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Germano pushes City a step closer to finals

In a game with major implications for the finals series it was Melbourne City who won 1-0 over Brisbane on Saturday, in what was a massive six pointer for the last remaining finals place.

Brisbane, who have had their squad ravaged by injuries and international call-ups, lost Jerome Polenz to injury in the warm up, while City looked fresh after a week’s break and  like a team desperate to make the finals.

City scored in the fourth minute after a sloppy start to the game from both teams. Robert Koren crossed a dangerous ball for a Josh Kennedy header, which was saved by Jamie Young, but the ball bounced straight to Jonatan Germano who tapped in from close range.

The rest of the first half was characterised by a lot of build up play, which led to few clear chances on goal.

James Brown missed a gilt-edged chance from the edge of the box, after the Germano goal which could have put Melbourne City in a commanding position.

City had most of the play in the first period playing the ball wide to stretch the game, while Brisbane mainly played on the counter with direct balls to the forward line.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Mar 28, 2015, 7:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 9,561Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

Melb. City

Goal5′ J.GermanoYellow Card27′ J.BrownYellow Card64′ E.PaartaluYellow Card72′ J.ClisbyYellow Card85′ H.Novillo

Brisbane

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James Brown had to come off injured at the mid-point of the half after injuring his ankle, and was replaced by Harry Novillo. Novillo didn’t take long to attack the Brisbane goal with a speculative shot from the wing going wide.

Brisbane ended the half encouragingly, with shots by Brandon Borrello from the right saved by Tando Velaphi, and a shot across the box by Dimitri Petratos which fizzed wide.

The second half started with a similar tempo to the first half.

Brisbane came out looking to control the game and play out more from the back, while City sat back and played on the counter to protect their goal advantage.

Brisbane attacked when Dimitri Petratos ran down the left wing, cut inside and shot which was duly saved by Tando Velaphi.

After Brisbane’s early possession, the game fell back into a holding pattern where each team would counter attack and clear the ball; each team not wanting to make a wrong move.

City had another chance to double their lead but again fired over. Massimo Murdocca crossed into the box, with the ball evading Robert Koren but falling to Germano who fired over the bar.

Jade North tried to take matters into his own hands with a ambitious shot from the half way line, too, which fell just over the back-tracking Velaphi’s goal.

In a game that meant so much to both teams, the skill and execution of play was poor. Each team did not want to put a foot wrong and the play suffered as a result.

Melbourne will be happy they got the win in a professional performance which should secure them a finals place. Brisbane now need a miracle if they are going to make the top six and, on tonight’s form, neither team look likely to make a massive impact on the competition come the finals.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Patrick Kisnorbo (Melbourne City)
2 Jade North (Brisbane Roar)
1 Tando Velaphi (Melbourne City)
Youth Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)

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avatarThom is a freelance journalist with a passion for all things football.

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