City beat Brisbane, go six unbeaten

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Marcin Budzinski and Stefan Mauk goals have handed Melbourne City a 2-1 win away in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon to extend their undefeated streak to six games.

In a high tempo, end to end game both sides had plenty of chances but it was City that were the better side throughout and deservedly took all three points back to Melbourne.

Maccarone headed home the opener for the home side inside the opening 15 minutes after Eric Bautheac floated a well placed free kick into the box.

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Roar’s leading margin lasted just minutes as Daniel Arzani displayed all of his much-hyped quality, slicing open the Brisbane defence with a magnificent ball through to Budzinski to slot home the equalizer.

City took the lead in the second half off the back of a calamity of errors from the Brisbane backline and goalkeeper Jamie Young.

A hesitant Young failed to collect a bouncing ball allowing Budzinksi to pounce and send an inviting cross into the box towards Mauk to head home clinically from close range.

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Brisbane was awarded a penalty in the 78th minute after Michael Jakobsen fouled substitute Fahid Ben Khalfallah in the box to hand the home side a gilt-edged opportunity to draw level.

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Maccarone spurned the opportunity from the spot however, gifting City gloveman Dean Bouzanis with an easy save from the spot kick.

Brisbane struggled to handle the attacking threats that City possessed all match with the likes of Arzani taking on the Roar defence at will.

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Both clubs will play in Melbourne next weekend, Roar away at Melbourne Victory whilst City host league leaders Sydney FC in what should be a blockbuster Saturday night fixture at AAMI Park.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Maccarone 14′)

Melbourne City FC 2 (Budzinski 19′, Mauk 66′)

Suncorp Stadium (9150)

Referee: Jonathan BARREIRO
Assistant Referee: David WALSH and Andrew LINDSAY
Fourth Official: Adam KERSEY

Brisbane Roar FC: 21. YOUNG Jamie [GK], 5. BROWN Corey 6. PAPADOPOULOS Avraam, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas, 8. PEPPER Jacob, 9. MACCARONE Massimo (83′ GAMEIRO Corey), 10. HOLMAN Brett, 17. MCKAY Matthew, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BAUTHEAC Eric (75′ BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid), 36. LECK Daniel (61′ FRANJIC Ivan)

SUBSTITUTES: 31. WHITE Brendan [GK], 11. GAMEIRO Corey, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid 16. OXBORROW Mitchell, 77. FRANJIC Ivan

Melbourne City FC: 1. BOUZANIS Dean [GK], 3. JAMIESON Scott, 4. DELBRIDGE Harrison, 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 6. MALIK Osama (90′ MUSCAT Manny), 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 13. MAUK Stefan (83′ KAMAU Bruce), 14. ARZANI Daniel (67′ FITZGERALD Nick), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 26. BRATTAN Luke, 27. BUDZINSKI Marcin

SUBSTITUTES: 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene [GK], 2. MUSCAT Manny, 7. FITZGERALD Nick, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 19. CAVALLO Christian

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland. In the meantime, he'll continue praying for Arzani's knee.

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