Melbourne Victory win record fourth A-League grand final

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Kosta Barbarouses scored the contentious victor in the ninth minute of the game on Saturday in Newcastle.Despite replays showing three Victory players offside, it was allowed to stand after intervention by VAR. "We got tested in many aspects of the game and we stood tall, we stood together, we worked hard".

Newcastle continued to have the better of the play with Roy O'Donovan firing over and Riley McGree seeing a shot blocked, before Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas made an excellent stop to deny O'Donovan.

A technical malfunction with the video review system was blamed Sunday on the incorrect awarding of a goal that decided Australia's soccer title, throwing fresh doubts on the technology ahead of its World Cup debut.

James Donachie was in an offside position when he headed to Kosta Barbarouses to score in the ninth minute, but VAR could not be used as the feed was lost.

Merrick accused referee Jarred Gillett of letting "too much go" resulting in a somewhat laboured spectable, particuly in the second half, but he saved most of his ammo for Victory's play.

VAR, which has been at the centre of controversy throughout the Australian season, did not intervene, even though replays clearly showed Donachie strayed offside as George delivered his set-piece at McDonald Jones Stadium. I have spoken to four or five people already and they all said the same thing.

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"I am still a fan of the VAR but I'm not sure if he looked at that in the replay when the ball was kicked - it looked like there were three players offside".

From that point on there was no doubt that Newcastle weren't going to lose the game with a vocal 19,000 strong crowd refusing to let this story end in the semi-finals.

This year in particular made it look all the more freakish after Sydney FC, who completed the league phase of the season 14 points clear of the chasing pack, were knocked out in the semi-final stage. Pity about the cricket, netball and rugby union, but as they say, you can't win 'em all. "It's hard to keep focused on playing football". We've done it all year and we've got into the Grand final.

It looked like Newcastle were destined for an early finals exit last week, with Melbourne City threatening to rain on the club's parade.

"I think we've made enormous ground, we've really put ourselves on the A-League map".

The top tier Down Under employs a rather odd system for crowning a victor however.

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