Roar and Melbourne City share spoils in 1-1 draw

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Henrique scored off the bench for the second match in a row to rescue Brisbane Roar and secure a point against Melbourne City on Friday night.

City had gone ahead at Suncorp Stadium as Harry Novillo took advantage of a mistake by Jamie Young but the Henrique would peg one back for the Roar late on.

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With just two minutes gone City were almost caught napping and Thomas Sorensen had to react quickly to push away Matt McKay’s close range shot after he had jigged his way into the box.

Corey Gameiro suckered in Shane Stefanutto on the edge of his box, pulled him one way then the other but then couldn’t match his brilliant run with a shot of any substance.

With 20 minutes played the Melbourne side threatened again but Jamie Young was equal to Erik Paartalu’s powerful header with a sharp reflex save.

Young almost went from hero to villain in the space of two minutes as he coughed up possession in his own box only for Bruno Fornaroli and Aaron Mooy to spurn their chances in front of a gaping goal.

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The in-form Mooy almost whipped a corner directly into the back of the net but Young palmed it away and then denied Fornaroli from the following set piece.

They had daydreamed their way through most of the first term but Brisbane began to find their way as Dimi Petratos surged towards City’s goal, sold two defenders with a dummy and blazed his shot just over.

Thomas Broich then found Jamie Maclaren in plenty of space in City’s box with 30 minutes gone only for the striker to nod it straight into Sorensen’s grasp.

Straight after the half time break City capitalised from another Young error to stun the Roar and grab the opener.

Young’s pass bobbled off the heels of Daniel Bowles and the keeper was able to save Mooy’s resulting shot but he was helpless to stop Novillo from sliding the rebound into an empty net.

The game would begin to die down and the chances would dry up as the second half wore on but a familiar Brisbane substitute spurred it back into life.

Looking out of the game with twenty minutes to play, Henrique brought the Roar back level as he crept in behind City’s defence, pulled Broich’s lofted pass under control and slotted it confidently home.

Petratos could have grabbed a winner late on only to hesitate and be stripped of the ball after Matt McKay had played him in.

Henrique glanced a pass just wide of Sorensen’s post in the next phase of play but the Roar would run out of time and it would remain 1-1.

The result pushes Brisbane up to first in table above Melbourne Victory while City are at seventh.

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BRISBANE ROAR: 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 7. CORONA, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 17. MACKAY Matt, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 28. BORRELLO Brandon.

SUBS: 8. LUSTICA Steven, 10. HENRIQUE, 15. DONACHIE James, 18. HERVAS Javier 36. JANNESE Andre.

MELBOURNE CITY: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 6. PAARTALU Erik, 7. GAMEIRO Corey, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 18. RETRE Paulo, 22. CLISBY Jack, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 25. MELLING Jacob, 36. MILLAR Matthew.

SUBS: 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 15. WILLIAMS David, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 20. VELAPHI Tando, 21. MAUK Stefan.

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