Victory sitting pretty while Roar’s woes continue

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Melbourne Victory have strung together their sixth win on the trot, trumping the hometown Brisbane Roar 4-2 at Suncorp Stadium.  

The first half could not have been more action-packed.

Brisbane failed to convert multiple excellent chances in the first few minutes and Melbourne’s star striker Ola Toivonen showing his defensive chops in making consecutive goal-line clearances.

Kosta Barbarouses broke through for the visitors’ first goal of the night in less than 15 minutes with James Troisi’s precision-pass finding the former Brisbane flyer.

With plenty of cheap fouls from each side, tempers boiled over early for Roar’s Eric Bautheac when the Frenchman was given his marching orders in the 21st minute. It was his second yellow card for a physical confrontation with Toivonen (he had received his first just moments earlier for a horror tackle on Corey Brown).

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Brisbane’s attacking pep didn’t fade though and they were rewarded for their efforts with a favourable penalty call only five minutes after going a man down. Adam Taggart made no mistake with his finish.

The next 20 minutes cost the Roar dearly: a cheaply conceded Toivonen goal was made worse by a Keisuke Honda penalty just eight minutes later.

A Toivonen own goal in the 42nd minute gave Brisbane a glimmer of hope but Barbarouses shocked the Roar two minutes into stoppage time as a perfectly-executed corner routine by Melbourne found the New Zealander for his second.

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The second half featured far less fireworks, Melbourne using the extra man to their advantage in shutting out the Roar.

Few clear chances were fashioned by either side for the remainder of the match as Victory maintained their top two position.

Brisbane Roar 2 (Taggart 27’, Toivonen OG 42’)
Melbourne Victory 4 (Barbarouses 13’, 47’, Toivonen 32’, Honda 40’)
Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referees: David Walsh, Nathan MacDonald
Fourth Official: Peter Green

Brisbane Roar: Jamie Young (GK), Dane Ingham, Daniel Bowles, Avram Papadopoulos, Thomas Kristensen, Adam Taggart, Eric Bautheac, Stefan Mauk, Alex Lopez, Matt McKay (C), Connor O’Toole, Henrique (62’), Nicholas D’Agostino (62’), Dyaln Wenzel Halls (87’)
Unused Subs: Brendan White (GK), Jacob Pepper

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence Thomas (GK), Storm Roux, Corey Brown, Keisuke Honda, Leigh Broxham, Terry Antonis, Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi, Ola Toivonen, Thomas Deng, Car Valeri (C), Nicholas Ansell (77’), Joshua Hope (80’), Rahmat Akbari (87’)
Unused Subs: Matthew Acton (GK), Birkan Kirdar

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Ben Paynter
Ben Paynter
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