Brisbane Roar edged Sydney FC 3-2 in a thriller on Saturday night to reclaim top spot and all but deny the visitors a spot in the finals.

A frantic last few minutes saw Sydney celebrate an equaliser only for the Roar to immediately regain their lead right at the death thanks to super substitute Henrique.

Winless in their past nine A-League games, things weren’t looking bright for Sydney early on as goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic took a knee to the head and captain Sebastian Ryall was forced off.

But with the home side failing to take the initiative in a sleepy first 20 minutes it was the Sky Blues who drew first blood.

Filip Holosko exchanged passes with Matthew Simon on the edge of the area and then easily skipped past Jade North to slot home the opener.

That goal seemed to wake the Roar out of their stupor and they got on the front foot before levelling things after half an hour.

Brandon Borrello showed off some fast feet to suck in the Sydney defence and then laid it off for Dimitri Petratos to smash it into the back of the net.

Just five minutes later Petratos went from scorer to creator to hand the Roar a 2-1 lead.

Sydney failed to clear a Roar cross from their area and Petratos floated the loose ball into a wide open Jamie Maclaren, who was never going to miss the gaping goal in his scintillating form.

The visitors didn’t deflate and instead made a late surge just before the interval with Jamie Young having to stretch to deny George Blackwood.

Just as the rain began to fall in the second half, so did the chances for the Sky Blues as Ali Abbas hit the post with a freekick and David Carney edging his header just wide soon after.

The Roar were content to sit back on their lead and invited Sydney to break them down on the slippery turf for most of the second stanza.

Just as it looked like the game was going to trudge to its conclusion, a furious last five minutes made sure those who braved the rain got their money’s worth.

With four minutes to play the ball fell kindly to the feet of Holosko from a messy freekick for him to score his second of the night.

But straight from the restart, Brisbane worked their way down the field with a flowing passing move which resulted in substitute Tommy Oar squaring to fellow sub Henrique to tap in.

A superb result but Brisbane have just two games left to play and know their fate isn’t in their hands; Melbourne City hot on their heels with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

BRISBANE ROAR: 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 8. LUSTICA Steven, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 15. DONACHIE James, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 1. THEO Michael, 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 10. HENRIQUE, 18. HERVAS Javier, 24. OAR Thomas.

SYDNEY FC: 1. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 2. RYALL Sebastian, 4. ANDERSON Zachary, 5. JURMAN Matthew, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 17. CARNEY David, 18. SIMON Matthew, 21. HOLOSKO Filip, 23. GRANT Rhyan, 24. BLACKWOOD George, 27. TAVARES Mickael.

SUBS: 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 20. NECEVSKI Ivan, 22. ABBAS Ali.

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