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Nov 8, 2014 at 8.30am UK at ​Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane RoarBrisbane Roar
1-3
Melbourne CityMelbourne City
Borrello (67')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Williams (8'), Dugandzic (10'), Marino (83')

Result: Melbourne City overcome reigning champions

Melbourne City condemn Brisbane Roar to their fourth straight loss as reigning A-League champions.

Melbourne City have overcome reigning A-League champions Brisbane Roar, winning 3-1 away from home.

Two early goals in two minutes gave City the perfect start, putting the hosts under pressure in the opening 10 minutes.

David Williams broke the deadlock after winning possession back in the box, playing a neat one-two with Mate Dugandzic before finishing past Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young.

Dugandzic doubled City's lead two minutes later after latching on to a long Erik Paartalu pass and finishing skilfully to give John van 't Schip's side an impressive advantage.

The hosts were given several opportunities to respond but failed to test Andrew Redmayne in the City goal.

The home side's second-half substitution made the difference as Brandon Borrello's header gave Brisbane a lifeline, making the score 2-1 in the 66th minute.

Neither side were able to retain possession and capitalise on mistakes, with passes being poorly executed and tackles flying in from every angle.

It was the visitors that eventually took the initiative, as James Brown squared the ball to Marc Marino to score his first A-League goal with less than 10 minutes remaining.

The defeat sees Brisbane claim a new record as no team defending the title has ever started off the following campaign with four losses. This defeat ultimately sees them drop to the bottom of the table.

The win helps City climb the table to sixth with just five points recorded.

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16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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