Brisbane undone by Adelaide United 4-1

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Brisbane Roar’s slump in the Hyundai A-League continued as they were comprehensively defeated 4-1 by Adelaide United on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

Bruce Djite found the net for the first time in almost 24 hours of play and grabbed two goals in the second half to carry on his own side’s good run of form.

Michael Theo had to be on his toes on his return to the first team within the first two minutes to deny Bruce Djite as he raced through on goal.

Both sides were content to prod the ball around the park without much urgency in an attempt to claim control of the game early on.

Already without much luck this season, Djite was left furious he didn’t get a call on the 15 minute mark after taking a tumble on the edge of the box with Daniel Bowles all over him.

Two minutes later Adelaide would not be denied as they took the lead following a scramble in the box.

Pablo Sanchez ghosted into the six yard box to push Craig Goodwin’s cross towards goal and it rebounded off several bodies before slowly crawling over the line off Roar defender Corey Brown.

Brisbane had plenty of possession in the first term but weren’t decisive enough with the ball to warrant anything out of it.

But the Roar would come out firing from the break and after Henrique almost got on the end of an inviting cross, he earned his side a rather contentious penalty on the 48th minute.

The Brazilian wasn’t going to complain as he stepped up to the spot and sent Galekovic the wrong way to level the score.

Just under ten minutes later Adelaide would grab a penalty of their own with their first foray up the field in the second term after Jack Hingert’s error.

Djite blasted the spot kick home to break his scoring drought.

Seemingly when it rains, it pours and the big striker would grab a second and the Reds’ third with under half an hour to play to put any doubts about the result to bed.

Brisbane’s defence went to sleep after a weak clearance from their box and Tarek Elrich struck, sending Djite through on goal to slot home without much resistance.

The Roar just didn’t have any answer to their opponents on either end.

In added time Marcelo Carrusca curled in another goal after Elrich slipped it to him following a marauding run.

Adelaide’s win gives them some breathing room between themselves in sixth place and the rest of the finals chasing pack.

Meanwhile Brisbane could relinquish top spot if the Western Sydney Wanderers get a result at bottom side Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

BRISBANE ROAR: 1. THEO Michael, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. CORONA, 10. HENRIQUE, 13. NORTH Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 17. MCKAY Matt, 18. HERVAS Javier, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri.

SUBS: 8. LUSTICA Steven, 16. CLUT Devante, 20. BRADY Shannon, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 33. DE VERE Luke.

ADELAIDE UNITED: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 3. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 7. SANCHEZ Pablo, 8. ISAIAS, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. DJITE Bruce, 14. MELLS George, 16. GOODWIN Craig, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 23. ELSEY Jordan.

SUBS: 15. WARLAND Benjamin, 17. DUGANDZIC Mate, 19. BABLJ Eli, 24. KAMAU Bruce, 30. MARGUSH Daniel.

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