Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC played out a 0-0 draw on a scorching night at Suncorp Stadium in Round 13 of the Hyundai A-League.
The contest was even in the first half with both teams creating a couple of guilt edge chances with Solorzano and Brosque coming the closest to finding the back of the net for their respective teams.
Brisbane were able to gain more possession in the second half but were unable to find a match winner, with a draw a fair result but not what either team needed.
What They Said
“It was pretty hard, especially in the first half we weren’t holding onto the ball in their third enough, they were causing us problems, just from our own mistakes.
“It’s been good. Last week there was some soft goals that we conceded but also we scored some. We’ve got the firepower we’ve just got to turn up on game day.” Brisbane Roar captain Jade North
“Very tough conditions. It didn’t seem it going into the game but as the minutes ticked by it just became unbelievably hard to do anything.
“We’ll continue to be happy if we keep not losing away from home, picking up points. It’s our home form that really needs to change.” Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque
On the stroke of halftime Henrique turned youngster Aaron Calver inside out before squaring it to Petratos, who in turn burst through Sebastian Ryall and Nikola Petkovic.
With an open shot on goal Petratos should have scored, but Vedran Janjetovic stood tall and made a crucial save to ensure his team went to the break level.
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With possession almost even at halftime, the Roar held the ball much better in the second stanza (59%).
But interestingly Sydney created more chances with far less ball, leading the shot count 9-6.
In just the fifth minute of the game Henrique produced a sublime back heel reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo to release Corey Brown down the left flank.
Unfortunately the Olyroo fullback was unable to deliver a cross that the lead up work deserved, but the tone was set for the remainder of the match as Henrique continued to give Sydney defenders headaches all night.
Roar midfielder Luke Brattan was substituted midway through the second half with a hamstring injury.
Coach Frans Thijssen will be hoping it is not too serious as he is already missing captain and midfield rock Matt McKay through international duty.
The Final Word
Both teams had chances to win the game and Frans Thijssen and Graham Arnold will be disappointed with just one point.
The result keeps Brisbane outside the top six and it doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Wellington to take on the in-form Phoenix on Sunday.
Sydney winless streak continues and will have to regather quickly as they host Newcastle this Saturday night in Wollongong.
Brisbane Roar FC: Young, Brown, North, Donachie, Bowles, Sarota (Stefanutto 92’), Lustica, Brattan (Borrello 75’), Solorzano, Henrique, Petratos
Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Gersbach, Petkovic, Ryall, Calver, Triantis (Gligor 81’), Brosque, Dimitrijevic, Grant (Naumoff 61’), Smeltz (Janko 61’), Ibini
Red Cards: n/a
Brisbane Roar: Brown (84’)
Sydeny FC: Grant (14’), Triantis (71’)
Conditions: Hot and humid