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Brisbane Roar have been held from completely running away with the league after being held to a 1-1 draw by Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.

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The draw was a fair result, although it was a taste of their own medicine for Brisbane as a late goal denied the leaders all three points.

Western Sydney started the stronger side and could have opened the scoring when Youssouf Hersi sent in a ball along the deck that Mark Bridge slid in to hit but couldn’t find the target.

But such is Brisbane’s danger, they took the first chance that came their way. Besart Berisha was able to work his way in to the box, beating the Wanderers defense before hitting the shot low, and hard out of Ante Covic’s reach to make it 1-0.

Hersi showed his class, despite the score line, he was the most likely to make things happen for the home side but was routinely denied by fouls from the Roar defenders.

With the half coming to a close Western Sydney really started to ramp up the pressure with several shots coming in quick succession. First Spiranovic’s effort was headed over, before Hersi’s shot was blocked and another Aaron Mooy free-kick forced Theo in to a good save.

Straight after the break Brendan Santalab nearly put the hosts in front after Hersi set up the striker, he hit a powerful strike in to the woodwork.

On the hour Santalab was again the man producing a chance as he got around Theo and shot on goal but saw his effort blocked by a desperate defense.

Brisbane were under pressure throughout the half and Mark Bridge nearly found the equalizer just after the hour mark as the ball found him but with it bouncing his volley wasn’t good enough as he struggled to find the target.

Despite being under plenty of pressure, Brisbane Roar very nearly put the match to bed when Henrique was played through by Luke Brattan but was denied by a Jerome Polenz challenge.

It seemed like Brisbane would be taking all three points the Wanderers managed to steal a point as Mooy crossed in perfectly for Labinot Haliti who was able to poke home the equalizer, with five minutes to play.

Knowing the point was sealed Haliti celebrated with gusto, ripping his shirt off, earning himself a yellow card, but he showed his sportsmanship as he laughed with the official before heading back as the match ended 1-1.

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