Brisbane Roar have gone down to defending Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Two early strikes, one from the penalty spot had the hosts leading by two goals for the majority of the contest before a second-half goal for Sebastian Ryall and a stoppage-time finish from Jack Hingert saw the scoreline end 3-1 in favour of the Sky Blues.
Head Coach John Aloisi says his side needed to make more of their attacking forays and were made to pay after conceding two early goals.
"I thought we got into good areas but weren’t decisive enough. Sydney were and that was the difference in the result," Aloisi said.
"We didn’t create as many chances as we would have liked and the two early goals gave them a lift.
"We’re disappointed but we’ll stick together, keep working and improving."
Hingert's strike in the third minute of second-half stoppage time was only the second goal of his Hyundai A-League career and a first since 2015 for the fullback.
The Roar head back to the Harbour City next weekend to face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, 2 December at ANZ Stadium (6:50pm KO QLD time).
STORY OF THE GAME
- Sydney opened the scoring through David Carney with an early opportunity before Adrian Mierzejewski converted from the penalty spot seven minutes later.
- Jamie Young was called upon in the dying stages of the opening half to deny Alex Brosque, saving strongly from point-blank range.
- Avram Papadopoulos and Matt Simon were both shown red cards in the 75th minute before Sebastian Ryall netted Sydney's third four minutes later.
- Jack Hingert netted his second career Hyundai A-League goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
Sydney FC – Simon 8' – 1-0
Matt Simon plays a deft ball in behind the Brisbane defence which David Carney receives and converts from inside the area.
Sydney FC – Mierzejewski 15' – 2-0
Adrian Mierzejewski converts from the penalty spot after a spot kick is awarded for handball.
Sydney FC – Ryall 79' – 3-0
Sebastian Ryall heads home from close range following a free-kick from the left wing.
Brisbane Roar – Hingert 90+3' – 3-1
Brett Holman attacks the byline and rounds a defender before cutting back for Jack Hingert who finds the back of the net via a slight deflection.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 8: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, 25 November
Sydney FC 3 (Carney 8', Mierzejewski 15', Ryall 79')
Brisbane Roar 1 (Hingert 90+3')