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Dec 26, 2012

Brisbane down Adelaide in A-League

Brazilian forward Henrique breathed life into Brisbane's flagging A-League season with the match winner in a 1-0 away triumph against Adelaide United on Thursday night.

Henrique's 65th minute goal at Hindmarsh Stadium delivered Brisbane a fourth win of the season as second-placed Adelaide lost consecutive games.

The defending champions Roar rose from ninth to seventh on the ladder ahead of the remaining matches in the round.

Henrique broke the deadlock after an opening half marred by sloppy skills and a series of rolling physical battles as referee Adam Kersey struggled to maintain control.

Roar striker Besart Berisha and Adelaide defender Nigel Boogard waged their own personal war and and Kersey yellow carded five players in the scoreless first half, including Adelaide attacker Jeronimo Neumann for diving.

Brisbane 'keeper Michael Theo also received a yellow card before the second half started in a fixture attended by 11,035 spectators.

Adelaide, after mustering just one shot on target in an off-key first half, began the second stanza with a series of promising attacks but it was Henrique who broke the scoring stalemate.

The Brazilian scored after teammate Mitch Nichols sliced through Adelaide's defence with a run from outside the box to within touching distance of Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who met the advancing Roar player just outside his near post.

Nichols shrewdly cut back a pass to Henrique, who slotted a right-footer into the vacant goal from five metres.

The Roar would have been ahead earlier if not for Adelaide's Galekovic, who produced two top-shelf saves in the first half.

Berisha was denied in the ninth minute when he powered a close-range header but Galekovic dived to his left to parry spectacularly.

And in the 40th minute, Galekovic instinctively stopped a Ben Halloran shot from six metres.

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