Brisbane Roar stun Sydney FC in tightly-contested draw

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Bottom-of-the-table Brisbane Roar have held off a late surge from Sydney FC to take home a point from Netsrata Jubilee Stadium.

Sydney FC failed to capitalise on a flurry of late chances, sharing spoils with a refreshed, resolute Roar outfit in a 1-1 draw on Saturday night in the A-League Men.

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An end-to-end opening few minutes recalled the FFA Cup quarter-final from earlier in the week as the gloves of both goalkeepers were tested out from dangerous grounded crosses.

Matti Steinmann saw yellow just eight minutes in after a clumsy challenge on Elvis Kamsoba.

Brisbane produced a decent couple of chances just minutes later, the first of which saw captain James O’Shea’s cross bouncing around the box before Juan Eduardo Lescano pulled the resulting shot just wide from six yards out.

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Nearing the 20-minute mark and up the other end, Rhyan Grant’s cross found Brisbane defender Scott Neville, who comedically almost placed the ball into his own net but goalkeeper Macklin Freke thankfully stood in the way.

After chances had dried up at either end, Alexander Parsons’ cross at the half-hour mark produced a side-footed attempt from Lescano, which did little to worry Andrew Redmayne.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Elvis Kamsoba’s extraordinary run from his own half down the left wing cut through Brisbane’s defence with ease, as the toe-poke forward to Anthony Caceres and subsequent cool-headed finish past a sliding Freke put the Sky Blues ahead.

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As Brisbane looked for the immediate reply, Nikola Mileusnic’s initial attempt from a patient attacking build-up was palmed away by Redmayne, before another cross by O’Shea found Mileusnic once again, who somehow found a way past three Sky Blues defenders as well as Redmayne’s strong right arm to make it 1-1.

The beginning of the second half saw an unanticipated triple substitution from Brisbane, before Sydney’s Joel King went into the book for a careless challenge on Lescano.

In Sydney’s quest to find a winner, Kamsoba continued to pose a major threat upon Brisbane’s compact defence, as his driving attempt on goal 20 minutes into the second half stung the palm of Freke but failed to find the back of the net.

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Up the other end, Parsons skied his opportunity from an intelligent Corey Brown pass, before a flurry of chances up at Sydney’s end, including a piece of Patrick Wood brilliance, saw them fail to capitalise on goal.

The chances at the death for Sydney continued as substitute Harry Van Der Saag struck the woodwork with five minutes to go, as one spurned chance after another ultimately came to nothing for the Sky Blues.

A point for the Roar failed to get them off the bottom of the ladder, the result, however, shocked the Sydneysiders who will be eager to look ahead to their FFA Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

Sydney FC 1 (Caceres 34’)

Brisbane Roar 1 (Mileusnic 40’)

Stadium: Netsrata Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Jack Morgan

Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, Ben WARLAND, Alexander WILKINSON, Joel KING, Paulo RETRE (Harry VAN DER SAAG, 65′), Patrick YAZBEK, Milos NINKOVIC (Max BURGESS, 65′), Anthony CACERES (Mustafa AMINI, 77′), Elvis KAMSOBA (Patrick WOOD, 78′), Trent BUHAGIAR (BOBO, 65′)

Unused Subs: Tom HEWARD-BELLE, Jake McGING

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Ville Matti STEINMANN, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Eli ADAMS, 78′), Jesse DALEY (Rahmat AKBARI, 51′), Nicholas OLSEN (Corey BROWN, 51′), Alexander PARSONS, Juan Eduardo LESCANO (Luke IVANOVIC, 73′), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Louis ZABALA (Jack HINGERT, 51′)

Unused Subs: Jordan HOLMES, Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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