If ever there was a statement to be made, the Sydney FC made it.
The Sky Blues took their place in the great final alongside Perth Glory with a surprising 6-1 victory over Melbourne Victory's rivals, who simply imploded in Kogarah.
It was a result that few saw the previous Victory record coming at this stage of the competition, but this was their heaviest defeat ever.
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For Sydney, the show was an act of revenge. It was at this stage of last season that they were heartily beaten by Victory, who won the championship.
But there was no repeating for Kevin Muscat's men, who were really humiliated in the night and tormented by too many individual errors – all punished by Sydney.
He sent a threatening message to Perth Glory's coach, Tony Popovic, who was watching from the stands two days after his team's dramatic victory against Adelaide United.
The tone was set from the third minute, when Lawrence Thomas ransacked the line from a corner and Aaron Calver got the final touch as the ball slipped over the line.
And while the visitors recovered well from the stop, the game was substantially decided in the last five minutes of the first half.
Alex Brosque, playing his last A-League game at home, marked the occasion with an absolutely amazing strike at the 43rd minute. The Sky Blues captain scored on the fly after Rhyan Grant's crossbar went through the box.
But there was almost no time to celebrate before Leigh Broxham put the ball in the back of his net with a diving header.
We saw some amazing comebacks in the football world this week, but there were no such Victory heroes.
Instead, the doors opened. Adam Le Fondre scored from the spot before adding another and Milos Ninkovic ended the course with another fantastic finish.
Ola Toivonen scored a consolation goal for the victory at the end, but there were no celebrations.
It may have been a strange result, but Sydney has shown why they were the second best team in the A-League this season and now have the chance to beat the best when they travel to Perth for the Grand Final.
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