A classic for the ages as Adelaide and Brisbane share the spoils in a seven goal thriller with almost as many red cards.

It seemed needless but in the ninth minute Ken Ilsø lunged in late for a contested ball only to catch Brisbane captain Matt McKay late and receive his marching orders via Alex King but that was only part of the madness.

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The man-advantage had Brisbane breaking quickly on the counter-attack as Adelaide struggled to close down the space and that’s where Henrique made them pay dearly.

Playing between two defenders, Henrique was found in space by Adam Taggart to be one-on-one with Paul Izzo and side-foot it in for the opener which was confirmed by VAR on review after originally being ruled-out for offside.

Brisbane pushed their advantage to the max as a defensive error from Ryan Strain saw the ball fall to youngster Dylan Wenzel-Halls who doubled Brisbane’s lead.

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It didn’t stop there as the Roar continued to play all-out offence as Adelaide struggled to get a foothold in the match, with Adam Taggart afforded too much space from 20-yards and finishing with a lethal strike to make it 3-0.

The tie looked dead and buried before a contentious foul on Craig Goodwin for off the ball contact at the top of the box, which Goodwin seemed to initiate, went Adelaide’s way.

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Needing a lift, the man with the armband Isaias stepped up for the free-kick and bought the crowd to their feet with a top-draw strike which left Jamie Young helpless.

If that was crazy, what happened next took the game to new heights as Dane Ingham had a brain-fade a received a second-yellow for kicking the ball away.

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The Jamie Young saw red as he clattered Craig Goodwin into next week after coming off his line which left Goodwin dazed but not dazed enough as he finished the rebound from the resulting free-kick to make it 3-2.

As if the game hadn’t seen enough, George Blackwood completed the fairytale comeback as he lifted a header past Brendan White, only as Mileusnic broke Brisbane hearts in the dying embers with a header at the far-post to complete the most unlikely comeback.

Adelaide United 4 (Isaias 47′, Goodwin 67′, Blackwood 75′, Mileusnic 90+7′) (Ilsø red card 9′)

Brisbane Roar 3 (Henrique 21’, Wenzel-Halls 38′, Taggart 43′) (Ingham red card 59′, Young red card 64′)

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Alex King Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Adelaide United squad: 3.Scott GALLOWAY (32.Carlo ARMIENTO 88′), 4.Ryan STRAIN, 7.Ryan KITTO (17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ 46′), 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10.Ken ILSØ, 11.Craig GOODWIN, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (31.Mirko BOLAND 46′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY,

Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE

Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC (26.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 77′), 14.Alex LOPEZ, 17.Matt MCKAY ©, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (1.Brendan WHITE (gk) 66′), 33.HENRIQUE (15.Stefan NIGRO 61′)

Unused Substitutes:  22.Tobias MIKKELSEN, 18.Joe CALETTI,

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