Melbourne Heart 1-2 Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Roar are 4 points clear of second-placed Adelaide United at the top of the A-League ladder after beating Melbourne Heart 2-1 away in an exciting match at AAMI Park this afternoon.
Gerald Sibon put the Heart ahead in the 11th minute after a cut-back from the byline on the right by Michael Maronne, who had been put clear by Adrian Zahra.
Kosta Barbarouses had missed a good chance for Brisbane just before the goal, and he missed another just after it.
The Heart were well worth their lead and almost increased it in the 17th minute when Rutger Worm headed against the base of the left-hand post and the ball rebounded into the grateful arms of Brisbane keeper Michael Theoklitos.
Brisbane were very dangerous on the counter attack and in the 63rd minute Barbarouses hit the outside of the right-hand post following a clever pass by Thomas Broich.
A minute later, Barbarouses had better luck and scored the equaliser from substitute Mitch Nichols’s perfect pass.
The Heart still had plenty to offer and substitute Alex Terra went close to restoring their lead in the 69th minute but fired just wide of the far left-hand post.
Two minutes later, Brisbane were awarded a penalty when Marrone fouled Jean Carlos Solorzano, but Clint Bolton saved Ivan Franjic’s spot-kick.
Solorzano almost scored for the visitors in the 82nd minute but was thwarted by a timely tackle from Michael Beauchamp.
Solorzano was not to be denied, however, and he hit the winner 2 minutes from the end. Broich found Nichols with a pass and the latter released Franjic on the right and when his fierce shot hit the near upright and rebounded across the face of goal, Solorzano was unmarked and smashed the ball into the net to make it 2-1 for the visitors.
Brisbane might have had a third in stoppage time, but Bolton produced a marvellous save in a one-on-one with substitute Rocco Visconte.
Melbourne Heart are in 5th place, 3 points ahead of city rivals Melbourne Victory.
Melbourne Heart: Bolton - Marrone, Thompson, Beauchamp, Behich - Skoko (Terra 61), Srhoj - Zahra, Sibon (Colosimo 68), Worm - Aloisi (Babalj 55) [Substitute not used: Zois]
Booked: Thompson, Skoko, Srhoj
Goals: Sibon 11
Brisbane Roar: Theoklitos - Susak, DeVere, Smith, Stefanutto (Franjic 46) - Paartalu (Nichols 64) - Murdocca, McKay - Barbarouses, Solorzano (Visconte 90+1), Broich [Substitute not used: Redmayne]
Goals: Barbarouses 65, Solorzano 88
Ref: Ryan Shepheard