Liverpool edge past Roar

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Brisbane Roar have gone down fighting against English side Liverpool on Friday night, with James Millner’s 75th minute goal enough to separate the two sides.

The majority of the 50k crowd were left silenced after Dimitri Petratos opened the scoring in the 17th minute after some good build up play down the left hand side.

Brandon Borrello’s cut back from the by-line found Petratos on the edge of the area. The attacking midfielder then took a touch past Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, before placing his shot into the bottom corner of the net past Mingolet.

After going a goal down Liverpool began to assert themselves on the fixture, with a superb one handed save low to his right from Jamie Young all that was to deny Divock Origi his second goal in a week.

Moments later however it was 1-1, with English international Adam Lallana cutting inside from the left past Jack Hingert, before giving Young no chance in the Roar goal by curling his shot into the top corner of the net.

The second half saw the traditional raft of changes, with both sides making a string of changes around the hour mark in order to give both fringe and young players a chance to shine.

Devante Clut, who was amongst those introduced to the game, had the best chance of the second half for the Roar, with his long range shot grazing the top of the net as it went over.

It was however Liverpool with their superior fitness who began to dominate as the second half continued and they got their winner with 15 minutes to play, with new signing James Millner getting his first goal for the club.

There was an element of luck to the goal however, with a cruel deflecting seeing the ball bounce over the head of the onrushing Jamie Young and into the goal.

Brisbane pushed for an equaliser late on, but in truth it never looked likely, with a stoppage time set piece the closest they came to earning what would have been a famous draw.

For the Roar, it’s a first up loss in the reign of John Aloisi, but there were a lot of positive signs to take from the game -particularly the first 45 given the turbulence which has surrounded the club in recent weeks.

There were also some interesting things that happened within the game which could provide some insight into how the new manager plans to re-build the three time A-League champions. More on that in a post to follow.

From Liverpool’s point of view, they weren’t overly convincing tonight, but they got the job done, in large part to the driving force in midfield of Millner and captain Jordan Henderson, whose influence on the game grew as it went on.

The Reds did overrun the Roar in the end due to a gulf in quality, but also in large part to the fact they are much further along in pre-season with the Roar having only began their training a little over 2 weeks ago. Liverpool now travel to Adelaide to take on Josep Gombau’s men on Monday night.

Brisbane: Young, Hingert, North, Donachie, Stefanutto, Brattan, Lustica, Petratos, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Polenz for Stefanutto (46′), Clut for Brattan (57′), D’Agostino for Maclaren (62′), Bowles for Hingert (72′), Yango for Broich (72′), Brady for Borrello (72′), Hore for Petratos (90′).
Unused Substitutes: Crickmore (GK), Brown, Theodore, Pavlou.

Liverpool: Mingolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Gomez, Henderson, Millner, Levia, Lallana, Ings, Origi.
Substitutions: Maguire for Gomez (62′), Toure for Sakho (62′), Ibe for Lallana (62′), Kent for Origi (62′), Rossiter for Levia (69′), Lambert for Ings (76′).
Unused Substitutes: Bogdan (GK), Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Wisdom, Markovic, Teixeira, Ojo, Wilson, Cleary, Chirivella.

Up next: The pre-season continues for the Roar, with an FFA Cup Round of 32 clash in Penrith against Western Sydney on August 11th looming as the next game on the calendar. There will in all probability be a few games against the local sides in the interim period given that is four weeks from this coming Tuesday.

Those are yet to be officially announced however, and as always we’ll bring you news on that front, in addition to any potential transfer activity here.

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