Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC played out a predictable result at Suncorp Stadium, the visitors’ quality seeing out a 3-1 away win.

Sydney caught the hosts napping early, collecting their first goal of the match with only 40 seconds having elapsed, as Aaron Calver headed home a Brandon O’Neill-delivered free kick.

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Belying the match’s exciting start, both sides quickly settled into malaise – Brisbane especially showing little attacking intent in the first half.

The second half began showing slightly more energy than the first, a fired-up Dylan Wenzel Halls receiving a yellow card in the 49th minute, shoulder-charging Paulo Retre in retaliation for an earlier challenge on Eric Bautheac.

A glimmer of hope emerged for the Roar, 65th-minute substitute and Olyroos star Nicholas D’Agostino crossing the ball across to Eric Bautheac, the Frenchman finishing into a near-empty net in the 68th minute.

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Any hope for the hosts was quickly extinguished just nine minutes later, Syndey’s Adam Le Fondre pouncing on a rebounded Siem De Jong shot, trickling the ball past Jamie Young into the bottom corner.

De Jong got his own in the 89th minute, embarrassing Young with a tight near-post finish, a deceiving head-fake from the Dutchman putting the Roar goalkeeper to sleep.

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Sydney’s win consolidates their second-place position on the ladder, currently sitting four in front of Melbourne Victory (with Victory still to play).

 

Brisbane Roar – 1 (Bautheac 68’)

Sydney FC – 3 (Calver 1’, Le Fondre 76’, De Jong 89’)

 

Suncorp Stadium

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin, Andrew Lindsay

Fourth Official: Peter Green

 

Brisbane Roar: Jamie Young (GK), Thomas Kristensen, Jacob Pepper, Eric Bautheac, Ruon Tongyik, Alex Lopez, Stefan Nigro, Matt McKay (C), Dylan Wenzel Halls, Daniel Leck, Eli Babalj, Nicholas D’Agostino (65’), Henrique (65’), Charles Lokoli Ngoy (88’)

Unused Substitutes: Brendan White (GK), Zachary Duncan

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Aaron Calver, Alexander Wilkinson, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Alex Brosque (C), Anthony Caceres, Rhyan Grant, Joshua Brillante (58’), Reza Ghoochannejhad (69’), Siem De Jong (72’)

Unused Substitutes: Daniel De Silva, Aleksander Cisak (GK)

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