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Berisha brace extends Roar’s league lead

ADEvBRIBesart Berisha struck twice to help Brisbane Roar to a 2-1 win at Adelaide, in front of 8,861 fans, and extend their lead at the top of the table to six points.

Adelaide United had taken the lead in the sixth minute thanks to an Osama Malik header, but the hosts were unable to hold that lead, with defensive fragility again costing the South Australian side.

It means Adelaide are still winless since Round One, but their performance against a sloppy Brisbane side should quell some of the pressure surrounding coach Josep Gombau.

It was Adelaide that started the match on top, with Cirio putting two dangerous balls across goal in quick succession – the second leading to an open shot for Isaias from outside the box.

A lackadaisical Brisbane side did not heed the early warnings and were made to pay in the sixth minute. A near post corner from Adelaide was not dealt with by the Roar defence, coming to a free Malik who headed home from the six-yard box.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Dec 6, 2013, 7:30 PMStadium Coopers StadiumAttendance 8,861Referee Peter O’Leary


Goal7′ O.MalikYellow Card60′ B.DjiteYellow Card90′ S.Cirio


Penalty21′ B.Berisha (Pen)
Goal72′ B.BerishaYellow Card75′ L.MillerYellow Card90′ J.Hingert

Brisbane slowly began working their way into the contest, yet were still second-best as Adelaide continued to be more desperate to take possession of the ball.

But the Reds would be their own worst enemy, with Tarek Elrich needlessly upending Corey Brown in the box to gift Brisbane a penalty in the 20th minute, which was coolly converted by Berisha.

Nevertheless, Adelaide continued to dominate the first half, and Cirio came close to taking the lead in the 33rd minute. Connecting with a low Carrusca ball, his flicked shot deflected off Donachie and ran agonisingly wide of the post.

Brisbane were riding their luck and had their ‘keeper to thank for keeping them on level terms in the 37th minute. A scramble at the edge of the box led to Ferreira being one out against Acton, but his driving on-target shot was palmed away by a brilliant reaction save from the Roar keeper.

After the break, Adelaide continued to create good opportunities, with a 48th minute Lustica free-kick flashing across goal – just missing the necessary connection from Djite or McKain.

Thereafter, Brisbane were afforded too much space across the park. Warning signs for the Reds came when Miller and Berisha both wasted good chances in the box in the space of two minutes. But the home side failed to react and were punished by the Roar in the 71st minute.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, Berisha turned and danced his way passed two Adelaide players before being flattened by Malik. Reacting first, the Albanian striker got his boot to the ball – somehow directing it through the mess to find the back of the net.

Adelaide continued to press late and looked certain to score when Mabil’s cut back found an open Cirio at the penalty spot, but his snap shot went straight to Acton. The Reds went even closer in the 89th minute when Jeronimo reached a lobbed pass before an oncoming Acton but his headed effort was directed wide – another missed opportunity for the unfortunate Adelaide outfit.

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