Theo red card costly for Roar

20 March 2017 09:01:30 EST

Adelaide United boosted their chances of avoiding the A-League wooden spoon as they won a controversial clash 2-1 against Brisbane.

Adelaide United boosted their chances of avoiding the A-League wooden spoon as they won a controversial clash 2-1 against Brisbane.

The game wasn't short of incident, and was settled by Sergio Cirio's 99th-minute penalty at Coopers Stadium.

Roar keeper Michael Theo was sent off by referee Stephen Lucas six minutes into injury time for elbowing Dylan McGowan in the head as the United defender tried to prevent a quick clearance.

The visitors had already used all three of their substitutes so midfielder Thomas Kristensen took over between the posts to face Cirio's spot-kick, the Spaniard holding his nerve to convert the penalty and bring Adelaide to within two points of next-to-bottom Central Coast.

It was an unexpected win for United as they'd had Marcelo Carrusca red-carded for a second booking with eight minutes to go.

Striker Papa Diawarra put the home side ahead when he got goal side of Jade North and headed powerfully past Theo to convert Marcelo Carrusca's corner.

On the hour mark Brisbane levelled via Jamie Maclaren, who was on hand to tap home Corey Brown's cut-back after keeper Eugene Galekovic parried Kristensen's long-range shot.

It was the Roar striker's 14th goal of the season, putting him four behind A-League leading scorer Besart Berisha.

Brisbane's defeat meant they stay a point ahead of fifth-placed Perth with four games to go.

United will move off the bottom of the table if they win in Gosford next weekend against the Mariners.

Brisbane are 3/10 to beat Central Coast, who are 17/2 with the draw 19/4.

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