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10-man Reds stun nine-man Roar in A-League

Adelaide United have come from 3-0 down with 10 men to defeat a nine-man Brisbane 4-3 in an A-League thriller at Coopers Stadium.

10-man Reds stun nine-man Roar in A-League

Adelaide United have come from 3-0 down with 10 men to defeat a nine-man Brisbane 4-3 in an A-League thriller at Coopers Stadium.

A 10-man Adelaide United have come from 3-0 down to defeat a nine-man Brisbane 4-3 in a stunning A-League contest at Coopers Stadium.

The Reds scored three times in the final half-hour, a 97th-minute winner from substitute Nikola Mileusnic breaking the deadlock on Saturday night.


The Roar were reduced to nine men while leading 3-1 midway through the second half, with Dane Ingham and keeper Jamie Young dismissed in quick succession.

The match was flipped on its head after just nine minutes when referee Alex King controversially sent off Ken Ilso.

The Dane was challenging Matt McKay for possession while falling and caught the Roar skipper on the shin.

With no VAR intervention, Ilso was sent off when he most likely warranted a yellow card.

The Roar capitalised and broke the deadlock on 21 minutes via Henrique, who was slipped through by Adam Taggart.

The Brazilian rounded an onrushing Paul Izzo and tapped in, but had to wait almost two minutes for VAR to erase any suspicion of offside.

On 38 minutes, Brisbane doubled their lead with Dylan Wenzel Halls scoring his maiden A-League goal with a strong finish from 10 metres after the ball ricocheted off Ryan Strain.

Taggart made it 3-0 on 42 minutes with a powerful strike from long range which Izzo managed to get a hand to but might have done better.

There was one more first-half twist with Adelaide skipper Isaias pulling a goal back in injury time, nailing a stunning free kick from the edge of the area, leaving Young rooted to the spot.

United were given a lifeline on the hour when Brisbane were also reduced to 10 men, Ingham shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.

Only minutes later Young followed, receiving a straight red card for rushing out of his area and taking out Craig Goodwin after he was put through by Isaias.

Goodwin blasted the resulting free kick into the wall but picked up the rebound and fired low and hard through a sea of legs to cut the margin to a goal 23 minutes remaining.

Piling on immense pressure, the Reds drew level on 74 minutes, Goodwin crossing for George Blackwood who rose highest to nod home past substitute keeper Brendan White.

Young substitute Carlo Armiento raced then whipped in a cross which found fellow substitute Mileusnic, who powered a header past White.

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz applauded the Reds' fight back and commended his side's response after the break.

"It was not easy to come back in this game," he said.

"I was very loud at half-time because I hated when we stopped to play, when we stopped to believe and we stopped to trust," he said.

Brisbane's interim coach Darren Davies was naturally crestfallen.

"There was obviously some errors we made which cost us and we accept that, but to be in that position and cough up that lead is bitterly disappointing for the playing group."

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