Leaving behind the comforts of home holds no fears for the Wellington Phoenix, whose dizzying ascent through the A-League soccer playoffs sees them cross the Tasman for the penultimate hurdle this week.

Minor premiers Sydney FC lie in wait on Saturday, buoyed no doubt by three wins from three against the New Zealand club this season but stinging that they couldn't overcome defending champions Melbourne Victory in last night's major semifinal. It means defending champions Melbourne - who won the two-leg semi 4-3 on aggregate after yesterday's 2-2 extra time draw - will host the grand final on March 20.

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