Brisbane Roar were forced to play at Gold Coast Stadium for this Asian Champions League campaign and the move has not helped out as they lost their opener on Tuesday night at Gold Coast Stadium. It was a frustrating night for Brisbane as they fell to a 1-0 loss to a ten man Beijing Guoan thanks to a late free-kick.
It was especially frustrating as Brisbane Roar absolutely dominated the match, having well over half the possession. But for all of that possession they failed to do anything with it barely forcing Hou Sen to work in the match.
Brisbane were dominating the match but the first good chance of the match fell to Beijing, as Andrija Kaluderovic’s blunder allowed Dejan Damjanovic the chance. Damjanovic ran on to the ball and got a shot away which was well blocked by Jade North.
But one minute later Brisbane were handed a massive advantage as Erton Fejizullahu was dismissed for violent conduct. Fejizullahu was caught stomping on Adam Sarota, not even allowed in rugby and was promptly shown a straight red card for his offense, just 27 minutes in.
After being handed a man advantage Brisbane had two good chances with Kaluderovic involved in both chances. First on the 34th minute Thomas Broich found Kaluderovic who headed just over the bar from close range, one minute later he looked to assist as he was found by Broich and sent it on for Adam Sarota who sent it over the bar.
There was only one more chance left in the half and again Kaluderovic was a big part of this chance as he went down easily. But that was too cynical for the referee who waved play on keeping it scoreless at half-time.
Brisbane continued to hold much of the possession in the second half, but they were just failing to make that final move. Beijing could well have been down to nine in the 50th minute as Zhou Ting went in with two feet, but escaped what would have been a second yellow card.
Beijing were parking the bus which was making life incredibly difficult for Brisbane Roar who still had almost all the possession. With 16 minutes to play, Pablo Batalla made a phenomenal run, with space created by Damjanovic’s decoy run but he sent his effort well wide of goal.
Brisbane were made to pay severely for those missed chances in the first minute of stoppage time as a free-kick gave them a chance. Shao Jiayi stepped up to take the shot and Brisbane blocked the shot but the deflection was harsh taking it past Theo and giving Beijing the win.