Brisbane Roar’s title defense got off to a poor start as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday evening. The win came after Brisbane Roar were reduced to ten men in the 71st minute, but by then the damage was well and truly done.
The defending champions started the match well, with their new European recruit, Mensur Kurtishi getting a chance away early but he couldn’t find the target. Not to be out done Adealdeide responded well and Sergio Cirio crossed in for Marcelo Carrusca who was denied by a save from back-up keeper Jamie Young.
In the 13th minute Thomas Broich made his impact as he managed a beautiful back-heel that allowed Shane Steffanuto to run on to the ball and send it in to the box only for Eugene Galekovic to make the save. That lead to a strong passage of play for Brisbane Roar and in the 19th minute they had their goal as Broich hit a free kick that couldn’t find a team mate but also beat all the defense before hitting the back of the net.
Adelaide responded quickly and in the 22nd minute had an opportunity to equalize as Isais Sanchez sent in a wonderful free-kick but was denied by a phenomenal Young save. That didn’t see Adelaide get down as they kept on going to find an equalizer but they were denied in a physical match.
In the 32nd minute the Reds did find their equalizer after working hard to hold possession and keep on going after an impressive effort. Bruce Djite was the one who scored what will surely be the goal of the week as he hit a powerful goal that went over Young and hit the back of the net to level the scores.
Adelaide continued to go on the attack through the final ten minutes of the half as they looked to hit the lead and stun the champions. In the 36th minute Sanchez very nearly had a second goal as Djite sent him in but he sent his effort wide of goal.
Brisbane Roar started to come back at the end of the half but they just couldn’t break through the strong Adelaide United defense. Adelaide held firm, after getting level and looking dangerous they kept Brisbane out, keeping it 1-1 at the break.
Brisbane started the match well but ten minutes in to the half it was Adelaide who had the goal as it was a disaster from Brisbane Roar. Sergio Cirio sent in a cross that James Donachie attempted to clear with both feet but could only send it in to the back of the net, giving Adelaide the lead.
With the lead, Adelaide United were even calmer in possession as they looked to be patient, and avoid giving up the ball to Brisbane Roar and in the 71st minute Brisbane’s situation became almost impossible. Matt McKay was unhappy with a decision from referee Ben Williams, and ran almost half the field to lash out at the referee, earning himself a needless red card.
Three minutes after the red card Djite nearly put his side 3-1 up as he was able to get a powerful shot away which bounced off the crossbar and out. Brisbane had chances in the final stages but Adelaide’s defense was solid enough to keep Brisbane out, wrapping up a 2-1 win.