Bautheac beauty as Brisbane Roar edge out Adelaide

Eric Bautheac's brilliant first-half free-kick boosted Brisbane Roar's Finals Series hopes in a 1-0 win over Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

The French ace netted the only goal shortly before the break to temporarily lift his side within one point of sixth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers.

Adelaide, who welcomed Johan Absalonsen back from injury for the final 30 minutes, were unable to make their opportunities count as Roar held on for a third home win of the campaign.

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STORY OF THE GAME

  • CHANCE: Massimo Maccarone flicks Fahid Ben Khalfallah's past the far post.
  • CHANCE: Jordan O'Doherty drives at the heart of the Roar defence and weaves away from Jade North, but finishes tamely from the edge of the area.
  • CHANCE: Maccarone gets a simple finish all wrong after Bautheac's cross evaded Jordan Elsey.
  • GOAL! Pure class from Bautheac to open the scoring with a wonderful free-kick.
  • CLOSE: Moments after the restart, George Blackwood almost gets a toe on Ryan Kitto's delivery.
  • CHANCE: O'Doherty puts Nikola Mileusnic through on goal, but Jamie Young gets down low to hold the finish.
  • INJURY: Jade North is forced off by a calf complaint, replaced by Daniel Bowles.
  • CHANCE: Paul Izzo parries Holman's drive before recovering to deny Corey Gameiro.
  • CHANCE: Gameiro gets on the end of a breakaway in stoppage time, but Izzo foils him with his feet. 
George Blackwood Adelaide Brisbane
George Blackwood was among the players to have chances for Adelaide.

GOALS

Bautheac, Brisbane Roar 41': 1-0

Superb. From the edge of the area, Bautheac strokes a delightful curling free-kick over the wall and past a despairing Paul Izzo.