Danny Tiatto had to go off just before half time. Brisbane were up by 2 (1-3). His departure changed the game. Before that he had been everywhere and dominated the defensive mid-field and then opened the scoring with a cracker from wide-left and outside the box. A minute later and Henrique goes down in the box, penalty - great kick from Van Dijk - no one is saving that. A brilliant response from Hernandes (1-2). And then a break-away and step-overs from Henrique and great finish for 1-3.
A big fair play question is Henrique. He seems to be a faker if not a diver. Which is unfortunate.
But after half time, without Tiatto, the lack of depth from Brisbane showed. As David Dodd struggled to make and impact. I wondered about the second goal where Melbourne chose to ignore Archie Thompson on the ground for about 5 minutes of their possession. Was it fair play? I felt he was interrupting play as Melbourne passed around him. I was surprised the ref didn't stop the game.
Two more great goals from Allsopp and then Hernandes. 3-3. Brisbane couldn't finish a few opportunities.
Still a great game. Fox Sports said the best A-League game ever. I am not sure. But these are the best 2 teams after Gold Coast. And they have double the fans. Still under 19,000 turned up. What are you going to do FFA?
This result will boost Brisbane's 3pm game next Sunday v Wellington. Too early FFA - and the following week, v CCM at 3pm Saturday clashes with junior games around Brisbane. The planning isn't great.