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Sport Melbourne Victory 1 Brisbane Roar 2: Maccarone magic boosts finals hopes

17:26  09 february  2018
17:26  09 february  2018 Source:   goal.com

Brisbane still in A-League expansion plans

  Brisbane still in A-League expansion plans A-League head Greg O'Rourke says expansion in Brisbane remains a realistic option for the 2019-20 season despite the Roar's recent struggles.O'Rourke still sees Brisbane as a viable market for another team despite the Roar's falling crowds and below-par performances this season.

Brisbane Roar moved back into the A-League's top six with a 2 - 1 triumph against Melbourne Victory , Massimo Maccarone proving key. Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2 - 1 win over Melbourne Victory at

Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2 - 1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Veteran striker Maccarone drilled home a fine seventh-minute finish and set up Brett Holman before the half-hour mark

a man standing in front of a crowd© Provided by Goal.com Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Veteran striker Maccarone drilled home a fine seventh-minute finish and set up Brett Holman before the half-hour mark, putting last week's penalty miss in the 2-1 loss to Melbourne City behind him and lifting the Roar up to sixth.

Brisbane took the lead when Leigh Broxham could only clear Fahid Ben Khalfallah's cross as far as Maccarone, who brought the ball down on his chest and picked out the bottom-right corner of Lawrence Thomas' goal.

Melbourne City on track for ACL but face stern test against Sydney

  Melbourne City on track for ACL but face stern test against Sydney Melbourne City's 2-1 win over Brisbane in Queensland on Sunday night keeps them in striking distance of second placed Newcastle Jets, 2-0 winners over Melbourne Victory 24 hours earlier, on the A-League table. But just as importantly, it means that Warren Joyce's side is in a strong position to achieve something that no previous City team has done - qualify for the Asian Champions League.Final ACL spots are determined by the post finals order, so a club that comes from sixth place to make the Grand Final could, in theory, displace one of those that finished ahead of it on the regular season ladder.

Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2 - 1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Veteran striker Maccarone drilled home a fine seventh-minute finish and set up Brett Holman before the half-hour mark

Massimo Maccarone scored a goal and provided an assist as Brisbane Roar boosted their A-League finals hopes with a 2 - 1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Veteran striker Maccarone drilled home a fine seventh-minute finish and set up Brett Holman before the half-hour mark

The 38-year-old turned provider in the 28th minute, holding the ball up on the break before offloading for the overlapping Holman to cut onto his left foot and double the visitors' advantage.

Jamie Young produced a fine save to keep out Leroy George ahead of half-time but there was nothing he could do to keep James Troisi's sensational 25-yard strike out of the top-right corner seven minutes from time.

Victory, though, were unable to complete a comeback and fell to a third successive defeat.

Kevin Muscat's team are at risk of slipping 14 points adrift of the top two when Newcastle Jets return to action next week.

Lions beat Swans in AFLX grand final .
<p>Long-kicking Brisbane have won the last of the AFLX tournaments with a 67-41 victory over Sydney in Saturday's grand final at Allianz Stadium.</p>Daniel Rich, Tom Cutler and Zac Bailey had Brisbane off to a flying start in the decider in Sydney, kicking 10-point goals, as they charged to a 34-2 lead and were up 34-8 at halftime.

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