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Sydney FC soar into A-League grand final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC have gotten through to the A-League grand final after downing Perth 3-0 in a drama-filled semi at Allianz Stadium.

The Sky Blues' record-breaking season went on the line in front of 21,938 on Saturday night, and they didn't disappoint against a confident Glory side that couldn't quite match the class of the premiers.

The video assistant referee played a prominent role, overturning two disallowed goals to help Sydney to a 3-0 lead at halftime, a scoreline that proved more than enough to set up a May 7 season-decider against either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane.

Perth had the better of the opening 20 minutes, Rostyn Griffiths moving their hosts around in the midfield and making them work.

Sydney weathered the early pressure that paid off via Josh Brillante's goal.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the midfielder took a settling touch off a Milos Ninkovic pass and fired an absolute belter from 30 metres that gave Liam Reddy no chance.

By halftime Sydney had tripled the lead, in controversial circumstances that sent tensions soaring on and off the pitch.

First, Buijs scored a 37th-minute stunner but the linesman's flag went up at Bobo, who was offside and appeared to impede Perth defender Dino Djulbic.

Referee Peter Green sent the decision up for review and VAR Strebre Delovski allowed the goal to stand on the basis there was minimal interference.

Kenny Lowe was already fuming and Graham Arnold fist-pumping when the VAR rescued the Sky Blues again in first-half injury-time.

This time Filip Holosko was ruled offside after heading in Sydney's third but Delovski correctly overruled.

Perth goalkeeper Liam Reddy then cleaned up Buijs but escaped without a booking.

After the break, Marc Warren nearly scored an own goal, Brosque forced a fine save from Reddy and Ibini was denied and hit the post on the rebound to end Perth's season.

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