Western Sydney Wanderers have comfortably defeated Brisbane Roar 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Goals from Spanish striker Oriol Riera and Mark Bridge proved to be the difference for Josep Gombau’s men in a classy all-round display from the Wanderers.

Riera smashed home the opener from close range after Jamie Young’s point-blank save of a Brendon Santalab header landed fortuitously at his feet directly in front of goal.

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Wanderers then began to push on late into the first half, asserting themselves in trademark Gombau style through a string of continuous passing passages.

Bridge soon found himself wide open in the box off the back of one of Wanderers’ dazzling passing movements to double the Western Sydney advantage with a powerful near-post finish.

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A less fluid second half from both sides amounted to no more action on the scoring sheet largely due to another outstanding performance from Roar goalkeeper Young who produced numerous point-blank saves to save Roar’s blushes.

Brisbane found goalscoring opportunities hard to come throughout the match despite dominating early proceedings.

Oriol Riera put in an inspired performance for the visiting side earning man of the match honours in one of his best display’s this season.

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Brisbane now faces a quick turnaround in preparation for another home game against ladder-leading Sydney FC on Monday night to further test their injury-depleted squad.

Western Sydney head home to face Adelaide United on Wednesday night as they look to build on a positive start to the Gombau era at the club.

Brisbane Roar FC 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (Riera 29′, Bridge 45′)

Suncorp Stadium (11,189)

Referee: Shaun EVANS
Assistant Referee: Anton SHCHETININ and Andrew LINDSAY
Fourth Official: Alex KING

Brisbane Roar FC: 21. YOUNG Jamie [GK], 3. DEVERE Luke, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas (31′ BOWLES Daniel), 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo, 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 19. HINGERT Jack, 24. O’TOOLE Connor (71 BROWN Corey), 33. SKAPETIS Petros (57′ LECK Daniel)

SUBSTITUTES: 31. WHITE Brendan [GK], 4. BOWLES Daniel, 5. BROWN Corey, 25. AKBARI Rahmat, 36. LECK Daniel

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran [GK], 3. CLISBY Jack, 7. LUSTICA Steven, 9. RIERA Oriol, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 24. LLORENTE Raul, 25. HERD Chris (65′ SCOTT Lachlan), 33. THWAITE Michael

SUBSTITUTES: 30. HALL John [GK], 5. HAMILL Brendan, 23. SCOTT Lachlan, 34. GROZOS Kostandinos, 49. MAJOK Manyiel Riel

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