A 10-man Brisbane Roar have scored a dramatic equaliser in the last-minute of added time to snatch a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season opener at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
A goal from Mitch Austin in his Victory debut with seven minutes remaining looked to have given the visitors all three points but Luke DeVere rescued his side a point with practically the last kick of the match.
Brett Holman was impressive in his maiden A-League start but it was an unhappy night for Roar skipper Matt McKay who saw red with 25 minutes remaining in what was his 200th appearance for the club.
0-1 Victory, Mitch Austin 83’
Fahid Ben Khalfallah crossed the ball into a crowed box from the right, with Austin reacting quickest to the second ball to fire through the legs of Roar keeper Michael Theo.
1-1 Roar, Luke DeVere 90+6’
Jamie Maclaren earned his side a free-kick with the full-time whistle beckoning, with DeVere getting on the end of the delivery after the ball had been pin-balled around in the box.
Matt McKay, 66’
The Roar skipper picked up a yellow card in each half for two fouls on Ben Khalfallah, earning his marching orders for the fifth time in his 200 game Roar career.
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