REDS RUN RIO T TO SNEAK WIN
ADELAIDEADELAI United stunned Brisbane Roar with two goals at the death to seal a 2- 1 come- from- behind ALeague victory last night.
The Roar looked destined to win after Massimo Maccarone opened his account just eight minutes into his home debut, before John Aloisi’s side seemingly weathered the worst of a second- half storm from the visitors.
But the Reds kept on coming and eventually broke through, with substitute Ryan Kitto equalising in the 88th minute, then Johan Absalonsen scored the winner in injury time.
It was a deserved result after Adelaide wrestled back control of a match that ebbed and flowed with both teams enjoying periods of dominance.
Italian veteran Maccarone got the ball rolling, smashing in his first ALeague goal at the back post after he was set up by a Corey Brown cross, to the delight of the 11,178- strong crowd.
The Roar had an array of chances to make it 2- 0 but goalkeeper Paul Izzo made six important saves – snuffing out a dangerous Peter Skapetis break, another Maccarone effort and a rasping shot from Brett Holman.
United nearly equalised in the 52nd minute after George Blackwood beat his marker Avram Papadopoulos and cut into the box, only for his shot to cannon off the post into goalkeeper Michael Theo’s back and then go out for a corner.
They continued to rally and were richly rewarded, with Kitto making it 1- 1 just minutes coming on to the field. Danish winger Absalonsen completed the comeback, scoring his second goal in as many games.
IMPRESSIVE OUTING: Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo makes a save.