Brisbane Roar secured a finals berth following a 3-1 win against Sydney FC at home.
In a must win match for both sides, Brisbane took the game to Sydney from the outset with a fast paced game and constant movement of the ball. Brisbane were a team determined to get the upper hand in the match and cement their finals position.
Despite the constant pressure from the Roar, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances. Brisbanes first goal came of the back of a Sydney error. Alessandro Del Piero played a back pass in to no one and Thomas Broich pounced on the ball and set up Besart Berisha for an easy tap in and the 1-0 lead.
It was a just deserved goal for a Brisbane team that made all the early running and created the better chances. Sydney almost responded instantly when Terry Antonis sent a shot just wide of Michael Theos goal.
It was the closest Sydney got in the first half to finding the net and Brisbane were happy to control possession for the rest of the half and take the 1-0 lead in to the break.
Sydney came out for the second half a more rejuvenated side as they knew their finals hope were on the line. Despite the constant pressure, Sydney were their own downfall. Trying to play the ball out from the back, Berisha stole the ball off Seb Ryall and found Steve Lustica at the far post unmarked for an easy tap in for a 2-0 lead int he 51st minute.
Brisbane were happy to sit back and move the ball around as they soaked up the Sydney pressure and left the Sky Blues to do all the running. Seb Ryall nearly made the Roar pay when he should have scored with a header from 3 yards out. He was unable to direct his header as it sailed wide.
Sydney were made to rue their missed chances when Ivan Franjic scored a cracking goal with ten minutes to go. The defender found himself on the edge of the corner of the box and sent a fantastic curling shot past Ivan Necevski. It was a perfectly placed finish from Franjic as Brisbane wrapped up their finals spot.
Sydney pulled a consolation goal through Alessandro Del Piero. The Italian slotted home from the penalty spot after Joel Griffiths won a penalty with 8 minutes to go following a foul from James Donachie.
It was all a little too late for Sydney as their finals fate now rests on the results of other games. Brisbane have secured another finals appearance with a fifth placed finish. Sydney will be waiting for the results of Perth Glory v Adelaide United and West Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets to see if they can scrape in to the finals.
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