Papadopolous double secures Roar’s first win

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An Avram Papadopoulos double has helped Brisbane Roar secure their first win of the 2017-18 A-League season in a 3-1 victory over Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium.

Two goals from the Greek international combined with a strike from Frenchman Eric Bautheauc saw Roar take all three points.

Papadopoulos’ haul sees him go equal with Massimo Maccarone at the top of the Roar’s goal scoring charts for the 2017-18 season.

Brisbane Roar grabbed an early lead when Papadopoulos headed home the opener in the 5th minute after La Rocca was unable to effectively clear Bautheac’s initial cross.

City had several early chances as Nick Fitzgerald who looked dangerous down the left twice squared for Stefan Mauk who was unable to convert on either occasion.

Papadopoulos went inches from adding a second in the 41st minute as he rose above the pack to meet Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross only to have his goal bound header cleared off the line by a lunging Mauk.

Less than a minute later Roar doubled their lead when Maccarone squared to Bautheac who made no mistake with the finish coolly placing the ball past Eugene Galekovic into the bottom corner. The first half strike was the winger’s first in Roar colours.

The deficit sparked City coach Warren Joyce into action who brought on Neil Kilkenny and Luke Brattan in place of Bruce Kamau and Iacopo La Rocca at the break.

City then pulled one back in the 54th minute as Brattan’s through ball found Mauk who lost his marker and blasted one past Jamie Young into the back of the net at the near post.

Five minutes later Osama Malik had a golden chance to equalise but was unable to keep his header down as he rose to meet Scott Jamieson’s cross.

Young then produced a superb stop to deny Kilkenny’s driven effort keeping the Roar’s lead intact.

Papadopoulos grabbed his second of the night, sealing the Roar’s victory as he poked the ball home in the 70th minute after City were again punished for not effectively clearing their lines.

It was a frustrating night for Marcin Budzinski who made his first start for City upfront in place of the absent Ross McCormack and Tim Cahill.

Budzinski was kept relatively quiet by Papadopoulos who kept him to just two shots throughout the 90 minutes.

The Pole was booked late in the first half for a mistimed challenge on Jack Hingert whose reaction sparked a heated confrontation between the two sides.

The win which is Brisbane’s first of the season sees them move into seventh position while City who are now winless in three remain second.

Brisbane Roar FC 3 (Avram PAPADOPOULOS 5’ 70’, Eric BAUTHEAC 2’)

Melbourne City FC 1 (Stefan MAUK 54’)

Suncorp Stadium, Milton

Referee: Chris BEATH

Assistant Referees: David WALSH & Anton

Fourth Official: Adam Kearsey

Brisbane Roar FC

  1. Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8. Jacob PEPPER, 9. Massimo MACCARONE, 10. Brett HOLMAN, 14. Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 17. Matt MCKAY, 18. Joe CALETTI (16. Mitchell OXBORROW 82’), 19. Jack HINGERT, 21. Jamie YOUNG, 22. Eric BAUTHEAC (33. Petros SKAPETIS 65’), 24. Connor O’TOOLE,

Melbourne City FC

  1. Manny MUSCAT (12. Braedyn Crowley 76’), 3. Scott JAMIESON, 5. Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6. Osama MALIK, 7. Nick FITZGERALD, 11. Bruce KAMAU (26. Luke BRATTAN 46’), 13. Stefan MAUK, 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC, 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 25. Iacopo LA ROCCA (8. Neil KILKENNY 46’) , 27, Marcin BUDZINKSI

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Thibault Berthier
Thibault Berthier
Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.

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