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Ten man Brisbane hold on in Perth

Perth Glory missed a golden chance to keep the A-League tight on Friday night as they had to settle for a scoreless draw against Brisbane Roar after Brisbane Roar were reduced to ten men.

All the action from the Round 15 A-League match between Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar from nib Stadium, Perth on January 17th 2014
Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images
Besarat Berisha is shown a red card after his challenge on Michael Thwaite
Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

Besarat Berisha did nothing to endear himself to the Perth fans, still angry at him for his 2011 Grand Final dive, when 20 seconds in to the match he jumped in to Michael Thwaite's ribs while challenging for the ball, luckily avoiding a red card.

Berisha continued to show why he's so welcomed in Perth when he was fouled moments later and hit the turf like he'd been shot, rolling around in agony.

With all that, it was no surprise how overjoyed the Perth crowd was on the half hour mark when Berisha received his marching orders after a knee to Thwaite, which sparked a scuffle as Perth players ran in to defend their man, earning Berisha his second yellow.

Being a man down with one hour of football remaining should have put Brisbane on the back foot but they had the clearest chance of the half as Luke Brattan's free-kick just missed the target.

The first chance after half time also fell to Brisbane as Henrique hit a shot that very nearly found the top left but went just high and wide.

Brisbane continued to be the better side throughout the second half, not looking like a team that was a man down and only some good defense from Jack Clisby prevented Thomas Broich from giving the Roar the lead.

Perth had their best chance with nine minutes to play as Josh Risdon sent in a cross for Adrian Zahra whose first touch was heavy allowing Brisbane to recover.

In stoppage time Perth were millimetres away from earning a penalty as Shane Smeltz was felled just outside the box, that allowed Jack Hingert to hit the set piece but he couldn't find the target as Brisbane got away with a scoreless draw.

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