Brisbane Roar have suffered their second consecutive loss, and their first home loss since January 2010 as they fell 2-1 to the Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Ange Postecoglu perhaps overreacted to his team’s loss to Sydney FC last week as he changed some players and tactics, leaving players confused and disjointed while Melboune Heart continued their tactic of setting up their team to fight their opponent’s strengths and it worked perfectly.
Melbourne Heart took the lead after just 12 minutes, reward for controlling possession and territory, as Jonatan Germano got free in the box and headed home the corner wonderfully.
Brisbane’s first chance was in the 20th minute and it was really a summary of what their evening would be like, as Mitch Nichols made a good run but miscommunication meant he never got the chance as the pass was misplaced.
Just seven minutes later the Heart doubled their advantage, as Brisbane Roar gave up possession Germano made a great run down the left and sent in a wonderful cross to Mate Dugandzic who did well to send the ball square for Eli Babalj to score.
Brisbane Roar were restricted to shots from long range as both Nichols and Issey Nakajima-Farran had their efforts saved by Clint Bolton before Melbourne Heart dominated the final moments of the half, but sent their shots wide or saw some good defense from the Roar, who were perhaps a bit fortunate to only be behind 2-0 at half-time.
Brisbane continued to struggle in the second half, still struggling to come to grips with changes to their style and their shape, Nick Fitzgerald managed to work his way through the Heart defense in the 74th minute but fouled the man on the way through pulling back the play.
Brisbane looked like having no chance in this match, but caught a glimmer of hope in the 78th minute as Kofi Danning made a great run with the ball, getting ot the top of the box sending it back to Nichols who tapped it in.
Brisbane Roar pushed hard in the final ten minutes as they were finally able to come to grips with their changes but still couldn’t convert losing their second consecutive match.
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