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Title race tightens as Reds thump Roar

Adelaide United has continued its undefeated streak, thumping league leader Brisbane Roar 4-1 on home soil on Friday night.

The result means Brisbane has managed just one point out of a possible nine in the last three weeks. Western  Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will both be licking their lips at the chance to take top spot at the end of the round.

There was a change between the sticks for both sides, Michael Theo returned for Brisbane after a lengthy spell on the sidelines while Eugene Galekovic came back into the side after missing Adelaide’s win last week against Central Coast Mariners.

Elsewhere on the park, Brisbane coach John Aloisi responded to a lack of goals in recent weeks, promoting Dimitri Petratos to the starting line-up as Jean Carlos Solorzano missed out. Corey Brown replaced the suspended Shane Stefanutto at full-back.

Guillermo Amor’s men have recovered from a slow start and after Wellington Phoenix’s loss last week, were afforded some breathing space in sixth place before a tough clash with top of the table Brisbane. Amor made two outfield changes, as Jordan Elsey replaced Michael Marrone in defense and George Mells replaced Jimmy Jeggo in midfield.

Adelaide took the lead jut inside 20 minutes after a cruel own goal against Corey Brown. Isaias unleashed Craig Goodwin on the left flank who drilled in a low cross which was met by Pablo Sanchez. Theo thought he had denied the Spaniard from point blank range but it rebounded off his unlucky teammate and trickled back over the line.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Jan 22, 2016, 8:00 PMStadium Suncorp StadiumAttendance 12,923Referee Jarred Gillett

Brisbane

Yellow Card40′ J.NorthPenalty50′ Henrique (Pen)Yellow Card90′ D.Clut

Adelaide

Own Goal19′ C.BrownYellow Card45′ D.McGowanYellow Card49′ I.La RoccaYellow Card52′ P.Sanchez AlbertoPenalty56′ B.Djite (Pen)
Goal67′ B.DjiteYellow Card68′ M.CarruscaGoal90′ M.Carrusca

Brisbane were able to draw level early in the second half, albeit through controversial circumstances. Henrique weaved his way into the penalty area before going to ground in dubious fashion but referee Jarred Gillett adjudged Isaias to have brought down the Brazilian illegally and pointed to the spot. Henrique then stepped up from the spot and made no mistake, scoring his first goal from a start this season.

There was no question about the penalty awarded at the other end, however. Marcelo Carrusca whipped a cross in from the right and Jack Hingert needlessly fouled Dylan McGowan with a move that wouldn’t look out of place in a wrestling arena. It was Bruce Djite’s turn to break a goal drought as he scored his first goal of the season, and his first goal in 23 games.

His second goal came 11 minutes later as Tarek Elrich pounced on a loose ball to play the striker through with a one-on-one chance against Theo. The shot crept just under the onrushing Roar goalkeeper but he couldn’t keep Djite from doubling the visitors’ lead.

Marcelo Carrusca put the cherry on top of a superb win with a superb goal. Tarek Elrich waltzed through the Brisbane defense with the ball at his feet before laying off to the Argentine at the top of the box and Carrusca obliged, picking out the top corner with a beautifully curled effort.

It wasn’t all good news for Adelaide however, as Eli Babalj had to be stretchered off late in the game, continuing his horror run with injury. Reports came through not long after that the 23-year-old had ruptured his ACL.

Brisbane Roar next face Sydney FC, who could well overtake Brisbane at the end of this round. Meanwhile, Adelaide will host Newcastle Jets as the Reds inch ever closer to the top half of the table.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Bruce Djite (Adelaide United)
2 Marcelo Carrusca (Adelaide United)
1 Isaias (Adelaide United)

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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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