow card for his protests.

But technically VAR got it right — with the review system only able to overturn obvious errors — as there was no scope to award the goal under the current guidelines.

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