A proud John Aloisi says his side will take confidence and belief into Friday night’s Hyundai A-League Elimination Final at AAMI Park (7:50pm KO).
The Roar secured an eighth consecutive finals berth following a 3-2 win over Perth Glory on Saturday night, and Western Sydney’s failure to defeat Adelaide United on Sunday evening.
Brisbane, whose early season was hampered by injuries to key players, are now the first Australian football side in over 20 years to qualify for eight straight playoffs.
“Going back 11 games, nobody thought we would be in this position because we had such a tough start to the season,” Aloisi said.
“I’m proud of the boys because we have been through a lot this season.
“A lot of other teams would have folded if things went against them like they have for us this season. This group doesn’t know how to give up, it’s the Brisbane Roar way and that’s special.”
In the last 11 rounds of the season, the Roar picked up 22 points, including victories against perennial rivals Melbourne Victory and premiers Sydney FC.
Away from home, the Roar have been one of the strongest sides in the league. Take a look below at just how good we have been on our travels and all you need to know ahead of Friday’s trip to AAMI Park.
Hyundai A-League Elimination Final: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday, 20 April (7:50pm KO)
Monday, 16 April 9am (AEST): BRFC Members presale (including same seat)
Monday, 16 April 4pm (AEST): Same seat finishes
Monday, 16 April 4pm - Tuesday, 17 April 9am (AEST): Event closed
Tuesday, 17 April 9am (AEST): Football Family presale
Tuesday, 17 April 12pm (AEST): General Public on sale
OUR FORM ON THE ROAD
We have shown this season that we have what it takes to beat any side, at any venue. From the final six games on the road, the Roar have won four, losing just once. In fact, Brisbane have only failed to take points from their travels twice since November.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Away Ladder
- Sydney FC, 31pts
- Newcastle Jets, 24pts
- Brisbane Roar, 21pts
- Melbourne City, 20pts
- Melbourne Victory, 20 pts
- Adelaide United, 20pts
LAST FIVE MEETINGS V MELBOURNE CITY
Brisbane Roar 1-2 Melbourne City
February 4, 2018 – Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane Roar 3-1 Melbourne City
November 17, 2017 – Suncorp Stadium
Melbourne City 2-0 Brisbane Roar
October 6, 2017 – AAMI Park
Melbourne City 2-2 Brisbane Roar
February 11, 2017 – AAMI Park
Melbourne City 1-1 Brisbane Roar
December 3, 2016 – AAMI Park
Friday night’s meeting will be the first time the two sides have met in a Finals match.
Roar: 10, City: 5
Overall finals record
Roar: 13-2-6, City: 2-0-4