Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar: A-League Elimination Final live scores, blog

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    Melbourne City FC v Brisbane Roar FC

    AAMI Park, 20 April, 2018

    Melbourne City FC Full Time Brisbane Roar FC
    2 0
    21 SHOTS 4
    19 FOULS 18
    8 CORNERS 4
    1 OFFSIDES 2

    The first of five A-League finals matches starts with Melbourne City hosting Brisbane Roar in an elimination final. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 7:50pm (AEST).

    Of the 13 past A-League champions, none have won the grand final after finishing outside of the top two. That stat alone begs the question whether these two sides are really competing for the championship, or just making up the numbers.

    Melbourne City have found some form at the right end of the season, notwithstanding a surprising loss to Wellington in the final round. City had little riding on the result, whereas Wellington were attempting to avoid the wooden spoon, so you could argue that the Melburnians had their eyes on this fixture.

    But having won three in a row prior to Wellington, and owning the big scalp of Newcastle among that streak, City go to the finals with a real belief that they are in it to win it.

    And you simply cannot discount any line-up containing the likes of Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan, Dario Vidosic, and Oliver Bosanic.

    Those names do not even factor in the current darling of the league, Daniel Arzani, who has turned into something of a star, having only been known for tricks and ball-hogging.

    Melbourne will not have it their own way when they come up against the form away side in the competition this season, Brisbane Roar.

    It’s been a funny season for Brisbane, the aged warrior of the competition. While they have fought their injury concerns (summed up by the injury-cloud hovering over Brett Holman), the good form shown by Eric Beautheac, Massimo Maccarone, and returning hero Henrique has seen Brisbane finish the season with a strong away win in Perth.

    The Roar will believe they can win anywhere, as they have done all season, and score a surprise win tonight to set up a date with Sydney.

    Brisbane will be hard to beat, but Melbourne have the firepower at home to do the job.

    Melbourne City 3-1.

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    40' YELLOW CARD - Dario Vidosic (Melbourne City FC)

    45' YELLOW CARD - Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City FC)

    54' YELLOW CARD - Jacob Pepper (Brisbane Roar FC)

    59' GOAL - Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City FC)

    65' YELLOW CARD - ร‰ric Bautheac (Brisbane Roar FC)

    89' YELLOW CARD - Bart Schenkeveld (Melbourne City FC)

    91' GOAL - Nick Fitzgerald (Melbourne City FC)

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    • 8:46am
      j binnie said | 8:46am | ! Report

      This was a game played tactically right out of the history books,give the “home team” two thirds of the pitch to play around in and we’ll protect the back third,and bugger the 8000 fans and innumerable TV viewers who had turned up or tuned in to be entertained/
      Roar were dismal in attack,and looked to be a team that did not deserve to be in a top six competition.
      With one player announcing his retirement immediately after the game it is going to be an interesting six months for Roar fans, many of whom have voted with their feet this year and stayed away in their thousands.
      After the game we had JA assuring the fans that much has already been done to re-build for the future but John has to learn that back room ‘goings-on” are of little interest to those missing fans,they want improvements ON the field and there was little evidence of “improvement ” in this display.
      The more galling pill to swallow was that in Brattan, Vidosic and Fitzgerald, the opponent had 3 players who once graced Suncorp as Roar players,and when one adds the likes of Zullo,Donnachie,Brosque,Berisha,Barbarouses,Jackson and Petratos from other top six contenders into the mix one has to question the effectiveness of Roar’s scouting and retention operations
      Now the bubble has burst and those same fans who stayed away, plus those who remained loyal, are going to start and ask questions and look for answers that will affect their entertainment directly.
      As I said an interesting 6 months ahead. Cheers jb.

      • 10:33am
        Lionheart said | 10:33am | ! Report

        The thought of Aloisi rebuilding the Roar squad, again, is a very scary one JB. He’s done a lot of good things for Roar, but results is not one of them.

        • 11:36am
          j binnie said | 11:36am | ! Report

          Lionheart – Taking yesterday’s team ,substitutes,and notable players on the injury list, JA has signed 13 of the 17 squad players, so it is not a case of “rebuilding’ it is rather a case of “improving”.
          It is not a football coach’s job to investigate ,and repair the goings on in the back room,a football director or manager usually attends to that function and up to a few months ago we had another JA “signing ” in that job ,one CM.
          So one has to question what are the “good things’ that JA has achieved on the field for the club and it’s fans.
          When your season long attendances drop by over 4,500 per game it becomes quite obvious that something in the club “mix” is not right and to me that signifies a much bigger task than simple team “improvement” especially when a coach has already signed more than a “team” to his cause.
          You, and your missing thousands of compatriots deserve better.Cheers jb.

          • 9:02pm
            Lionheart said | 9:02pm | ! Report

            Thanks JB. I would say the good things he has done have been off the field. We forget the drama over a training field and unpaid bills, from the little I do know, JA lead the club through that period to the new grounds and academy. But it’s all about results, and I agree there’s a big question over JA’s on-field achievements. His turnaround of our team from young to old, and as you’ve identified, the large number of quality former Roar youth now with other clubs. Queensland football fans deserves much better than what they’re being served up by JA.

      • 10:35am
        Realist said | 10:35am | ! Report

        Add Joey Champness to the list as well jbinnie

      • 12:55pm
        Chopper said | 12:55pm | ! Report

        I have said before and I will repeat infinitum John Aloisi was a journeyman as a player and is much the same as a coach. It is no good looking at players that have left or those yet to come if the manager/coach has little understanding of how to build a winni9ng team.

    • Roar Guru

      Grobbelaar said | 8:40am | ! Report

      Attendance: 7,757

      Considering there was no other sport on in Melbourne last night, you’d have to say that’s slightly disappointing.

    • Roar Rookie

      Stevo said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      There wasnโ€™t a bad player for City tonight. Arzani is dazzling but the final product needs to be sharpened up for him to become a star. I reckon heโ€™s got it in his locker. Bruno, what can you say about this guy. Scraps for everything and then something. Always provides a contest and keeps defenders honest. Dario. This guy should be a star, heโ€™s got plenty just needs to produce consistently but a good game tonight. Schenkeveld was a rock again and Malik was good. Very happy tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 10:33pm
      Midfielder said | 10:33pm | ! Report

      Should be a great game next week.

    • 10:24pm
      TK said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      Well roar were again pretty toothless in attack as we have been all year. Playing 1 old man up front dont work John so spend the off season thinking about that will you. Well done City you dominated and turned up tonite after tbe ordinary performances over the last two weeks against the bottom two sides. Time to refresh a tired roar side and sit back and watch the other clubs battle it out.

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      Newcastle awaits a rampaging Melbourne City next Friday, after the Victorian team broke down a strong defensive display from Brisbane to take out the first finals match 2-nil.

      The first half finished nil-all, after some early chances were thwarted by Brisbane keeper Jamie Young.

      Melbourne took hold of the ball through several runs by Daniel Arzani, the young starlet lighting up AAMI Park on that right hand side. However, for all his running, he could not quite finish the play and make the pressure count on the score board. Along with a hard working Bruno Fornaroli, City took no reward.

      When Luke Brattan grasped at his right quad muscle during and towards the end of the half, suddenly City looked like the night might frustrate them out of the competition.

      Melbourne started the brighter of the teams in the second, and after some relentless pressure, finally found the back of the net through some crisp interplay, some tenacious Fornaroli play, and a deft Stefan Mauk finish.

      It was at this stage of the game that the Roar lifted, and lifted well. Their best chance of the half, nay the game, fell to Massimo Maccarone off a corner late in the game, only for the Italian, unchallenged, to head wide.

      That miss would prove costly, as shortly after Dario Vidosic, who played superbly, crossed for substitute Nichols Fitzgerald to bullet a header that even Young could do nothing about.

      A final chance to round out the game went wide for City, but a 2-nil result was a fair reflection of the night’s play.

      So Brisbane leave season 2017/18 with their heads held high, but asking themselves: what if? What if injuries had not crueled their season? What if some decisions had gone their way? What if more chances had been taken on the night? Also, Fahid Ben Khalfallah came off late in the game, perhaps for the last time as an A-League player.

      For Melbourne, they will hold no fears in Newcastle, having won their last two matches there. Next Friday should be electric, with two attacking teams going toe to toe, as Melbourne and Newcastle play for the right to participate in the ultimate game of the season: a Grand Final.

      Melbourne City: 2
      Brisbane Roar: 0

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 10:01pm | ! Report

        Thanks for the call Karlo.

        Looking forward to the game next Friday, hoping the crowed isn’t priced out of the ground.

        We were unlucky not to win the first of the two home losses to City.

        I expect it will be a different result, especially with the city and region behind the Jets as all games are delayed to ensure all can make it for the first finals in 10 years.

        Brisbane held out as long as they could. An unfortunate season but now they can plan for the next one.

        City too good and relentless tonight.

        It will be interesting to see how Merrick will account for both Arzani and Fornaroli, while keeping tabs on Brattan, all of who made it hard going for the Jets in the last game in Newie.

        • Roar Guru

          Karlo Tychsen said | 10:20pm | ! Report

          My pleasure Griff. So what do I do next Friday: go to the game, or call the game?

          • Roar Guru

            Griffo said | 10:26pm | ! Report

            Mate that is a hard call literally and figuratively…why not both ๐Ÿ˜€

            I’m sure there will be a few roving reporters from the ground to help…

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 10:04pm | ! Report

        Also talk post game of Matty McKay probably not there next year in Brisbane as he too is also off contract.

        McKay always speaks well and is sure he’ll be there in some capacity for a club he’s played nearly 250 games for.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:52pm | ! Report

      Well played City. Wonderful football tonight. Brisbane probably needed to be a little more proactive to expect a result.

      • Roar Guru

        Karlo Tychsen said | 9:56pm | ! Report

        Agreed Stuart. Next Friday will be epic.

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 9:56pm | ! Report

        I think Brisbane defended well, but just didn’t have much teeth in attack and rarely troubled City. Seemed one goal would have been enough for City.

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      Well if that stat is right, Brisbane barely have had three shots, none on goal…sums up a season that barely got started with various issues until near the end of the season.

      Almost a third there for City…take it away Karlo.

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      91‘ – 4 minutes of stoppage time.

      Jamieson and Mauk create a long range effort, Young with the save.

      But Fitzgerald bullets a header, and that will do it!

      That will take them to Newcastle next Friday. That header was a bullet, and the dribble and cross from Dario: molto bene!

      Melbourne City: 2
      Brisbane Roar: 0

      • 10:27pm
        TK said | 10:27pm | ! Report

        How bout the poor pass out of defense to turn the ball over. The second error to result in a goal.

        • Roar Guru

          Karlo Tychsen said | 9:05am | ! Report

          A defensive mindset ultimately worked against the Roar. You could only hold that City team out for so long. Brisbane needed a goal tonight. Questionable tactics from Aloisi, but it’s easy to be critical in hindsight

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 9:46pm | ! Report


      See you in Newcastle next week! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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