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Key Events

90' + 1'
B. Crowley
S. Mauk
89'
L. DeVere
A. Papadopoulos
83'
R. Akbari
N. D'Agostino
82'
S. Jamieson
N. Fitzgerald
82'
M. Budziński
R. McCormack
79'
M. Oxborrow
F. Ben Khalfallah
74'
B. Kamau
Goal
56'
R. McCormack
Yellow Card
47'
F. Ben Khalfallah
Yellow Card
45'
B. Kamau
Goal
23'
N. D'Agostino
Yellow Card
21'
M. Muscat
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
2
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
6
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 1
Total Passes 535 460

Commentary

FULL TIME - Melbourne City are just too good for Brisbane Roar on the opening night of the A-League season, beating them 2-0. Bruce Kamau proved to be the difference with a brace. The Roar will need regroup, as they have another Friday night appointment next week against Adelaide United, whilst Melbourne City have their arch rival Melbourne Victory next week.
90' + 3' Melbourne City are still looking for a third goal, even though the three points are safe at this stage of the match.
B. Crowley
S. Mauk
Melbourne City
90' + 1' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Melbourne City clear their bench, with Stefan Mauk the final man to head to the bench and he is replaced by Braedyn Crowley.
90' We have four minutes of stoppage time remaining in the match.
L. DeVere
A. Papadopoulos
Brisbane Roar
89' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - The Roar make their third and final change with Avraam Papadopoulos making way for Luke DeVere.
87' Melbourne City are away through the middle, as Jamieson streaks past a couple of Roar defenders. He thought about the long shot on goal, seeing Theo off his line, but in the end he passes it over to Budzinski, but he loses the ball inside the box.
85' Akbari almost has a dream debut, as he takes possession inside the box, but his shot on goal is just off the mark.
R. Akbari
N. D'Agostino
Brisbane Roar
83' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - The Roar will debut teenager Rahmat Akbari as Nicholas D'Agostino's night is done.
S. Jamieson
N. Fitzgerald
Melbourne City
82' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Melbourne City make it a double change with Nick Fitzgerald heading off for an early shower, being replaced by Scott Jamieson.
M. Budziński
R. McCormack
Melbourne City
82' SUBSTITUTION CITY - Ross McCormack has been solid tonight, but his first appearance for Melbourne City comes to an end as he makes way for Marcin Budziński.
81' Kamau runs onto it, as the fans get excited, but he cannot keep his feet and he ends up being dispossessed.
M. Oxborrow
F. Ben Khalfallah
Brisbane Roar
79' SUBSTITUTION ROAR - Brisbane have made their first change of the night with Fahid Ben Khalfallah heading off the ground and being replaced by Mitchell Oxborrow.
78' Brisbane Roar are looking at their bench, as they need to inject some pace into their line-up.
76' Kamau has a brace for the first time in his A-League career. It certainly has been a great night for Kamau.
B. Kamau
Goal
Melbourne City
74' GOAL CITY - Fitzgerald cuts it back to Kamau, who has a shot on goal, with the ball taking a deflection, finding its way to the bottom corner of the net. Melbourne City lead Brisbane Roar 2-0.
73' Fitzgerald takes it into the box, he has a shot on goal and it is just wide of the mark.
70' Brisbane need to do something and do it in a hurry as time is not on their side at the moment.
68' The game is starting to become a very scrappy encounter as fatigue starts to set in for both teams.
66' Muscat crosses it to the back post, finding McCormack, but his weak header is cleared away.
64' Melbourne City with a chance as Mauk gives it over to McCormack, but he is unable to make the most of his opportunity.
62' Maccarone with a bit of space, as he attempts to slide it past Schenkeveld, but he is unable to get past him and the City defender is able to clear.
60' Interesting that neither team has made a change to their line up as yet, as we approach the one hour mark of the match.
58' It only seems like a matter of time before Melbourne City score a second goal, with the way they are going about it.
R. McCormack
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
56' YELLOW CARD CITY - Ross McCormack goes into the ref's book for time wasting, after he kicked the ball away. An ill disciplined action.
54' Muscat with a blazing shot on goal but it is just a little wide of the goal.
53' The Roar may need to consider their options on the bench, as they are second to the ball at the moment.
51' Melbourne City are having the bulk of the attacking play at the moment, which would be a huge concern for the Roar camp. 
49' Fitzgerald is receiving some assistance from the trainers, after what looks like an ankle injury. He will come off the ground to be looked at further.
F. Ben Khalfallah
Yellow Card
Brisbane Roar
47' YELLOW CARD ROAR - Fahid Ben Khalfallah with a strong challenge on Malik that attracts the attention of the referee, who raises a shade of yellow in the air.
46' SECOND HALF - Maccarone kicks off for the Roar, to get us back under way for the second half.
HALF TIME - The whistle sounds for half time and Melbourne City go into the break holding a 1-0 lead over Brisbane Roar.
45' We have two minutes of stoppage time remaining in the first half.
B. Kamau
Goal
Melbourne City
45' GOAL CITY - Kamau cushions the ball with the first touch, takes it into the box and he puts it past Theo, into the bottom right corner of the net. Melbourne City score the first goal of the match, to lead Brisbane Roar 1-0.
44' Kamau with the quick feet into the box, Brown had to be careful not to bring him down and in the end he is able to clear it away.
42' Fitzgerald with a great touch and turn, as he takes it into the box. He centres the ball but North slides in and cuts it off for the Roar.
40' McCormack with a great ball from Muscat. McCormack attempts to get past North, but the Roar defender forces him to make an error and blast it over the crossbar.
39' It appears that both teams are well prepared for what the other is going to bring tonight. 
37' Fitzgerald closes down the angle inside the box, but his shot on goal is blocked by Hingert.
35' Jakobsen crosses it into the box, but it is cut off by Papadopoulos as he heads it away from the danger zone.
33' Muscat is happy to let the ball go out, as D'Agostino was a fair way behind the ball.
31' Brattan whips in a beautiful ball into the box, but there was nobody in the box attacking the ball for Melbourne City.
29' Brisbane Roar have had 10 interceptions compared to five of Melbourne City.
27' The possession count is 66.5% Melbourne City to 33.5% of Brisbane Roar.
25' Melbourne City are starting to look a bit more threatening around the ground, as continue to have the bulk of the possession.
N. D'Agostino
Yellow Card
Brisbane Roar
23' YELLOW CARD ROAR - Nicholas D'Agostino drags down his opponent in the middle of the ground for a clear yellow for the Roar.
M. Muscat
Yellow Card
Melbourne City
21' YELLOW CARD CITY - Manny Muscat is the first player of the season to go into the referee's book, after an untidy piece of play.
19' Ben Khalfallah with the old one-two with D'Agostino, who has a shot on goal and it is a near miss for the Roar.
17' Most of the play is inside Melbourne City's defensive half, but Brisbane aren't as threatening as they were at the start of the game.
15' Melbourne City are starting to dominate possession now, but they are not doing much with it.
13' Terrific ball from McCormack, as he gives it over to Mauk, who kicks it way over the crossbar. 
12' Melbourne City need to focus on working the ball out of the middle, as this has been their biggest issue tonight.
10' The Roar continue to have the upper hand around the ground on Melbourne City, as they look to find a way past Galekovic.
8' Melbourne City are missing Fornaroli with injury until the new year and Cahill who is on World Cup duty,
6' Mauk with a header inside the box, but he puts too much onto it and it goes flying over the crossbar. It should have been buried into the back post and Mauk knows it.
4' It has been all Roar in the early part of this encounter, as Melbourne City struggle to find time inside their attacking half.
2' Maccarone gives it over to Caletti, who thumps one at goal from the edge of the box and it goes just wide of the mark.
1' FIRST HALF - The home team kick off and we are under way.
TEAMS - BRISBANE ROAR (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Theo (GK); Hingert, Papadopoulos, North, Brown; Caletti, McKay; Skapetis, D'Agostini, Ben Khalfallah; Maccarone.  SUBSTITUTIONS - Young (GK), De Vere, Oxborrow, O'Toole, Akbari. 
TEAMS - MELBOURNE CITY (4-2-3-1)  STARTING XI - Galekovic (GK); Muscat, La Rocca, Jakobsen, Schenkeveld; Brattan, Malik; Kamau, Mauk, Fitzgerald; McCormack.  SUBSTITUTIONS - Bouzanis (GK), Jamieson, Carrusca, Crowley, Budzinski. 
Brisbane Roar were a very strong side last season, not much has changed, as we expect a tight game between these two sides tonight.
Melbourne City is undefeated in their last nine games against Brisbane Roar. They are looking to make it ten in a row tonight.
Welcome to AAMI Park for the first match of the Hyundai A-League's season. This one is between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar.
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