Reds fall to clinical Brisbane

Adelaide United suffered a disappointing 4-0 loss to Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday in Round 10 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Two goals in as many minutes from Thomas Kristensen, a Thomas Broich header, and Jamie Maclaren’s converted penalty handed the hosts all three points.

Reds Head Coach, Guillermo Amor, made two alterations to his starting XI – one tactical and the other forced. Jesse Makarounas replaced the suspended Isaias in midfield, while Nikola Mileusnic was awarded his second start of the season at the expense of winger Ryan Kitto.

Adelaide started the brighter in the clash with Sergi Guardiola almost breaking the deadlock on six minutes, after he was expertly picked out by Mileusnic.

Amor’s men enjoyed large periods of possession and played out of the Roar’s high-pressing approach on several occasions in a bid to push further up the field.

Though the opening 25 minutes was rather a tight and cagey affair with neither team throwing numbers forward.

However, despite the cautious mindset, it was Brisbane who struck first. Tommy Oar’s pin-point delivery found the head of Kristensen who guided his effort past gloveman Eugene Galekovic on 28 minutes.

And two minutes later, the Roar made it 2-0 when a swift counter-attack culminated in Kristensen scoring inside the box, after connecting with Oar’s lowly-driven ball. 

The second-half saw Broich arrow a looping header into the top corner from Dimitri Petratos’ crossing free-kick and past a helpless Galekovic.

The 3-0 deficit compelled Amor into making a double change on the hour mark to try and salvage something from the encounter. Adelaide’s endeavour could not be faulted, but they were wasteful from a plethora of corners.

Guardiola had a series of half chances circumvent Jamie Young’s goal, while Iacopo La Rocca hit the crossbar from a thumping header.

And Adelaide’s profligacy in front of goal was compounded when Maclaren successfully dispatched a penalty to make it 4-0, after Henrique was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. 

Following the match, Reds Boss, Amor lamented his side’s inability to convert their chances though believed the scoreline somewhat flattered the Roar. 

“I think the players gave everything and we had two or three chances and didn’t score,” Amor said.

“After they (Brisbane) arrived once in the box it was 1-0, this is more difficult but this is football.

“I think the 4-0 result is too much, it’s possible we can lose but for me 4-0 is too much after reflecting on the game.

“We had chances to score and the goals just didn’t arrive.”

Match details:  
Sunday, 11 December 2016 
Hyundai A-League Round 10
Brisbane Roar 4 (Kristensen 28’ 30’ Broich 55’ Maclaren 85’)
Adelaide United 0 
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 15,605