Brisbane hit Sydney for Five in season best performance

Sydney FC 2 (del Piero 11’, Garcia 93’)
Brisbane Roar 5 (Broich 20’, Petratos 23’ P.K, 35’, 78’ P.K, Franjic 92’)
17,762 @Sydney Football Stadium

Racking up 100 wins in style (442/Getty Images)

Racking up 100 wins in style (442/Getty Images)

Brisbane: Theo, Franjic, North, Smith, Donachie, Miller, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Henrique, Broich.
Substitutions: Borrello for Henrique (70’), Brown for North (80‘), Yeboah for Brattan (83’)
Unused substitutes: Acton, Ferreira
Yellow Cards: Henrique, Brattan
Red Cards: Nil

Sydney: Janjetovic, Bojic, Ryall, Petkovic, Abbas, Emerton, Thompson, Carle. Garcia, Del Piero, Despotovic.
Substitutions: Gameiro for del Piero (46’), Yau for Emerton (61’), Gligor for Thompson (61’)
Unused Substitutes: Necevski, McFlynn
Yellow Cards: Ryall, Petkovic.
Red Cards: Nil.

This was a game Brisbane dominated virtually from the get go with something like 85% of possession in the opening 15 minutes despite Sydney taking the early lead. Despite the setback however Brisbane went on to play their best half of football of the season by far with some slick ball movement, good movement off the ball, defensive press and transition leading to some brilliant goals- especially the third. Sydney’s shambolic defensive shape and organisation didn’t help them, with Henrique forever in space down the left hand side.

The changes at the selection table to drop both Corey Brown and Jack Hingert were both interesting and ultimately successful. Both didn’t play particularly well on Friday against the Jets in either phase of the game, and the replacement duo did a good job. Donachie didn’t get forward as much as Brown or Stefanutto do but that was to be expected, as was Franjic not missing a beat in the position he made his own for three years. The introduction of Petratos wide on the right added an extra attacking thrust to the Roar’s play which has been missing from the start in recent weeks. In the past the team has struggled with Broich operating in that false #9 role if you like, but tonight it worked perfectly, with two wide strikers playing off him making runs into the penalty area, and the Sydney defenders had no answer for them, and the midfield runners.

It was in the midfield third however where Brisbane really dominated this contest, with the midfield trio of McKay, Miller and Brattan outnumbering and completely outplaying their opponents in Thompson, Carle and Emerton. Miller had another quite game, albeit a marginal improvement on his performance against Newcastle, but McKay and Brattan were brilliant at both winning back possession and playing the ball forward quickly into dangerous positions when the ball was won.

The goals were well taken, with Broich springing the offside trap twice to devastating effect for the 1st and 4th goals. Petratos showed he’s a potential penalty taker of the future with three impressive finishes from 12 yards, even if Mulvey admitted in the postgame press conference that Ivan Franjic was the set penalty taker for the evening. Sydney’s goals were both unstoppable -1st goal- and shambolic -2nd goal-. The first was a nice free-kick from del Piero, the second is one that im sure all of the defenders and Theo are disappointed to concede, especially so late in the contest.

– The win was just Brisbane’s 3rd in Sydney from 14 attempts and rounds out a century of A-League wins, the first club in the competition to do so.
– Dimitri Petratos became the 53rd player to score for Brisbane Roar in a competitive game, and also became just the 3rd player two score a hat-trick for Brisbane. Sergio van Djik –season 4, round 20 against Sydney- and Besart Berisha –season 7, round 4 against Adelaide- are the only other players to net a hat-trick for Brisbane.
– The game was Kwame Yeboah’s final game for Brisbane Roar. The young striker whose bound for Borussia Monchengladbach made 12 appearances for Brisbane -3 starts-, contributing two goals along the way.

Match stats:
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Up next: Brisbane are on the road once again to take on Melbourne Victory, one of two sides who have beaten Brisbane this season. Last time around at Docklands Victory got the win in Ange Postecoglou’s final game in charge before moving into the Socceroos hot seat.


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