Impressive strikes from Ivan Franjic and Massimo Maccarone coupled with the early loss of marquee striker Oriol Riera ensured Brisbane Roar a 2-0 over Western Sydney Wanderers in wet and drizzly conditions at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Gombau optimistically stated earlier in the week that he intended to turn Western Sydney Wanderers into the Barcelona of the A-League and during the early minutes of the first half his side showed inklings of the tiki taka style the Catalonian coach wishes to employ.

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The Wanderers made Brisbane look lethargic in the opening chapters as they successfully swapped succinct one touch passes through the midfield and supplied Oriol Riera with an early opportunity to take an early lead but the Spaniard glanced his header just wide and left of the Perth goal.

Roly Bonevacia partnered well with Alvaro Cejudo and Joshua Risdon moved out of the back to exchange clever diagonal passes with the front three.

However a string of disasters soon struck for the Wanderers beginning with the abrupt departure of Oriol Riera in the 18th minute that saw the Spaniard opting for the tunnel after tweaking his left hamstring.

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Brendon Santalab replaced him to helm the attack but it wasn’t long until the slushy conditions at ANZ Stadium resulted in another injury as Jaushua Sotirio limped off the field forcing Jack Clisby into play leaving the Wanderers in a state of deliberation over the sudden changes.

Brisbane Roar pounced following the changes and recollected their poise with Petros Skapetis threatening Janjetovic with a rocketing shot with rippled the side netting however it would be Massimo Maccarone who opened the scoring on the stroke of half time.

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The Italian striker dampened the already soaking spirits of the home fans when he fired home a short range half volley near the back post which was flicked on by the head of Eric Bautheac in the midst of a defensive cluster.

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The Wanderers looked to regather a foothold early in the second half after Clisby sought Santalab across the face of goal but the lunging forward couldn’t prod it home.

Aloisi’s men proved to be less profligate not too long after extending their lead thanks to a stellar strike from substitute Ivan Franjic whose impressive goal came after just his third touch of the game.

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Franjic received the ball perched near the edge of the box before cutting inside on his left and firing into the top left corner past the outstretched arms of a diving Janjetovic.

Come the 70th minute Brisbane Roar had turned the tables entirely and the Wanderers were left struggling to produce any of the one touch movements which they had so promisingly albeit briefly produced in the first half and Brisbane retained a comfortable lead come full time.

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 0

Brisbane Roar FC: 2 45′ MACCARONE, FRANJIC 66′

ANZ Stadium (8253)

Referee: Adam FIELDING

Assistant Referees: Owen GOLDRICK & Greg TAYLOR

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro, 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (GK), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 24. LLORENTE Raul, 9. RIERA Oriol, 4. RISDON Joshua, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 33. THWAITE Michael (C)

Substitutes: 42. BACCUS Keanu, 3. CLISBY Jack, 30. HALL John (GK), 5. HAMILL Brendan, 11. SANTALAB Brendon

Brisbane Roar FC

22. BAUTHEAC Eric, 4. BOWLES Daniel, 18. CALETTI Joe, 26. D’AGOSTINO Nicholas, 19. HINGERT Jack, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 17. MCKAY Matthew (C), 24. O’TOOLE Connor, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 33. SKAPETIS Petros, 21. YOUNG Jamie (GK)

Substitutes: 5. BROWN Corey, 77. FRANJIC Ivan, 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 31. WHITE Brendan (GK)

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