Brisbane book finals berthPosted: March 29, 2013
Brisbane Roar: 3 (Berisha 29’, Lustica 51’, Franjic 79’)
Sydney FC : 1 (Del Piero 84’ pen)
Its official, Brisbane Roar will be in the finals, the 3rd straight year they’ve qualified for the end of season showpiece, and the 5th in 8 A-League seasons, and in truth it never looked in doubt. Sydney gifted Brisbane the opening two goals, but it’s impossible to argue they didn’t deserve the three points last night, and they’ll head into the finals with some real momentum.
Brisbane were very impressive last night, and it’s abundantly clear that they’re hitting form at exactly the right time, with Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha in particular getting back to their best. The first two goals came about due to excellent defensive pressure that caused some pretty ordinary errors from the visitors. People are pinning the 1st goal on Del Piero, but for mine the pass before that from the wider area was the wrong option, even though the Italian’s pass was ordinary. Shouldn’t take anything away from Brisbane, the play to take advantage of the mistakes was clinical and it was nice to see Lustica score. Brattan’s play alongside him was brilliant once again Ivan’s third was absolutely fantastic aswell, and his move into the wing role has really reaped rewards.
I have to say, I was disappointed by Sydney last night, they were very flat given what was on the line for them, they just never looked up for, nor into the game at any stage. Their defending and the mistakes they made were rather comical at times, although they should have scored earlier than they did with the chances they made. For mine, the penalty they did score was harsh on young Donachie, but hopefully he’ll learn from it. One thing Brisbane will need to work on is their defending from set pieces and crosses with Griffiths and Ryall given clear goalscoring opportunities from crosses from wider areas.
The only math worth worrying about now is this:
– If Melbourne Victory win, we’ll be playing in Adelaide next Sunday afternoon
– If Melbourne draw, and Adelaide win, we’ll be playing in Melbourne on Friday night
– If Melbourne lose, and Adelaide win/draw, well be playing in Melbourne on Friday night
Brisbane: Theo 7, Hingert 7, Donachie 7, North 7, Stefanutto 7, Brattan 8, Lustica 7, Franjic 8, Nichols 7, Broich 8, Berisha 7, Murdocca 6, Halloran 6.
Sydney: Necevski 6, Ryall 6, A. Griffiths 6, Calvano 6, Grant 6, Antonis 7, McFlynn 6, Triantis 6, Abbas 6, Del Piero 6, J. Griffiths 6, Fabio 6, Chianese 6, Yau 6.
Up next: It’s finals time, and we won’t know what that entails until tomorrow night at the earliest, but it will either be Melbourne on Friday night, or Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.