Depleted Roar hold on for draw with Melbourne Victory

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A courageous Brisbane Roar saw out a 0-0 draw against Melbourne Victory on a hot, controversial Saturday afternoon of football at Moreton Daily Stadium.

In what has been a tale of their season, Brisbane’s opposition made the fast start in the opening 10 minutes, despite a close shave.

Melbourne very nearly conceded an own goal in the sixth minute when a Joe Knowles deflection was stopped just short of the line by Victory’s Jake Brimmer.

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Moments later, Nicholas D’Agostino and Roar captain Thomas Aldred were involved in a nasty head clash, though they both returned to the field.

That interval in the ninth minute of the game was an opportunity for Brisbane’s fans to acknowledge the recent passing of former player Masato Kudo with a standing ovation.

As far as proceedings on the field, it was Victory who continued to surge in attack, dominating the possession 70-30.

Brisbane gradually came into the game when Riku Danzaki set up Charlie Austin down the right wing with a nice chance, only to be denied by Paul Izzo’s gloves as the match approached the first drinks break in the 25th minute.

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Roar nearly reversed their earlier fortunes when an own goal nearly went through Melbourne’s attacking net with not long left in the scorching opening stanza.

Neither side could break the deadlock by the break despite nine opportunities for Victory in the half and clear chances for Roar’s Knowles and Danzaki right on the whistle.

Roar picked up where they left off as the second half commenced when a powerful James O’Shea strike almost hit the net from outside the box, but a big problem was about arrive for the Brisbane side.

Goalkeeper Jordan Holmes was red carded in a highly contentious decision after the VAR and referee Chris Beath reviewed the footage to adjudge his clash with D’Agostino illegal.

Roar fans and players were fuming, as O’Shea incurred a yellow card for his verbal abuse post-decision.

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Rahmat Akbari made way for reserve keeper Macklin Freke in the 58th minute when the Roar lost their 11th man.

The depleted Brisbane outfit resolutely stifled Victory’s plethora of attacking forays for the majority of the second half.

Both sides were looking to extract anything they could in the harsh conditions as fatigue set in for many, particularly the overworked Roar players.

The stalemate couldn’t ultimately be broken, which means the Roar are still yet to record a win in their first four matches, while Melbourne Victory have been winless and goalless in their last three outings.

Brisbane Roar 0

Melbourne Victory 0

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin and Ashley Beecham

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (GK) (Macklin FREKE GK 58′), Scott NEVILLE, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Thomas ALDRED, Connor CHAPMAN, Rahmat AKBARI, Riku DANZAKI (Henry HORE 66′), Charles AUSTIN (Cyrus DEHMIE 90′), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Joseph KNOWLES (Nikola MILEUSNIC 66′)

Unused subs: Jesse DALEY, Carlo ARMIENTO, Louis ZABALA

Melbourne Victory: Paul IZZO (GK), KADETE, Raimon MARCHAN (Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 77′), Leigh BROXHAM, Chris IKONOMIDIS (Tomi JURIC 81′), Ben FOLAMI (Nishan VELUPILLAY 67′), Stefan NIGRO (Noah SMITH 81′), NANI (Lleyton BROOKS 77′), Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, Roderick MIRANDA, Jake BRIMMER

Unused subs: Matthew ACTON (GK), George TIMOTHEU

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne Victory

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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