Brisbane steals the win with dramatic stoppage time comeback


Brisbane Roar 2 (Mohamed ADNAN 90+3’, Besart BERISHA 90+4’)
Sydney FC 1 (Mark BRIDGE 39’)
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Ryan Shepheard
Crowd: 14, 545

Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH (c) (4. Matthew JURMAN 46’), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Besart BERISHA, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 11. Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN (22. Thomas BROICH 55’), 14. Rocky VISCONTE (10. HENRIQUE 55’), 16. Mohamed ADNAN, 17. Mitch NICHOLS

Substitutes not used: 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk)

Yellow cards: Matt SMITH 38’, Matt JURMAN 90+2’

Red cards: Nil

Sydney FC: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 4. Pascal BOSSCHART, 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP, 7. Brett EMERTON, 8. Karol KISEL (9. Bruno CAZARINE 88’), 10. Nick CARLE (11. Dimitri PETRATOS 77’), 15. Terry McFLYNN (c), 17. Terry ANTONIS (2. Sebastian RYALL 85’), 19. Mark BRIDGE, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Rhyan GRANT

Substitutes not used: 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk)

Yellow cards: Brett EMERTON 28’, Pascal BOSSCHART 90+4’

Red cards: Nil

Starting Lineups:


Brisbane: Jurman for Smith (46’), Henrique for Visconte (55’), Broich for Nakajima- Farran (55’)

Unused subs: Redmayne

Sydney: Petratos for Carle (77’), Ryall for Antonis (85’), Cazarine for Kisel (88’)

Unused subs: Necevski

Sydney goal:

Sydney’s goal was a fantastic piece of play that caused some errors from the Brisbane defence and midfield as shown below. It started with Beauchamp running with the ball out of defence, and past Besart Berisha which forced him to track back. The situation then got worse as Paartalu was bypassed in midfield, and Murdocca couldn’t track back quickly enough forcing Smith into making a decision- he chose to come and deal with the situation. Unfortunately for Brisbane, Beauchamp was able to play the ball infield to Carle who then had a 3 v 2 situation in front of him (Kisel, Carle, Bridge vs. Adnan and Franjic) and Sydney worked it well to create the chance for Bridge, who finished well to make it 1-0.


Brisbane dominance:

Brisbane absolutely the match in terms of possession with the defence –especially Adnan- looking extremely assured on the ball. In the 1st half not a great deal came from all of the possession, however that changed in the 2nd when Thomas and Henrique came on. I know the team doesn’t revolve around the two of them, but things just looked crisper and more threatening when the dynamic duo made their entrance. At one stage midway through the half Brisbane had a smashing 87% of the ball over a 5 minute period, amazing.

Incredible finish:

The similarities to that epic grand final victory are obvious, but imo the biggest thing to take out of Saturday night is that never say die spirit is still well and truly alive. I think most Brisbane fans resigned themselves to thinking it’s not our night when Berisha was judged (correctly) offside with just two minutes remaining, but credit to the players for continuing to believe, and boy did they get their reward for it.

Adnan’s free kick was absolutely perfectly placed just inside the near post dipping towards the bottom corner, no keeper in the world would have stopped that. He’s taken some terrible free-kicks since his arrival –eg. In Dunedin vs. Wellington- but that one makes up for it, outstanding. The 2nd goal was a beautiful team move, perhaps Stefanutto handled the ball –inconclusive imo- but from there it was fantastic. All game they tried to isolate the space in behind Grant and they finally did it with Broich cutting inside and Stefanutto’s cross from the by-line was perfect and despite the fact Nichols didn’t make the cleanest of contact, Berisha was there on the 6 yard box to nod it home, amazing.

Berisha vs. Bosschaart:

Well the on field action didn’t end at the final whistle as Berisha appeared more than willing to take Bosschaart up on his earlier offer. This appears to be a long running thing between the duo dating back to the Kogarah match if Erik’s post game interview is anything to go by. There were some stories today that Besart was fired up and going after Pascal due to some things he said about his family, but the Sydney defender denies this. Either way it was fantastic to see that passion from both sides and it defiantly has added some more spice to Brisbane-Sydney fixtures in the future (as if it needed any more spicing up)


Welcome back Broich:

Just like to say it’s fantastic to have him back along with Henrique, but take a look at this piece of skill to get by two Sydney defenders on the edge of the box. The play itself lead to Berisha’s offside goal, but Broich’s involvement was beautiful. Looking forward to more of this kind of thing in the finals run in and ACL.


Player ratings:

Brisbane: Theoklitos 6, Franjic 7, Smith 6, Adnan 8, Stefanutto 7, Paartalu 6, Murdocca 6, Nichols 6, Nakajima- Farran 6, Visconte 6, Berisha 7, Jurman 6, Broich 7, Henrique 7.


Sydney: Reddy 7, Grant 7, Bosschaart 7, Beauchamp 7, Jamieson 7, McFlynn 6, Antonis 6, Kisel 6, Emerton 7, Carle 8, Bridge 7, Ryall 6, Cazarine 5, Petratos 6.

Team stats

Brisbane                  Sydney

 70%     Possession    30%

46%      Territory      54%

   Attack stats:

2                Goals              1

                                                                                                14               Shots              9

6        Shots on target       4

7        Shots off target       5

4               Corners             2

4              Offsides            4

603    Completed passes    210

22         Total crosses         14

 Defence stats:

3              Saves                4

10          Clearances         14

16            Tackles            35


9                Fouls               9

2         Yellow Cards        3

0            Red Cards          0

 Player stats:


Berisha, Paartalu   (3)    Bridge, Emerton

Adnan, Nichols  (2)

Murdocca   (1)    Carle, Kisel, Antonis


 Nichols       1             Carle


                                                  (2) McFlynn, Emerton, Grant

                                                                                                                      (1) Antonis, Cazarine

Nichols, Jurman, Adnan, Berisha, Franjic (1)

Yellow Cards:

                                                                                          Jurman, Smith (2) Reddy, Emerton


Coaches comments: (from Matchday Saturday  post game show)


–          1st half poor, lacked tempo, no real danger to Sydney

–          2nd half better, team played with more purpose

–          Last 5 mins is what were known for, can’t question commitment of players

Adnan- free kicks.

–          Adnan practices free-kicks regularly after training, and he’s quiet good at taking them

–          Was his last chance thou (jokingly said)

Post game scuffle.

–          idk, -Besart is an animated guy

–          He and Bosschaart had issues all game

–          Nothing really happened

–          “Oh look, that’s James Meyer” (Ange surprised to see it was him holding him back)

–          Besart should of stayed away

–          didn’t see anything serious in it


–          It’s out of our hands, but apart from taking his shirt off and pointing at dugout idk what else he did.

–          I haven’t spoke to him and I will

–          He shouldn’t of gone over there tbh, its not what were about, im disappointed he did that

Broich and Henrique- not starting, why?

–          hoping to inject them late in the game to provide impotence

–          not ready for 90, esp. Thomas (struggling after 10)

–          Played well last week why change? Looked good last week, start with it and add these guys.


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