Adelaide United FC’s road towards the ACL Quarter Finals continues to gather momentum after the Reds defeated Brisbane Roar 6-2 in a goal fest at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Adelaide United FC-s road towards the ACL Quarter Finals continues to gather momentum after the Reds defeated Brisbane Roar 6-2 in a goal fest at Hindmarsh Stadium.
What shaped as a tight tussle quickly opened up into a multitude of goal mouth action at both ends. The Reds flew out to a 3-nil lead at the break thanks to Fabian Barbiero-s opener and two goals from an unfamiliar source in defender Iain Fyfe, while Brisbane could not make the most of their chances.
Three goals soon became five as Jeronimo Neumann scored for the second successive game before Iain Ramsay produced a sweet curling finish to beat Roar keeper Michael Theo with 13 minutes remaining.
The reigning Hyundai A-League champions made a brief resurgence courtesy of super sub Rocky Visconte who struck twice within the space of three minutes, but a clever opportune goal from Sergio van Dijk in injury time gave the Reds their sixth of the night and signalled they are working nicely towards the Quarter Final home leg against Bunyodkor on September 19.
While there was plenty happening in the front half of the pitch, the Reds- defence were also being made to work hard as Brisbane tried to manufacture opportunities, goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic reeling off a couple of trademark saves, including one off sharp shooter Besart Berisha from the penalty spot early in the second half.
The Reds host the Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday night in what will be their final hit out before Bunyodkor come to town.
Match Details Adelaide United FC 6 (Barbiero 22-, Fyfe 26-/33-, Neumann 59-, Ramsay 77-, van Dijk 90+2-) Brisbane Roar 2 (Visconte 82-/85-)
Adelaide United line-up: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (4.Jon McKAIN 76-), 5.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO (12.Antony GOLEC 63-), 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Bruce DJITE (9.Sergio VAN DIJK 63-), 14.Cameron WATSON, 16.Daniel BOWLES, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO (27.Jordan ELSEY 76-), 23.Evan KOSTOPOULOS (21.Jeronimo NEUMANN 46- (15.Jacob MELLING 78-) Substitutes not used: 30.John HALL (gk)
Brisbane Roar line-up: 20.Matt ACTON (gk) (1.Michael THEO (gk) 46-), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 4.Matthew JURMAN, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 7.Besart BERISHA, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA (18.Luke BRATTAN 73-), 10.HENRIQUE (17.Mitch NICHOLS 63-), 11.Ben HALLORAN (14.Rocky VISCONTE 81-), 13.Yuji TAKAHASHI, 22.Thomas BROICH (16.Do DONG-HYUN 46-) Substitutes not used: -
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