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Dec 03

Australia Sportwatch: Brisbane outclass Canberra in W-League, A-League and more – as it happened

W-League: Brisbane Roar 1-0 Canberra United; Melbourne City 1-1 Adelaide UnitedA-League: Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Perth Glory; Melbourne Victory 3-2 Wellington Phoenix 8.07am GMT No winner from this clash, with Ashley Hatch and Alyssa Mautz scoring a…

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Dec 02

A-League: Roar snatch win as injuries hit Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2 Brisbane Roar Roar get badly needed winBrisbane have finally got their A-League season on track by snatching a sorely needed 2-0 A-League win off an injury-hit Western Sydney.Ivan Franjic marked his return to the Roar with …

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Nov 18

‘It’s just tittle-tattle’: Melbourne City coach shuts down talk over Tim Cahill

Joyce says the speculation has not affected the team as City suffer error-ridden 3-1 defeat to Brisbane RoarMelbourne City coach Warren Joyce has declined to answer questions about his supposedly strained relationship with Tim Cahill amid speculation t…

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Oct 13

A-League: John Aloisi roars at Adelaide’s fitness ‘myth’

Brisbane Roar coach says it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 winBrisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes it is a “myth” that Adelaide United are much fitter than other A-League sides, arguing it was his own …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/14/a-league-john-aloisi-roars-at-adelaides-fitness-myth

Oct 06

Melbourne City 2-0 Brisbane Roar: A-League season opener – as it happened

  • Bruce Kamau brace settles first game of new campaign
  • City get their season off to decent start at AAMI Park

12.05pm BST

It might not have been the exciting season opener wanted by A-League executives, but Melbourne City fans won’t be complaining after commencing their campaign with a comfortable two goal victory over Brisbane Roar on Friday. An edge-of-the-box strike from Bruce Kamau on the stroke of half-time gave City the initial advantage, before the silky winger doubled his tally late in the second stanza.

Kamau was frustratingly inconsistent throughout the night, combining the two goals and several other chances with poor first touches and dead-end runs. But he was ultimately the difference, combining well with emergency loan signing Ross McCormack and midfielder Nick Fitzgerald to regularly trouble Brisbane. City’s Dutch signing Bart Schenkeveld was calm and collected in defence, ensuring a few half-chances from the Roar were just that.

11.49am BST

90 + 4 min: Peep! Jarred Gillett brings proceedings to a close. Not the most glamorous opener to A-League season XIII, an ultimately comfortable win for home side Melbourne City. Bruce Kamau with his first career brace.

11.47am BST

90 +2 min: The result is very much sorted, but don’t tell City’s Bruce Kamau, who is everywhere trying to complete his hat-trick.

11.44am BST

89 min: Brisbane make one last throw of the dice … with a defensive substitution, Luke De Vere on for Avraam Papadopoulos.

11.42am BST

Unless there is a dramatic turn-around in the final minutes, Melbourne City fans will be going home happy tonight.

11.39am BST

83 min: Brisbane boss John Aloisi rolls the dice, bringing on youngster Rahmat Akbari for Nicholas D’Agostino. The Afghan-born attacker is immediately in the action, forcing the first save of the night for City keeper Eugene Galekovic.

11.38am BST

82 min: Bruce Kamau with another nice run towards the Brisbane box, but the double goalscorer is brought down. Melbourne City make two substitutes: marquee Marcin Budzinski on for Ross McCormack; Nick Fitzgerald for Scott Jamieson.

11.34am BST

More insight from the twittering class.

One of the strangest individual games by Bruce Kamau, turns it over, can’t stand up, loses the ball, scores twice #MCYvBRI

Maccarone is cooked #MCYvBRI

Seagulls look fresh after the long offseason. Terrific work rate. #MCYvBRI

11.29am BST

73 min: Goal! Bruce Kamau gets a brace. Nick Fitzgerald with a slicing pass from the left finds Kamau in the box, and even a deflection can’t prevent the 22-year-old from finding his second of the night. All over for Brisbane Roar?

11.28am BST

72 min: Bruce Kamau lobs in a ball to Ross McCormack, who plays it to Stefan Mauk to blaze over.

11.27am BST

71 min: Bruce Kamau wins a corner for Melbourne. City fans – thoughts on your Kenyan-born winger? He has been single-handedly the most frustrating and most exciting player tonight. As is often the way, I guess.

11.25am BST

69 min: Another opportunity for Brisbane, before City counter quickly through Bruce Kamau. Closed down by the Roar at the top of their box, but Melbourne regather. Dangerous stuff.

11.24am BST

67 min: Brisbane’s Petros Skapetis takes the ball on the right-hand side, dances down the flank and along the byline, before hitting it straight at Melbourne custodian Eugene Galekovic.

11.23am BST

The seagulls are everywhere tonight. Perhaps one of the Melbourne teams should hire a bird trainer and put them to use as a collective 12th man. Innovative.

The seagulls are playing well….. #MCYvBRI

11.21am BST

65 min: City’s Nick Fitzgerald puts in a floating ball for Ross McCormack at the back post, but the Aston Villa loanee can’t control.

11.20am BST

Indeed.

‘Maccarone saving his legs.’ It’s R1!!! #MCYvBRI

11.18am BST

62 min: Brisbane marquee Massimo Maccarone dances through the Melbourne defensive line but ultimately comes unstuck. Maccarone has had a few dangerous moments, but generally been too anonymous for the Roar tonight.

11.15am BST

59 min: Petros Skapetis with an incisive run down the right-hand flank for Brisbane, but his cross can’t find an orange-shirted colleague.

11.13am BST

Brisbane gaffer John Aloisi, he of that famous 2005 penalty strike against Uruguay, has been touted as a possible replacement to current Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou. Will Aloisi still be with the Roar come April?

11.10am BST

55 min: Some nice build-up play from Melbourne City, with Bruce Kamau again involved. Nothing comes of it, but the pressure is increasing on Brisbane.

11.08am BST

52 min: Brisbane are struggling to find the attacking chances they need to have any hope of drawing level with the home team. I wonder whether the Roar’s Afghanistan-born wonderkid, Rahmat Akbari, might be substituted on to add some flair.

11.02am BST

47 min: Fahid Ben Khalfallah collects the match’s third yellow for a nasty tackle on Osama Malik.

11.01am BST

46 min: Referee Jarred Gillett resumes play. Can Brisbane get back in the game? Asked this very question, Fox Sports commentator Robbie Slater offers an inspired answer: “With a goal”.

10.59am BST

Some statistics courtesy of the A-League. Second half about to get underway.

MATCH STATS | @MelbourneCity led all the stats in the first half. Did they deserve their 1-0 lead? #ALeague #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/BoKqbrbG7f

10.57am BST

City’s Bruce Kamau unleashes his goal-scoring strike.

10.51am BST

Highlights from Sokkah Twitter.

When Maccarone meets Kevin Muscat in round 6 #MCYvBRI #Aleague pic.twitter.com/L7dQKBBugY

Ross McCormack really isn’t as exciting a signing as some unknown South American #MCYvBRI

When Kamau scored #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/o8T6u6dYGi

10.48am BST

While you’re waiting for the second half, here’s some thought-provoking analysis from Ante Jukic of the Socceroos’ draw with Syria last night. And do write in to let me know your views on the first 45 minutes of the A-League season, via email or Twitter.

Related: Socceroos: Postecoglou’s tactical decisions leading to risky outcomes

10.46am BST

Well, a goal right on the edge of the half to Bruce Kamau has livened up the A-League season opener. Otherwise it has been a reasonably balanced affair, neither side controlling the game. Melbourne City has had 66% of the possession, but it had not showed until Kamau’s late strike.

10.41am BST

44 min: And Bruce Kamau immediately redeems himself! The resulting corner is headed back to a waiting Kamau, who slots in a slick shot from the edge of the box. Melbourne City with the first goal of the 13th A-League season.

10.40am BST

44 min: Bruce Kamau found himself alone in the Melbourne City box, with the offside flag down, but can’t make anything of it. A wasted opportunity there.

10.39am BST

43 min: Nasty collision between Nicholas D’Agostino and Luke Brattan causes a stoppage. D’Agostino comes off second best.

10.38am BST

41 min: More great defending from Jade North puts out a dangerous Melbourne City cross for the corner. Also, I keep almost typing Manchester City…

10.36am BST

39 min: Manny Muscat finds Ross McCormack in the box, who miscontrols and fires wide. That could have been the opener for City…

10.35am BST

37 min: Bruce Kamau creates a nice opportunity on the right-hand side for Melbourne City. The ball is then switched to the left before bobbling to Brisbane custodian Michael Theo. A very mixed night so far for Kamau – flashes of brilliance and flashes of ordinariness.

10.33am BST

City’s last-minute loan signing Ross McCormack of Aston Villa has had some nice touches tonight, but failed to threaten Michael Theo in the Brisbane goal.

10.30am BST

33 min: Petros Skapetis causing more grief for Melbourne City on the right-hand side of their box. Nothing coming of it, yet…

10.29am BST

Some of the Twitterati are not inspired with the A-League’s choice of season opener.

#MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/N1JtwzHHTd

So if its a draw at full time, we award the 3 points to whomever had the most possession right? #MCYvBRI

10.27am BST

Cam Melling has been in touch via Twitter. He wants to know whether Brisbane fans are happy with Massimo Maccarone as their marquee. “Surely too old now,” he offers. Thoughts, Roar supporters?

10.27am BST

29 min: Petros Skapetis fizzes a ball across the goal mouth, but Nicholas D’Agostino cannot convert for Brisbane.

10.22am BST

24 min: 22-year-old Bruce Kamau has been active for Melbourne City, but his first-touch is looking shaky. I’m told Kamau wants to be a rapper. Who would win a rap battle among the A-League clubs?

10.20am BST

Ron Smith, a respected coach and technical analyst, doesn’t think much of the Brisbane strip.

That has to be the worst strip Brisbane Roar have ever had to wear. #MCYvBRI

10.18am BST

21 min: City’s Manny Muscat collects the first yellow card of the A-League season with a reducer on Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

10.17am BST

Brisbane’s bald-headed marquee Massimo Maccarone has had some nice early touches during his A-League debut.

10.15am BST

18 min: Luke Brattan plays a nice slicing pass to Stefan Mauk on the right-hand flank, but Brisbane’s Jade North cuts it out. Moments later some nice build-up play unleashes Nicholas D’Agostino for the Roar, who comes close to an opening goal.

10.12am BST

No prizes for guessing who Tim Cahill is cheering for, as he watches the game with his Socceroos team mates in Sydney.

Let’s go CITY ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/oGb2xQt54t

10.11am BST

14 min: Luke Brattan has been involved in plenty of the early action for Melbourne City. He’s also had a haircut.

10.09am BST

12 min: Bruce Kamau goes on a marauding run through the Brisbane Road midfield, although it comes to nothing. Moments later Iacopo La Rocca lays off for Stefan Mauk on the edge of the box, but Mauk blazes wide.

10.06am BST

9 min: Nothing too exciting to report – the ball gets bogged down on one flank and we have about five consecutive throw-ins. Meanwhile, AAMI Park’s seagulls are enjoying themselves in the City half.

10.02am BST

5 min: End-to-end football so far, with Brisbane and City both creating some nice attacking movement. The Roar’s bright orange new playing strip is causing controversy on Twitter. Thoughts, fashion critics?

9.59am BST

2 min: Brisbane’s new signing Maccarone already in the thick of the action, holding the ball up near the City box before picking out team-mate Caletti who shoots just wide.

9.56am BST

1 min: Peeep! Referee Jarred Gillett commences proceedings at AAMI Park. Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar – the 13th A-League season is underway!

9.55am BST

Can someone take the memes away from the A-League? Okay, I’ll admit I am a little excited too.

The wait is almost over!!! Kick-off to season 2017/18 is only moments away #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/R6Z53rrt9F

9.53am BST

9.46am BST

What are your predictions tonight? I’m reliably informed that there has NEVER been a goalless encounter between these two teams, so a 0-0 tip would be brave. Let me know your thoughts via email or Twitter.

9.40am BST

It will be interesting to see how many Melburnians turn out for the A-League season opener, after a sport-packed past month. Journalist Vince Rugari is in the stands:

Not too many bodies in at AAMI Park at this stage #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/ruQUxyxH9X

9.36am BST

While we’re waiting for kick-off (7.50pm AEDT), have a read of the best A-League pre-season analysis in town: Jonathan Howcroft’s three part preview. The contenders, the outside chances and the underdogs are all put under scrutiny by Jonathan. Recommended reading!

9.31am BST

Team news is in – McCormack up front for Melbourne City and Brisbane’s marquee Maccarone also starting.

Our first team is in for the new @ALeague season! #MCYvBRI Kick-off 7.50pm. pic.twitter.com/yQbHLch8cA

TEAM NEWS | The wait is over! @ALeague season 13 kicks off tonight as we take on @MelbourneCity at @AAMIPark #FEELTHEROAR #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/xTolveuOEU

9.24am BST

Lucky 13? The latest season of the A-League begins tonight with Australian football on the brink of crisis. The enigmatic Socceroos are in very real danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while the brawl between Football Federation Australia and other stakeholders (A-League clubs among them) shows no sign of detente. Amid the gloom, will the domestic league emerge as a ray of hope?

Player recruitment has been sensible, if not splashy, and administrators have revamped the competition’s marketing. The likes of Xavi Torres (Perth Glory) or Tom Hiariej (Central Coast Mariners) might not improve gate receipts, but they do bring European quality to the pitch. With little to separate the top six or seven sides, fans could be in for a riveting season. As the off-field drama inevitably continues, perhaps some actual football could do everyone a world of good.

4.09am BST

Kieran will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of Jonathan Howcroft’s season preview.

Related: A-League: off-season recruitment augurs well for new season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/oct/06/melbourne-city-v-brisbane-roar-a-league-season-opener-live

Oct 05

A-League: off-season recruitment augurs well for new season

Despite war between clubs and FFA and a summer full of big sporting events, A-League fans have much to look forward to

If the turmoil wasn’t so familiar it would be tempting to regard the 13th instalment of the A-League as cursed. On the eve of the new season clubs are at war with the governing body (again), the Socceroos are shredding nerves in a World Cup playoff (again), and the once clearish air of midsummer will be tested like never before with an Ashes series, an ascendant Big Bash League and the nascent AFLW competing for attention. Fortunately, the on-field product promises to be robust following one of the smartest off-seasons of player recruitment yet.

The season kicks off tonight with Melbourne City hosting Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park. City will be without Tim Cahill, who 12-months ago was almost single-handedly responsible for any hype around the competition. This time around he will be recovering from the first leg of Australia’s AFC playoff against Syria in Melaka and preparing for the vital second leg in Sydney on Tuesday.

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part two: the outside chances | Jonathan Howcroft

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part three: the title contenders | Jonathan Howcroft

Related: Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/06/a-league-off-season-recruitment-augers-well-for-new-season

May 31

Brisbane Roar to appeal AFC fine over lack of ‘international buffet’ for officials

  • Roar claim fine issued for not providing officials with lobster twice a day
  • AFC refutes those claims and accuses club of lacking respect for rules

Brisbane Roar will appeal a hefty fine from the Asian Football Confederation for not providing “international buffet style” meals for a group of travelling Champions League match officials.

But the AFC has refuted claims from Roar managing director Mark Kingsman that they were sanctioned because the six-man delegation, headed by match referee Wang Di, was unable to eat lobster twice a day, accusing the club of a lack of respect for the competition’s strict regulations.

Related: ABC defends Sydney FC v Liverpool coverage described by host as ‘train wreck’

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Apr 30

Besart Berisha heads Victory past Roar and into A-League grand final

  • Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park
  • Victory will meet Sydney FC in next weekend’s title decider

Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC for the A-League championship after Besart Berisha sunk his former club Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday night. On a tense evening at AAMI Park, Berisha broke the deadlock for Kevin Muscat’s men with 20 minutes remaining, heading home Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross.

Victory were worthy winners after playing the role of aggressors for most of the game and eventually beat determined goalkeeper Jamie Young. Their progression to the showpiece match – to be played on Sunday 7 May at Allianz Stadium – means the top two finishers will compete in the grand final for the fifth straight year.

Related: Sydney FC advance to A-League grand final after VAR controversy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/30/besart-berisha-heads-victory-past-roar-and-into-a-league-grand-final

Apr 21

Brisbane Roar knock Wanderers out of A-League finals on penalties

  • Brisbane defeat Western Sydney 1-1 (6-5) in A-League elimination final
  • Roar will play Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League final

Brisbane Roar will battle Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League decider after beating Western Sydney on penalties in an epic elimination final on Friday night. The Roar won the penalty shootout 6-5 after scores had been locked at 1-1 after 120 minutes, with back-up goalkeeper Jamie Young making the winning save to deny Jumpei Kusukami’s sudden-death effort at Suncorp Stadium.

It was an easy save for Young, who was able to stay on his feet to pluck the spot-kick from the Japanese import to spark wild celebrations among the 17,530 fans in attendance. Young was only on the field because first-choice stopper Michael Theo was forced off with a knee injury after a heavy collision with Terry Antonis in the first half of extra time.

Related: David Squires on … the football season climax, A-League style

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/21/brisbane-roar-knock-wanderers-out-of-a-league-finals-on-penalties

Apr 16

A-League: 16 goals as Glory beat City and Brisbane pip Wellington

Brisbane Roar 4-3 Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory 5-4 Melbourne CityPerth Glory beat Melbourne City 5-4 to close the A-League regular season but it was not enough to earn a home final against the same opponent.Glory and City were destined to meet in an …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/16/a-league-brisbane-roar-wellington-phoenix-perth-glory-melbourne-city

Apr 02

Jamie Maclaren hits eight-minute hat-trick as Brisbane hammer Mariners

  • Brisbane Roar beat Central Coast Mariners 5-1 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at AAMI Park

A Jamie Maclaren hat-trick helped Brisbane Roar come from behind and thrash the Central Coast Mariners 5-1 in the A-League on Sunday night. Shunned by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE, Maclaren continued his rich vein of form by scoring his three goals in a stunning eight-minute stretch.

Related: Sydney’s second-half blitz sinks City as Wanderers cruise past Jets

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/phoenix-stay-in-hunt-for-a-league-finals-berth-with-upset-of-melbourne-victory

Mar 25

Roar’s wonder goal sinks Victory and hands Premiers Plate to Sydney FC

  • Brisbane Roar 1-0 Melbourne Victory
  • Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Adelaide United
  • Sky Blues now uncatchable at top of ladder

Brisbane sharpshooter Jamie Maclaren delivered a timely reminder of his quality to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou with an A-League wonder-goal to sink Melbourne Victory and deliver the Premiers Plate to Sydney FC. Brisbane’s 1-0 win confirms the Sky Blues’ first silverware in seven years as the runaway leaders enter Sunday’s clash with Perth 11 points ahead of second-placed Victory with three rounds to play.

Related: A-League: Santalab sets club record as Wanderers beat Melbourne City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/25/adelaide-leapfrog-mariners-in-battle-to-avoid-wooden-spoon

Mar 22

David Squires on … the fiery ending to Adelaide’s encounter with Brisbane

Our resident cartoonist casts an eye back over the controversial clash at Coopers Stadium

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Mar 21

Brisbane assistant coach Ross Aloisi cited by FFA over Adelaide tunnel incident

  • Aloisi clashes with Adelaide counterpart after stormy A-League encounter
  • Roar football director Craig Moore also cited over alleged referee comments

Brisbane assistant coach Ross Aloisi has been cited and is facing hefty punishment for an alleged incident involving Adelaide United assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo.

Aloisi clashed with Ramallo in the tunnel exiting Coopers Stadium after the Roar’s last-gasp loss in Adelaide, where Brisbane conceded a controversial penalty and lost the game 2-1.

Related: Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy

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Mar 19

Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy

Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Coopers StadiumWestern Sydney Wanderers beat Wellington Phoenix 3-1 at Spotless StadiumTensions boiled over after Adelaide United stole a controversial last-gasp 2-1 win against Brisbane as a 98th-minute Sergio…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/adelaide-nick-a-league-win-over-brisbane-after-98th-minute-controversy

Mar 14

John Aloisi puts on brave face after Brisbane fall to second ACL defeat

  • Brisbane Roar beaten 3-0 by Kashima Antlers in Japan
  • A-League side prop up Group E with one point and minus-9 goal difference

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi is refusing to believe his side’s AFC Champions League hopes are gone, clinging to hope they can win their remaining three games and qualify for the knockout phase.

Aloisi put on a brave face after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Kashima Antlers in Japan on Tuesday night, which leaves them winless on bottom of Group E with a minus-9 goal difference.

Related: David Squires on … Australian clubs in the Asian Champions League

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Mar 05

Melbourne City hold on in frantic finish to keep Central Coast at bay

  • Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
  • Newcastle Jets 1-3 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City climbed into third place after surviving a frenetic 3-2 A-League thriller against 10-man Central Coast, thanks to some luck and Paul Izzo’s goalkeeping implosion.

A Bruno Fornaroli brace, own-goals and goalkeeping howlers were the order of the day as Mariners captain Nick Montgomery and young City defender Ruon Tongyik both found the wrong net, before Izzo’s 62nd-minute red card and the subsequent penalty finished City’s job for them.

Related: Further frustration for Wanderers in stalemate with struggling Adelaide

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/05/melbourne-city-hold-on-in-frantic-finish-to-keep-central-coast-at-bay

Feb 28

Review of scheduling called for after dismal night for Australian clubs in ACL

  • Scheduling ‘doesn’t help’, says Brisbane coach John Aloisi after 6-0 loss
  • Western Sydney also fall to heavy defeat, 5-1 against Shanghai SIPG

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes Football Federation Australia will be forced to re-examine A-League scheduling because they have made it “virtually impossible” for teams to compete in the AFC Champions League.

The Roar were smashed 6-0 by Ulsan Hyundai in South Korea on Tuesday night, continuing the utter humiliation of Australian sides at this year’s tournament.

Related: Phoenix lead late-season scramble as finals race remains wide open

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/01/review-of-scheduling-called-for-after-dismal-night-for-australian-clubs-in-acl

Feb 25

A-League: Victory beat Adelaide, as Wellington Phoenix upset tired Roar

  • Melbourne Victory 2-1 Adelaide
  • Brisbane Roar 1-2 Wellington Phoenix

Melbourne Victory have continued their surge toward the A-League finals, surviving a late scare from last-placed Adelaide United to claim a 2-1 victory. The second-placed Victory’s two-goal lead evaporated in the 90th minute when Adelaide’s Tarek Elrich pounced on some loose defending by Jason Geria.

The Reds continued to press their case but ran out of time to claim an equaliser, with Victory climbing to within eight points of ladder-leaders Sydney FC.

Related: Sydney FC put bad week behind them with win over Melbourne City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/25/a-league-wellington-phoenix-upset-tired-roar-in-brisbane

Feb 11

Depleted Melbourne City come back to earn draw against Brisbane Roar

  • Melbourne City 2-2 Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park
  • Second-string City side recover from two goals down

Melbourne City’s second-stringers showed their wares, earning a point with a gritty comeback to draw 2-2 with the Roar in Brisbane.

Bereft of star power with seven suspensions and a further two injuries to senior players, City looked gone for all money when Jamie Maclaren put his side two up by half-time.

Related: A-League: Castro nets twice as Perth Glory thrash Adelaide

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