Melbourne City’s phenomenal A-League run has come to a crashing halt as they were comprehensively beaten by Brisbane Roar. That result sees the Roar remain in second place in the league after a 3-1 win over Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night.
Brisbane Roar came out of the blocks, making sure that they held the early possession and chances. Yet for all that good work, City was doing well defensively, as they kept out a strong and dangerous Brisbane attack.
Thomas Sorensen was the star for Melbourne City as he was keeping Brisbane out, despite the almost constant pressure. Sorensen managed a double save in the 16th minute as he denied Matt McKay’s header, before recovering well and managing a spectacular save on Thomas Broich’s rebound.
Just when it looked like Melbourne City were starting to get some control in the match, disaster struck and Brisbane had the lead. Shane Steffanuto crossed in to the box while Patrick Kisnorbo cut it out, attempting to clear but only sent us pass Sorensen to give Brisbane the opener.
That saw Brisbane regroup, as they again took control of the match buoyed by that fortunate goal, and before the break it was 2-0. Dimitri Petratos was able to send in a perfect cross for Brandon Borello, beating the keeper near post to double the lead at the break.
Facing what has become a rare deficit at the break, Melbourne City came out from half-time determined to get back on track. Just five minutes in to the match, they managed it as a long ball from Sorensen found Bruno Fornaroli, who rounded the keeper and easily buried the chance to pull City back in to the match.
With a goal back, Melbourne City started looking much more dangerous and they had a chance to make it two before the hour mark. A mistake from Jamie Young in the Brisbane goal allowed Stefan Mauk to send it in for Fornaroli, who decided to backheel at goal, ending the chance.
Tensions in the match threatened to boil over as the tight match raised tempers before Harry Novillo kicked out after missing the ball. That lead an all in shoving match, earning Cameron Bowles, Jade North, Noville and Paulo Retre yellow cards.
In the final 20 minutes Brisbane really took charge, hunting a third goal that would seal the result for them. But with seven minutes to play it was City who could have scored when Robert Koren sent in a powerful shot which beat the keeper only to cannon off the crossbar.
The goal that sealed things finally did come in stoppage time when Sorensen was forward for a Melbourne City corner. That allowed Henrique to send a long ball down from half-way which beat Sorensen to the back of the net.