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Brisbane survive late scare in Adelaide

roarcelebrateBrisbane Roar’s impressive record in Adelaide continues after a 3-2 win against Adelaide United.

Andrija Kaluderovic opened the scoring, before a comical own goal from Eugene Galekovic and Jack Hingert’s first A-League goal put the game beyond doubt.

Craig Goodwin scored a consolation goal and Pablo Sanchez scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time, but the Reds missed the opportunity to jump from 4th place to 1st with a win this weekend.

Josep Gombau was salivating at the chance to jump to the top of the table with a win and changed his side accordingly, welcoming Tarek Elrich back from Socceroos duty. The full-back replaced Osama Malik. In attack, Bruce Kamau was replaced by Spaniard Miguel Palanca.

Brisbane was arguably the most welcome to the news that Perth Glory would be disqualified from finals, as it gave Frans Thijssen’s men a golden chance at finals, sitting eight points clear of Central Coast Mariners in 7th place.

Matthew McKay and Luke DeVere both returned from international duty, replacing Steve Lustica and Jade North respectively. Corey Brown also started, replacing Shane Stefanutto.

Neither side were able to take complete control in the opening stages of the game but as Andrija Kaluderovic was the beneficiary of a quick string of passes, the visitors hit the lead after 25 minutes. Daniel Bowles hit the first pass to Jean Carlos Solorzano, whose first time flick allowed the Serbian to break past the defensive line and slot the ball past Eugene Galekovic. Credit must also go to Corey Brown, whose run on the wing lured a defender to play Kaluderovic onside.

Broich could have doubled Brisbane’s lead but for an offside flag. The ball from the edge of the area dissected the Adelaide defence once more and Broich was on hand to tap in at the back post but to the relief of the home side had timed his run just a fraction too early.

Craig Goodwin was kicking himself after missing the easiest of chances to equalise for the Reds. Bruce Djite was through on goal but his effort struck the post. Goodwin should have tapped the ball in with ease but mistimed his shot and it went wide from short range.

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Date/Time Sat Apr 11, 2015, 5:00 PMStadium Coopers StadiumAttendance 10,659Referee Strebre Delovski

Adelaide

Yellow Card35′ S.CirioYellow Card44′ M.MarroneGoal71′ C.GoodwinYellow Card85′ J.JeggoPenalty90′ P.Sanchez Alberto (Pen)

With 5 minutes left in the first half, Brisbane doubled their lead in comical fashion. Galekovic, who was the hero of Adelaide’s win last week, scored an embarrassing own goal that is bound to go viral. The shotstopper ran out of his area to collect an errant pass but as the ball bounced over his head, he panicked and kicked the ball high in the air. Solorzano was on hand to keep the pressure on the goalkeeper as he should have claimed the ball but it slipped through his hands and embarrassingly into his own net.

Brisbane silenced the home fans early in the second half after Jack Hingert burst through from defence to score his first A-League goal. A one-two combination at the Adelaide defensive line saw him dart past a flat-footed Elrich before he blasted the ball through Galekovic’s near post.

Adelaide were able to claw back one goal in the second half as Goodwin partially atoned for the sitter he missed in the first half. The ball came low across the box to the winger who was free in space and this time made no mistake finding the back of the net.

Pablo Sanchez was able to pull another goal back late from the penalty spot after Daniel Bowles was sent off for dragging down Nigel Boogaard in the box. The goal proved to essentially be the last kick of the game, much to the protestation of the Adelaide players, who felt there was still more time to play.

The Reds smelled blood after scoring but it was too little too late despite dominating much of the play in the last 20 minutes. Brisbane were able to hold on for an important win that is sure to be vital in the lead up to finals.

Meanwhile Adelaide, who were unable to capitalise on Melbourne Victory’s shock loss to Newcastle Jets last night remain in 4th, although just a point off top spot.

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avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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  • britesparke

    Look out Victory et al – here comes the Roar (albeit at the expense of Perth Glory). If ever there was a side that could do some serious damage from lower down the finalist ladder, it has to be the team from Brisbane. To beat Adelaide at home is no easy feat! I, for one am salivating at the prospect of two matches between Roar and Victory this week.