Melbourne Victory defeated a 10-man Brisbane Roar on Friday at Suncorp Stadium, in a high drama match that included six goals, two penalties, a red card, an own goal and one big statement of intent from the reigning Champions.
This was Victory’s sixth straight win and saw them move to the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder, whilst the Roar slumped to their third straight loss.
Victory opened the scoring in the 13th minute through former Roar striker Kosta Barbarouses, who with a slick volley scored the first of a brace to take his tally to four goals in the past three games for Kevin Muscat’s men.
On 20 minutes Bautheac was shown a yellow card from referee Adam Fielding for launching into a wild challenge on Victory left back Corey Brown and a few minutes later was shown a further yellow after a scuffle with with Ola Toivonen and James Troisi.
Adam Taggart equalised for the Roar in the 27th minute in his 100th A-league match, converting a penalty after being tripped by Honda inside the box.
Victory then opened a two-goal lead through Ola Toivonen and Keisuke Honda, before the Swede fired in a header at the wrong end to halve Brisbane’s deficit. Barbarouses scored his 2nd just before the break.
The impressive James Troisi who set up Barbarouses to start the match off on the right foot said of Victory’s win: “It’s fantastic. We’ve got a very dangerous front three, four, Keisuke and Terry in behind me and the boys are doing well at the back. To be honest, we’re a little bit disappointed with the goals we conceded, whether they were free-kicks or penalties, either way we’ve got to defend them better and not make excuses. Away from home, we keep the ball rolling, we’re consistent this season and that’s the most important thing.”