Brisbane and Adelaide remain winless after draw

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For two teams that desperately needed a win, Brisbane Roar’s 0-0 draw with Adelaide United on Saturday didn’t provide much.

Brisbane and Adelaide will now look to round 4 in hopes of registering their first win for the 2021/22 A-League Men season.

The two sides played out to a stalemate encounter at Brisbane’s Moreton Daily Stadium.

With the high-pressing tactics coupled with the pace of the Adelaide wingers, the away side found an early chance.

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But Kusini Yengi’s one-on-one miss in the first two minutes of the match was called offside, but it gave the Roar a much-needed wake up call.

After the early shock for the home side, the following minutes consisted of careless passes, clearances and broken play from both teams.

The fragmented play from both sides presented the two teams with promising opportunities, however, only a few seemed to be goal-scoring chances.

Stefan Mauk’s shot which deflected off both the post proved to be the closest chance for Adelaide in the first half.

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The good positioning of Roar forwards Nikola Mileusnic and Luke Ivanovic provided them with what seemed to be threatening opportunities.

A lack of composure could be blamed for Brisbane’s inability to capitalise on their favourable chances.

In a game where both sides desperately needed a win, they played passively in the first half.

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The conservative style of play from both teams displayed a lack of courage and fear of conceding the first goal.

The fear almost became a reality for Adelaide when Ivanovic’s narrow miss in the 40th minute of the game proved to be a reality check for Adelaide’s defence.

The “sitting-back and waiting for a chance” tactic was maintained by both teams throughout the first half.

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Conversely from the first half, Brisbane seemed to come out of half-time with high energy.

This led to Brisbane being able to create threatening chances, but similarly to the first half, Warren Moon’s men failed to capitalise.

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Ivanovic’s three shots from right in front of the goal left Brisbane scratching their heads as to how they weren’t in the lead.

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Adelaide goalkeeper James Delianov proved to be the one keeping Adelaide in the match by making those three miraculous saves.

As Brisbane’s momentum started to die down, the game started to mirror the tale of the first half.

Both sides became restless as the game went on,and a small scuffle occurred that saw Stefan Mauk and Anton Mlinaric get booked.

As the game drew to a close, a careless challenge from Adelaide defender Javi Lopez saw him get booked for the second time leaving Adelaide United defending a last-minute Roar free-kick with 10 men but it led to nothing.

Brisbane Roar: 0

Adelaide United: 0

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant referees: Anton Shchetinin, Nathan MacDonald

Fourth official: Adam Kersey

BRISBANE ROAR: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Corey BROWN, Anton MLINARIC, Rahmat AKBARI (Henry HORE 70’), Luke IVANOVIC (Jez LOFTHOUSE 70’), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Juan Lescano 55’), Jesse DALEY (Ville MATTI STEINMANN 64’), Jack HINGERT (Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 45’), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN

Unused subs: Nicholas Olsen, Jordan Holmes

ADELAIDE UNITED: James DELIANOV (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO (Bernardo Oliveira 68’), Ryan KITTO (Craig GOODWIN 55’), Stefan MAUK, Kusini YENGI, Isaias SANCHEZ CORTES (Joe CALETTI 45’), Javier LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ, Michael JAKOBSEN, Jacob TRATT, Benjamin HALLORAN (Mohamed TOURE 84’), Joshua CAVALLO (Nicholas ANSELL 82’)

Unused subs: Joe Gauci

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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