Sydney beat Brisbane in shootout

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Sydney FC (5) Janko 37′ (p.k), 52′, 75′ (p.k), Jurman 7′, Brosque 89′
Brisbane Roar (4) Henrique 5′, Kaluderovic 78′ (p.k), Lustica 84′, Petratos 90′
13, 818 at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar: Young, Polenz, Donachie, DeVere, Brown, Broich, Sarota, McKay, Petratos, Henrique, Solórzano.
Substitutions: Kaluderovic for Solórzano, Borrello for Henrique (57’), Lustica for McKay (58’).
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Stefanutto.
Yellow Cards: Sarota, Polenz.
Red Cards: Nil.

Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Ryall, Jurman, Petkovic, Gersbach, Dimitrijevic, Tavares, Naumoff, Ibini, Brosque, Janko.
Substitutions: Antonis for Ibini (64’), Stambolziev for Naumoff (72’), Smeltz for Janko (77’)
Unused Substitutes: Necevski, Grant.
Yellow Cards: Gersbach.
Red Cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar have gone down in a high scoring encounter against Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon. The loss is Brisbane’s first in six league games since the commencement following the Asian Cup break and sees them drop to seventh on the table.

Perhaps with one eye on the upcoming fixture congestion, Frans Thijssen chose to make three changes to the side who beat Western Sydney last week, with Dimitri Petratos and Corey Brown coming back into the side in place of  Brandon Borrello and Shane Stefanutto. Adam Sarota meanwhile came back into the side in place of the suspended Luke Brattan.

The game started off with a bang when Henrique slotted home the opener in just the fifth minute. There were questions over offside, but the striker was marginally onside and beat Janjetovic for his 8th goal in the league this season.

Brisbane didn’t have the lead for long however, with the hosts responding barely two minutes later. Former Brisbane defender popped up on the edge of the box and his shot went right into the top corner leaving Young no chance.

After the early flurry of goals, it was the visitors who had the better of the play and they should of gone ahead again when a surging run down the left from Corey Brown saw Solórzano miss from close range.

It would however be the Sky Blues who took the lead from the penalty spot when Marc Janko stepped up and beat Jamie Young for his seventh goal in as many games. There was some dispute about the award of the penalty, but it looked like Sarota was slightly out of position and in his attempt to recover he clipped Brosque.

Brisbane then made a change at the break with Andrija Kaluderovic replacing Solórzano up front, however the problems for the Roar were at the other end with Janko getting a brace in the 52nd minute. The striker was left unmarked at the back post and tapped the ball home from six yards to give the Sky blues a 3-1 lead.

Brisbane them seemingly threw up the white flag with Matt McKay and Henrique substituted with one eye on the midweek Champions League game.

Marc Janko then thought he’d made the points safe from the penalty spot when he beat Young for the second time in the game after Corey Brown was adjudged to have fouled him. Janko becomes just the third player to score a hat trick against Brisbane after Shane Smeltz scored 3 against Brisbane on Boxing Day 2009, and Andy Keogh’s three goals in round 2 for Perth Glory.

On most days, that would be the end of the game, but this one had a few twists left and the Roar were awarded a penalty of their own with 12 minutes remaining, which Kaluderovic stepped up and dispatched into the top corner. It’s the Serbian’s second goal for Brisbane, and both have come from the penalty spot.

Brisbane then gave themselves a major chance when Brandon Borrello got free on the right side and his cut back made it’s way to Lustica who beat Janjetovic from the edge of the box. 4-3 to Sydney with five minutes to play.

Sydney then thought they had sewn the points up for good when Alex Brosque finished from close range in the 89th minute, but Brisbane went right down the other end of the park to make it 5-4 when Dimitri Petratos netted his first goal of the season.

The game ended 5-4, a great spectacle for the neutrals but a game in which both sides will be disappointed with their defending. From Brisbane’s perspective both full-backs and the midfielders didn’t have their best day when it came to defending, and they will need to pick it up if they are to achieve success this season.

Up next: Brisbane have a busy week ahead with a crucial AFC Champions League clash with Korean side Suwon Bluewings on Wednesday evening down at Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast. In terms of the A-League, Brisbane are at home next Sunday afternoon against top of the table Wellington Phoenix, and will be looking to reclaim the final spot in the top six.

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