Bautheac stunner earns Roar crucial home win
A stunning free-kick from Eric Bautheac has earned Brisbane Roar an invaluable 1-0 victory against Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The Frenchman's exquisitely-struck set-piece in the dying stages of the first-half proved decisive as the Roar withstood some late pressure from the Reds to secure a seventh win of the season.
It was a deserved win following another strong performance from the hosts with Head Coach John Aloisi pleased that his side's showing brought reward.
"Tonight was important to get the win. I said to the players before the game that we needed to find a way to win - we did that in tough conditions," Aloisi said.
"We've won four of our last six. It's just important that when we play well, we win and we have to keep going like that. Our boys are really starting to hit their stride."
The hosts dominated chances throughout the contest with Reds keeper Paul Izzo regularly called upon to keep the margin to just a single goal.
Adelaide pushed hard for an equalising goal as the second half progressed with the hosts defending valiantly before being unlucky to not find what would have been a sealing goal late on as the Reds poured numbers forward.
Thomas Kristensen's defensive efforts in stifling Brisbane conditions didn't go unnoticed as the Great Dane earned Fox Sports' Man of the Match.
"It was a hard game, especially in the last 20 minutes in such humid conditions," Kristensen said.
"The last couple of weeks we have been making big strides and stringing together better performances - this is the third week in which we've fielded the same team."
The Roar now have a week off before heading south to face ladder leaders Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, 17 March (6:50pm KO QLD time).
STORY OF THE GAME
- The Roar dominated early chances with Brett Holman, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone all peppering the Reds' goal.
- Eric Bautheac gave Brisbane a deserved lead in the shadows of half-time with a beautifully-placed free-kick.
- The Roar continued to create the better of the opportunities in the opening stages of the second period before the Reds made a late charge, calling Jamie Young into action a number of times late on.
- A number of chances fell the Roar's way as the Reds piled forward in search of an equaliser, but Bautheac's first-half strike proved to be the difference.
Brisbane Roar – Bautheac 41’ – 1-0
A free kick is awarded after Fahid Ben Khalfallah is fouled on the edge of the box by Ryan Strain. Eric Bautheac makes no mistake as he curls the ball around the wall into the bottom corner for his second Hyundai A-League goal.
Hyundai A-League Round 22: Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, March 3
Brisbane Roar 1 (Bautheac 41')
Adelaide United 0