Brisbane bundled out of Asia

(Chris Hyde/ Getty Images AsiaPac)

(Chris Hyde/ Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane Roar (1) Kaluderovic 70’
Urawa Red Diamonds (2) Kohrogi 24’, Muto 57’
5,941 at Robina Stadium, Gold Coast

Brisbane Roar XI: Young, Sarota, Bowles, Donachie, Hingert, Brattan, McKay, Clut, Broich, Borrello, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions: Nil.
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Jackson, Lambadaridis, Lustica, Brady, Petratos, Danning.
Yellow Cards: Bowles.
Red Cards: Nil.

Urawa Red Diamonds XI: Otani, Kaga, Nagata, Okamoto, Hashimoto, Suzuki, Hirakawa, Aoki, Takagi, Lee, Kohrogi.
Substitutions: Muto for Kohrogi (57′), Ugajin for Hirakawa (71′), Kojima for Suzuki (79′)
Unused Substitutes: Nishikawa, Saito, Motegi, Moriwaki.
Yellow Cards: Kaga, Kohrogi, Lee.
Red Cards: Nil.

Brisbane Roar’s 10th season is officially in the books after last nights 2-1 loss against Urawa Reds down on the Gold Coast. Goals from captain Shinzoh Kohrogi and substitute Yuki Muto were enough to cancel out Andria Kaluderovic’s second half effort.

The game started in an open fashion with the Roar chasing the goals they needed to qualify for the last 16 and they had a couple of half chances in the early stages. Jamie Young also made a good stop from Kohrogi to deny the visiting side the lead.

Kohrogi and the visiting Red Diamonds wouldn’t be denied for long however, with the striker on the end of a fantastic through ball from Keita Suzuki, and the captain of the night beat Young at the far post to open the scoring.

From then on the best chances fell to the visiting side, who were looking more and more dangerous on the counter attack as the game developed, with Brisbane pushing forward in greater urgency. Unfortunately for the home side things broke down when they got into the front third.

With the scores tied in the other game, Urawa officially ended Brisbane’s faint hopes of progression just shy of the hour when Yuki Muto was free on the left side and scored from a narrow angle with almost his first touch of the game since coming on as a sub moments earlier.

Brisbane wouldn’t lie down however and kept surging forward even with their chances of progression long gone, with Clut, Broich and Kaluderovic all having half chances to score.

Brisbane did eventually get a goal back Matt McKay picked out Kaluderovic in a dangerous position in the box, and the Serbian striker coolly placed the ball into the net to half the deficit.

Brisbane pushed hard for the equaliser, including throwing Jamie Young forward for a 93rd minute corner, however it wasn’t enough as the visiting side picked up their first win of the competition.

Brisbane were always going to have to ride their luck at the back given the nature of the situation, but they weren’t clever enough or clinical enough to score the goals required and were continually picked apart on the counter attack with more and more players committed to attacking at the other end.

I thought that the selection of Sarota at right back was a mistake from Thijssen, with the midfielder all at sea, particularly for the second goal with little attacking impetus coming down that side all night. Going with either Lambadaridis or Jackson, a more natural defender might of given the side greater balance at the defensive end.

One final point, I get that there wasn’t a great deal to turn to on the bench, but I think he should of thrown on Lustica and Petratos for something different when things weren’t going right.

In the groups other game, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Beijing Guoan played out a 1-1 draw, a result which sent both sides through to the last 16 and meant Brisbane’s result was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Dejan Damjanovic opened the scoring in the 25th minute for the visitors, before Brazilian striker Leo equalised for the home side barely two minutes later.

Matchday 6 results
Brisbane Roar (1) Kaluderovic 70’
Urawa Red Diamonds (2) Kohrogi 24’, Muto 57’

Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1) Leo 27’
Beijing Guoan (1) Damjanovic 25’

Matchday 6 table

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Beijing Guoan and Suwon Samsung Bluewings progress to the last 16 in the Champions League, congratulations to both.

Up next
The off-season. Season 2014-15 is now officially over for the Roar, with the 5 month off-season now here. This figures to be a far busier off-season for the Roar than many of the recent ones however, with a new coach to be confirmed and two high profile friendlies.

Brisbane’s next match for the first team is on Wednesday June 3rd against Spanish side Villarreal.


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