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Victory first into A-League grand final with City win

08 May 2015, 21:30

Melbourne - Melbourne Victory are through to their first A-League grand final in five years with a 3-0 win over cross-town rivals Melbourne City on Friday.

Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses fired the A-League premiers to a 2-0 half-time lead before veteran striker Archie Thompson came off the bench to net a late third goal.

Kevin Muscat's Victory will host the A-League grand final on Sunday week against either Sydney FC or Adelaide United, who play their semi-final in Sydney on Saturday.

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City battled on after losing attacking players David Williams, Aaron Mooy and Frenchman Harry Novillo with injuries during the match, but they had several chances to fight their way back into the contest.

The Melbourne derby semi-final was played before the fourth biggest crowd in A-League history of 50,871 at Etihad Stadium.

Victory are chasing their third A-League title after wins in 2007 and 2009.



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