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Five-goal Roar smash lifeless Sydney

SYDvBRIDimitri Petratos netted a hat trick against his former club as the Brisbane Roar trounced Sydney FC 5-2 at Allianz Stadium to end the year at the top of the A-League table.

A hip injury to Besart Berisha meant Mike Mulvey started Henrique at the top of the Roar formation, but were able to bring Jade North into defence after he passed a 60-minute evaluation on the weekend. Sydney, meanwhile, welcomed the inclusions of Del Piero and Brett Emerton, both back after missing the loss to Wellington Phoenix.

Brisbane came storming out of the blocks, with Sydney barely able to get out of their own half, but the Roar were unable to create shots on goals.

Yet against the run of play, Sydney grabbed the lead in the 11th minute courtesy of a Del Piero free kick. After being fouled by North just outside the box, the Italian managed to strike the ball over the wall and beat Theo, despite the ‘keeper getting both hands to the ball.

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Date/Time Thu Dec 26, 2013, 7:30 PMStadium Allianz StadiumAttendance 17,662Referee Ben Williams


Goal11′ A.Del PieroYellow Card22′ S.RyallYellow Card78′ N.PetkovicGoal90′ R.Garcia


Goal20′ T.BroichPenalty23′ D.Petratos (Pen)
Yellow Card31′ L.BrattanGoal35′ D.PetratosYellow Card68′ HenriquePenalty78′ D.Petratos (Pen)
Goal90′ I.Franjic

Nevertheless, Brisbane dominated from that point onwards and deservedly equalised in the 20th minute when Brattan hit a powerful pass through the Sydney defence to an onside Broich who took the ball into the box and coolly slid it past Janjetovic into the bottom-left corner.

A minute later and the Roar had the lead. It was not a moment Sebastian Ryall will remember with any affection, as his errant pass gifted the ball to Brisbane before he brought down Henrique inside the box to concede a penalty.

Petratos elected to take the spot kick and, despite having to retake the penalty due to overeagerness, he smashed it into the top left corner of the goal to make it 2-1.

Brisbane were completely outplaying the Sky Blues, and could have been three up in the 27th minute if Janjetovic didn’t deny two Henrique shots in quick succession.

But the Roar weren’t going to be denied, and when Petratos found the imposing Broich and was on hand to collect the return, he had sufficient confidence to drive an effort into the top of the goal for his second of the match.

The attacking midfielder almost had his hat trick on the stroke of halftime but Brisbane were again denied by a diving Janjetovic save.

The Sydney FC ‘keeper continued to be at his best in the second half, stopping a sliding Henrique from scoring and stretching to palm away a vicious Petratos strike. Matt McKay’s driven shot on goal hit the base of the post, and Henrique looked to have scored their fourth in the 54th minute when he put the ball in the back of the net but it was correctly disallowed for hand ball.

Sydney looked to be coming into the game when a long ranged effort from Gameiro and a point-blank header from Ryall forced Theo into a pair of strong saves.

Yet as soon as the Sky Blues looked to be gaining the ascendancy, Broich was allowed to latch onto a lobbed ball in the box before being bundled over clumsily by Petkovic for a penalty in the 78th minute. Petrato, again converted from the spot to claim his hat trick and make it 4-1 to the Roar.

Kwame Yeboah would come on in the 84th minute to play his final minutes for the Roar before leaving for Germany, but it would be Franjic that grabbed the Roar’s fifth in extra time. Taking the ball into the box, his initial shot was saved by Janjetovic before he scored on the follow-up.

Sydney managed to grab a late consolation goal, through Richard Garcia capitalising on a Theo mistake but this was Brisbane’s night, leaving them the league leaders into the new year.

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