Brisbane Roar has bowed out of the 2018 AFC Champions League following a loss against Ceres-Negros at QSAC Stadium on Tuesday night.
Scores were level at the break following goals from Massimo Maccarone & Bienvenido Maraã On before the visitors netted twice in the second half to take a 3-1 lead.
Eric Bautheac cut the deficit to one in the final stages of the second half but the Filipino outfit held on for a 3-2 win.
“Tonight was unacceptable. I don’t think the boys were ready from the start. We were shifting the ball too slow and we weren’t good enough to come back at the end,” Head Coach John Aloisi said.
“We have 10 remaining games in the Hyundai A-League and we still have finals to play for.”
The Roar now turn their attention to Saturday’s Hyundai A-League match against Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Saturday night (6:50pm KO QLD time).
Brisbane Roar – Maccarone 35’; 1-0
The Roar open the scoring after Maccarone connects with Holman’s ball across the face of goal for a simple tap-in from close range.
Ceres-Negros – Maraã On 43’; 1-1
Following a scramble in the box, Bienvenido Maraã On secures the equaliser for the visitors after he collects the loose ball and finds the back of the net off the underside of the bar.
Ceres-Negros – Maraã On 65’; 1-2
Cutting inside the Roar’s defence into the penalty box, a curling effort from Maraã On beats Jamie Young, putting the Philippines-based side in front.
Ceres-Negros – Nazari 75’; 1-3
Despite Young’s attempt to palm the ball away, the visitors extend their lead after Nazari connects finishes into the bottom right corner.
Brisbane Roar – Bautheac 86’; 2-3
A well-weighted cross from Ivan Franjiic finds Eric Bautheac who makes no mistake as he smashes the ball into the roof of the net.
AFC Champions League 2018 Preliminary Stage 2: Brisbane Roar FC v Ceres-Negros FC
Tuesday, 23 January
Brisbane Roar FC 2 (Maccarone 35', Bautheac 86')
Ceres-Negros FC 3 (Maraã On 42', 65', Nazari 75')