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Best of the A-League's Big Blues

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/05/2017 Emma Kemp

THE ORIGINAL

Sydney FC 1-1 Melbourne Victory, round one, 2005-06

FFA capitalised on the staunch interstate rivalry from the first season's very first round. Sky Blues marquee man Dwight Yorke headed home the opener in front of home fans before Archie Thompson levelled the scores to establish a long-lasting friction.

SYDNEY WIN PREMIERS PLATE

Sydney FC 2-0 Melbourne Victory, round 27, 2009-10

A month before their first grand-final meeting, Sydney beat Victory on the final day of regular season to leapgrog the leaders and snatch the premiership. Karol Kisel and John Aloisi took care of the goals. They would meet again in the season-decider, when the Sky Blues won their most recent championship on penalties.

BRIDGE TRUMPS KEWELL V EMERTON HYPE

Melbourne Victory 0-0 Sydney FC, round one, 2011-12

More memorable for its pre-match build-up than the actual encounter, given it played out soon after Victory secured Harry Kewell and Sydney signed his Socceroos teammate Brett Emerton. There were no goals for the 40,000-plus crowd but also no shortage of drama when Sky Blues forward Mark Bridge was red-carded for elbowing Rodrigo Vargas.

CROOK BOWS OUT

Sydney FC 2-3 Melbourne Victory, round six, 2012-13

Leading 2-0 at home with 13 minutes remaining, Alessandro Del Piero's Sydney were set for a desperately needed win - until they conceded three rapid-fire goals to substitute Andrew Nabbout (two) and Archie Thompson. Sky Blues coach Ian Crook resigned the very next day, just six games in to his tenure.

FIVE-STAR SYDNEY

Melbourne Victory 0-5 Sydney FC, round 16, 2013-14

Sydney's biggest Big Blue win came more than eight years after Victory triumphed by the same margin in season one. Del Piero bagged a braced and Seb Ryall scored at his former club's stomping ground in an Australia Day classic.

VICTORY DOMINATE DECIDER

Melbourne Victory 3-0 Sydney FC, grand final, 2014-15

In an inversion of 2009-10, a ruthless Victory pipped Sydney to the Premiers Plate before completing the double in Melbourne. Big-game striker Besart Berisha opened the scoring after 33 minutes and Graham Arnold's Sky Blues never recovered.

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