Youngsters shine in entertaining Champions League encounter

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Brisbane Roar (3) Borrello 12’, Clut 22’, 80’
Suwon Bluewings (3) Jung Jin 39’, 50’, Te Se 71’
5,197 at Gold Coast Stadium, Robina.

Brisbane Roar: Young, Hingert, Donachie, DeVere, Stefanutto, Brattan, Clut, McKay, Borrello, Henrique, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions: Petratos for Henrique (65’), Brown for DeVere (76’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Jackson, Sarota, Lustica, Brady.
Yellow Cards: Kaluderovic.
Red Cards: Nil.

Suwon Bluewings: No Dong Geong, Jo Sung Jin, Kim Eun Sun, Lee Sang Ho, Seo Jung Jin, Chong Te Se, Cho Ji Hoon, Yeom Ki Hun, Hong Chul, Min Sang Gi.
Substitutions: Santos for Ji Hoon (59’), Leo for Jung Jin (78’), Kaio for Te Se (82’)
Unused Substitutes: Jae Soo, Ja Ryong, Ji Hoon, Sang Wook.
Yellow Cards: Eun Sun.
Red Cards: Nil.

Brisbane Roar and Suwon Bluewings have played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in their AFC Champions League Matchday 3 encounter on the Gold Coast last night with youngsters Brandon Borrello and Devante Clut shining.

Frans Thijssen made six changes to the side who lost 5-3 to Sydney on Sunday afternoon with Polenz, Brown, Broich, Sarota, Petratos and Solórzano making way for Hingert, Stefanutto, Clut, Brattan, Borrello and Kaluderovic.

Brisbane got off to a flying start in an attempt to replicate their Matchday 2 clash against Urawa, with Roar getting a free kick early on which Luke Brattan sent just wide of the post.

The home side started the game better and got a deserved lead with Brandon Borrello netting his second goal of the ACL campaign in the 12th minute. Brisbane worked the ball nicely into the feet of Kaluderovic in the box, and the big Serbian striker’s cut back found the onrushing Borrello.

Brisbane kept on the front foot and doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when Devante Clut’s first time shot from the edge of the box rifled into the bottom corner of the net after some neat build up play on the right hand side.

After being on the back foot for the majority of the first half, Suwon received a lifeline five minutes from half time when they were gifted a chance after a sloppy mistake in possession by Luke Brattan. Seo Jung Jin then promptly capitalised on the mistake to beat Young and place the ball in at the far post.

The visitors then got themselves an equaliser with Seo Jung Jin scoring an excellent solo goal beating defenders before blasting the ball past Young. The defending again from Brisbane was less than the standard required with McKay, DeVere and Stefanutto failing to deal with the danger.

Brisbane then pushed forward again pinning Suwon into their defensive third, but could only get a succession of corners for their efforts.

That pressure in the front third however is what gifted Suwon the opportunity to go ahead in the game with the visitors executing a superb counter attack which ended with North Korean Chong Te Se blasting the ball home from close range.

Brisbane were then chasing the game and after bring Corey Brown on at left back the home side got themselves a point they deserved on the night after a Petratos through ball found Clut 25 yards from goal and the youngster with 11 goals in the National Youth League this season blasted it in from just beyond the edge of the box.

The game ended 3-3 with the South Korean side probably the happier of the side given they’ve picked up a point on the road, and from 2-0 down no less, but there was a lot to like about the Roar’s play going forward.

Defensively however there are starting to be some serious concerns for Frans Thijssen with 8 goals conceded in the past two games. No doubt that’s something that will take up a large part of training between now and the weekend with some sloppy mistakes costing the team the points.

Matchday 3 results
17/03/2015
Beijing Guoan (2) Batalla 78’, Dabao 84’
Urawa Red Diamonds (0)

18/03/2015
Brisbane Roar (3) Borrello 12’, Clut 22’, 80’
Suwon Bluewings (3) Jung Jin 39’, 50’, Te Se 71’

Table after Matchday 3

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Matchday 4 fixtures
Games to be played on 08/04/15
Urawa Red Diamonds vs. Beijing Guoan (Saitama Stadium 2002)
Suwon Bluewings vs. Brisbane Roar (Suwon World Cup Stadium)

Up next: Brisbane return back to their usual home ground for an A-League clash against table topping Wellington Phoenix on Sunday afternoon. The game starts a busy run in the League with a catch-up game against the Wanderers next Wednesday before they end a busy week with the crucial away trip to Melbourne City on Saturday week.

In the Champions League it’s a three week break before the first of the reverse fixtures which will see Brisbane travel to South Korea to take on Suwon once again. The way results have gone in Group G so far make this fixture at the Suwon World Cup Stadium a must not lose game.

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