Apr 18, 2014 at 10.30am UK at ​Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
VictoryMelbourne Victory
Sydney FCSydney FC
Thompson (20'), Finkler (92')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Ryall (33')

Result: Melbourne Victory eliminate Sydney FC late on

Melbourne Victory beat Sydney FC in the elimination finals with a late goal from Guilherme Finkler.

Melbourne Victory scored a dramatic late goal in the elimination finals to beat Sydney FC 2-1 on Friday in the A-League.

Guilherme Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at Etihad Stadium on April 18, 2014© Getty Images

Victory dominated the opening stages of the game and twice came close in the opening six minutes. First they were denied by the offside flag before Archie Thompson put a shot just wide.

The opening goal did come after 18 minutes and it was the dangerman Thompson who grabbed it. Pablo Contreras drove down his flank with the ball before finding Thompson, who clipped inside the far post.

Things remained tense until Sydney got themselves level just after the half-hour mark. Sebastian Ryall was played in inside the box before he took a neat touch and finished with his second.

Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe kept his side level on 55 minutes with a tipped save, and it proved to be valuable as Guilherme Finkler grabbed a goal at the death to eliminate Sydney.

Richard Garcia of Sydney FC celebrates after scoring during the round five A-League match between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on November 9, 2013
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