Brisbane Roar's record run of 36
matches unbeaten came to an end at the weekend when the A-League
champions lost 2-0 to Sydney FC in foul weather in front of
11,500 fans at a suburban rugby league stadium.
The run, the longest ever in Australian professional sport,
had given soccer rare backpage profile in a country where
cricket, rugby league, Australian Rules and even rugby union are
Australia midfielder Brett Emerton scored a freak goal from
a corner to double Sydney's advantage 20 minutes into Sunday
afternoon's contest after teenager Dimitri Petratos had given
the home side the lead inside the first minute.
Brisbane manager Ange Postecoglou said Sydney, the 2009/10
A-League champions, had simply been too good for his side and
declined to blame the absence through injury of influential
German playmaker Thomas Broich for the loss.
"It doesn't matter if we have Thomas or Lionel Messi out
there... sometimes the opposition is better than you on the day
and they were today so full credit to them," he told the
"We don't make excuses, we tried hard enough, the effort was
there and we still tried to play our football under different
conditions, but it just wasn't to be.
"It's all part of sport, it's part of what we do so it's not
a surprise but it hasn't happened often to us obviously."
Brisbane, who won last season's A-League final in front of
50,000 fans at their home stadium Lang Park, had last tasted
defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory in September 2010.
The Queensland club had passed the 35-match record of the
Eastern Suburbs rugby league club, which was set in the 1930s,
with a 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets the previous weekend.
The Roar maintained their position on top of the A-League
despite Sunday's defeat, three clear of the Central Coast
Mariners with 20 points after nine games. Sydney moved up to
third on 14 points.
"There's no relief because the record's over... sometimes
when you get on a run like ours people expect you to win all the
time but that's not how sport works," Postecoglou added.
"That's our second loss in 42 games, I mean that's a fair
run we've had and we've just got to keep going."
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