A-League 2020 grand final: Sydney FC v Melbourne City – live!

A-League 2020 grand final: Sydney FC v Melbourne City – live!

30-Aug-2020 08:03:12 | The Guardian

Speaking of ripping reads, do yourself a favour and tuck into David Squires’ sideways take on the A-League grand final. If you haven’t done so already, that is. Which of course you have. So just go ahead and read it again, will you? Multiple takes are a must, I find. You notice things second and third time around that you didn’t see first-up.

Related: David Squires on ... the 2020 A-League grand final

LINEUP | Here’s how your Sky Blues shape up for tonight’s decider!

Unchanged from our Semi-Final win with Zuvela joining the bench Thoughts?#SydneyIsSkyBlue #Premi4rs #OneDown #ALeagueGF pic.twitter.com/UYzzQY8xQY

So no surprises. Nothing to see here - apart from a ripping XI - and we move onto Melbourne City.

Our #ALeagueGF team is in! #CityTogether ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LBUK1C26Vo

Today’s coronavirus-capped capacity at Bankwest Stadium is 7,500 people. The joke goes that Melbourne City will not notice any restrictions. This is about the average attendance for City games, as my colleague, Simon Hill, points out in his excellent piece published yesterday.

Hill also asks why City haven’t attracted the affections of sport-mad Melbourne despite the best efforts of the mega-rich City Football Group.

Related: Melbourne City’s search for identity ramps up with first grand final appearance | Simon Hill

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the A-League grand final. The road to Bankwest Stadium has been long, winding and littered with doubt. But for all the tumult in a season jolted by Covid-19, the two best teams of the competition have seen off all-comers to advance to the decider. Both Sydney FC and Melbourne City did no more than they had to in the semi-finals - a pair of 2-0 victories were as safe as they were workmanlike - but if any two teams are capable of producing a match of quality befitting the stage, it’s these two.

Hearts of the neutral majority will be siding with City, who are seeking a maiden grand final win after previously falling four times at the semi-final stage in their now decade-long existence. Victory for Sydney FC will bring a fifth A-League championship to the club and herald just the second back-to-back title triumph since Brisbane Roar in 2011-2012. It would also add another chapter to the dynasty of a team that has been crowned premiers in four of the past five seasons to go with championships in 2017 and 2019.

Stunning afternoon for a Grand Final! @SydneyFC v @MelbourneCity, who you got in the #ALeagueGF? pic.twitter.com/rTkVtAOwR7

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