Talking Points: Adelaide United 2 Brisbane Roar 1 – An anti-climax for...

Talking Points: Adelaide United 2 Brisbane Roar 1 – An anti-climax for the ages

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Adelaide United took the points against Brisbane Roar after a controversial red card to Michael Theo saw the home side take all three points from the penalty spot.

Baba Diawara opened the scoring for the Reds before Jamie Maclaren had the match on level terms on the hour mark.

Adelaide were reduced to ten men with under 10 minutes remaining as Marcelo Carrusca received his second yellow for kicking the ball away.

But there was to be another twist in the tale deep into added time as Roar goalkeeper Theo was given a straight red for elbowing Dylan McGowan.

Thomas Kristensen was forced between the sticks after Brisbane had used all their substitutes, and the Dane was unable to make a point of difference as Sergio Cirio secured all three points.

Here are the main talking points following a dramatic clash:

Two in two for Diawara

Baba Diawara opened the scoring for the Reds 15 minutes in with his second goal in a week, at the near post with a deft header from a Sergio Cirio corner.

After his arrival in the January transfer window, Diawara had failed to score in his first four games for the club but had shown glimpses of his quality with his ability to hold up the ball and play in his teammates.

His penalty midweek against Jeju United has likely handed him a boost in confidence, and he has now doubled his tally in the space of four days.

Reds fans will hope that this is the beginning of a goal scoring run that could bring a positive end to the season.

Jamie Maclaren showing his international credentials

Sunday afternoon’s equalizer took Maclaren’s tally for the season up to 14, and was his sixth goal in his last five games.

Maclaren was a surprise omission from the latest Socceroos squad, with manager Ange Postecoglou suggesting that the striker needs to perform more consistently. But his form over the last month speaks for itself.

If he continue these levels of performances for the remainder of the season, he may well be on the plane to Russia for the Confederations Cup.

Carrusca rejuvenated or putting himself in the shop window?

The Argentine playmaker was left out of Adelaide’s Asian Champions League squad after the club opted in favor of Diawara. Carrusca has been vocal about his disappointment of missing out on the Champions League, and has coincidentally started hitting form since the beginning of the competition.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Adelaide’s number 10 has indicated that he is willing to listen to offers from rival clubs if his contract is not renewed. He has started playing consistently since his exclusion and is pulling out his arsenal of tricks once again, something he has not done for large parts of this season.

Which begs the question, is he now playing for a payday elsewhere? But his sending off was yet another bump in what has been an inconsistent season for Carrusca.

Socceroos’ midfield stocked for the future

Two of the country’s most promising youth products did battle today in the engine room of their respective teams. Much has been said of Riley McGree and Joe Caletti recently and for good reason.

The pair look like season veterans on the pitch despite only playing a handful of games in their debut seasons.

If they can continue on their upward trajectory, the national team has a promising partnership waiting to take the reigns from the current crop.

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