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Sydney FC soar into A-League grand final

NZN 29/04/2017 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC are 90 minutes away from the A-League championship after downing Perth 3-0 in a drama-filled semi-final.

The Sky Blues' record-breaking season went on the line in front of 21,938 at Allianz Stadium 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, which they held through the second half.

Sydney will now host either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane at Allianz Stadium on May 7 in their first season-decider since 2010.

"Outstanding performance, especially on that pitch," Sydney coach Graham Arnold said.

"I thought we could have had at least another four goals - (Perth goalkeeper Liam) Reddy made a couple of good saves, we hit the post and the crossbar a couple of times.

"But it was just a totally dominant performance."

Perth had the better of the opening 20 minutes, but Sydney weathered the early pressure, and it paid off handsomely via Josh Brillante's second A-League goal.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the midfielder took a settling touch off a Milos Ninkovic sidepass and fired an absolute belter from 30 metres that gave 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.

Perth coach Kenny Lowe was already fuming as his bench erupted in rage 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.

Arnold said both VAR calls were "wrong decisions made right".

Lowe was less sure but felt the end result was entirely fair based on performance.

"I thought maybe on the second one there was a block, maybe the defender could have actually got in and made a tackle but Bobo blocked him off," Lowe said.

"But that's what it's there for so you can't complain about it."

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