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Adelaide United was a club on the ropes after their disastrous
major semi-final series against Melbourne Victory. Going down 2-0
in the home leg and 4-0 away, and with coach Aurelio Vidmar
publicly raising issues of the club's internal issues and derogatory
comments about his club's "Pissant" home town; their campaign
looked terminal. And just 8,472 people, the smallest crowd ever
to attend an A-League finals match, was on hand for their
preliminary final clash against Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh
Stadium.
But somehow the Reds rallied and rediscovered their form,
bouncing back off the canvas to take the preliminary final 1-0 and
earn themselves an Asian Champions League berth as well as a
grand final rematch with Melbourne Victory and a shot at
redemption.

After a nervous opening in which both sides struggled to create
chances, the game was turned on its head at 25 minutes.
Pouncing on a bouncing ball just inside the area, Fabian Barbiero
struck the ball past the despairing dive of Roar keeper Liam
Reddy into the corner of the net. And suddenly, against all
expectations and against the run of play, the Reds were in front.
It was still 1-0 at the break. The second half saw the Roar throw
everything at the Reds, looking for an equaliser. They came close
several times, with a string of corners and some determined
strikes by Sergio Van Dijk which it took all of the brilliance of
Eugene Galekovic to keep out.
But the Reds prevailed, and for the second straight year the
Roar's hopes of a grand final appearance was to fall at the final
hurdle. The Reds are into their second grand final, and like the
first they will be playing Melbourne Victory at Telstra Dome. On
that pervious occasion, the Victory humiliated Adelaide 6-0. Can
the Reds turn the tables and bounce back from recent disasters
to take the A-League title?
Adelaide United 1 (F Barbiero 25)
Queensland Roar 0.
Yellow Cards : Reds -
Nil. Roar - C Miller 90.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 8,472 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
FINALS FIXTURES - SEMI FINALS
Minor Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Central Coast Mariners 0 Queensland Roar 2

Major Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Adelaide United 0 Melbourne Victory 2

Minor Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Queensland Roar 2 Central Coast Mariners 1

Major Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Melbourne Victory 4 Adelaide United 0

Saturday 21st February
Preliminary Final
Adelaide United 1 Queenalnd Roar 0

Saturday 28th February
Grand Final
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
(Telstra Dome, 7:30pm)

All times shown are Sydney time
ALSO IN A-LEAGUE

A-League Round 1 2007-08
A-League Round 2 2007-08
A-League Round 3 2007-08
A-League Round 4 2007-08
A-League Round 5 2007-08
A-League Round 6 2007-08
A-League Round 7 2007-08
A-League Round 8 2007-08
A-League Round 9 2007-08
A-League Round 10 2007-08
A-League Round 11 2007-08
A-League Round 12 2007-08
A-League Round 13 2007-08
A-League Round 14 2007-08
A-League Round 15 2007-08
A-League Round 16 2007-08
A-League Round 17 2007-08
A-League Round 15 07-08 (part 2)
A-League Round 18 2007-08
A-League Round 19 2007-08
A-League Round 20 2007-08
A-League Round 21 2007-08
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2007-08 Preliminary Final
A-League 2007-08 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2008-09
A-League Round 2 2008-09
A-League Round 3 2008-09
A-League Round 4 2008-09
A-League Round 5 2008-09
A-League Round 6 2008-09
A-League Round 7 2008-09
A-League Round 8 2008-09
A-League Round 9 2008-09
A-League Round 10 2008-09
A-League Round 11 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v CCM (1/11/08)
A-League Round 12 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v Well (7/11/08)
A-League Round 13 2008-09
A-League Round 14 2008-09
A-League Round 15 2008-09
A-League Round 16 2008-09
A-League Round 17 2008-09
A-League Round 18 2008-09
A-League Round 15 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 19 2008-09
A-League Round 16 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 20 2008-09
A-League Round 21 2008-09
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2008-09 Preliminary Final
A-League 2008-09 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2009-10
A-League Round 2 2009-10
A-League Round 3 2009-10
A-League Round 4 2009-10
A-League Round 5 2009-10
A-League Round 6 2009-10
A-League Round 7 2009-10
A-League Round 8 2009-10
A-League Round 9 2009-10
A-League Round 10 2009-10
A-League Round 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
PHOTO GALLERIES:

Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (24/8/07)
Sydney FC v Wellington P'nix (14/9/07)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (20/10/07)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (28/10/07)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (3/11/07)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (25/11/07)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (15/12/07)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (22/12/07)
Adelaide United v Sydney FC (28/12/07)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (20/1/08)
Grand Final - CCM v Newcastle (24/2/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (4/10/08)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst Mariners (1/11/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (7/11/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (28/11/08)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (7/12/08)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (13/12/08)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (21/12/08)
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC (27/12/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (11/1/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/1/09)
Trial - Sydney FC v CC Mariners (6/7/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (12/9/09)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (5/10/09)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (25/10/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (29/11/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (5/12/09)
Sydney FC v Central Cst M'ners (23/12/09)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast United (17/1/10)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (7/02/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (14/02/10)
Semi - Sydney FC v Melb Victory (7/03/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (7/08/10)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (4/10/10)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (30/10/10)
Central Coast v Perth Glory (30/10/10)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast Utd (6/11/11)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (19/11/11)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart (29/12/11)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (5/02/12)