Roar re-write history

AUSTRALIAN history beckoned and the Brisbane Roar answered the call

The Roar etched its name into sporting folklore by becoming the first team to go 36 games without defeat after claiming a 4-0 victory over Perth Glory.



(Berisha 23', 45', Nakajima-Farran 33', 41')


On a famous night at Suncorp Stadium, a first-half duo of braces to Besart Berisha and Issey Nakajima-Farran was more than enough for the three points and place alongside the greats of Australian sport.

"Sometimes when opportunities come along it doesn't all work out," Roar coach Ange Postecoglou.

"(But) all forces came together tonight and it was a great night for the club.

"And the players got the reward for all their hard work."

For over 70 years the 1930s Eastern Suburbs rugby league team laid claim to the longest undefeated side.

But after 23 wins and 13 draws spanning across two seasons, the Roar rewrote the history books for both club and code.

"The fact that it belongs to us is great but we're in the business of winning championships and winning trophies," Postecoglou said.

"But the fact that football does own this unbeaten streak is great.

"And I know there is plenty of debate about the different codes but the reality of it is that any time another team goes on an unbeaten streak they'll be trying to beat us." 

The match began under a curtain of rain, but the home side matched the weather with its slick style of play.

Despite controlling possession on the sodden turf, the Roar was failing to find a way through a Glory defence camped in its own half.

But the Roar finally opened the scoring midway through the first half, tearing apart the visitors with speed, skill and precision.

Brisbane captain Matt Smith was allowed to wander deep into Perth's half and squeeze a pass to Henrique.

The little Brazilian cleverly flicked the ball into the path of Thomas Broich and the German left Berisha with a point blank shot.

The weight of expectation of scoring the first goal had only just lifted when the home fans were back on their feet as the Roar opened the floodgates.

Nakajima-Farran doubled the lead with a cheeky chip over the on-rushing Danny Vukovic before the former Canadian international grabbed his brace eight minutes later.

Not to be outshone - or out-scored - by his teammate, Berisha scored his second in the shadows of halftime, blasting home after another well-executed Roar move.

Hoping to bury the demons of the first 45 minutes, the Glory pushed further up field, finding space on the wings for a number of dangerous crosses.

But the renewed Glory threat was short lived and Brisbane was able to control a second half that failed to live up to the excitement of the first.

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