If Frans Thijssen doesn’t read the papers then he sure must frequent the Brisbane Roar Facebook page. After fans lambasted his selection of Corey Brown, Adam Sarota and Dimitri Petratos in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Sydney FC, the Dutchman reinstated Shane Stefanutto, Luke Brattan and the newest thing in alliteration since Besart Berisha’s departure, Brandon Borrello, for their third Asian Champions League fixture against Suwon Samsung. The eyebrow-raiser however was the inclusion of Devante Clut in his third senior appearance, who replaced the rested Thomas Broich.
The encounter, played at Robina’s cBus Stadium because the Foo Fighters played a gig at Suncorp Stadium once upon a time, gave the 5197 home fans early hope as Luke Brattan flashed a free kick just wide of the post in the opening exchanges.
There could, however, only be one man to open the scoring and in the 12th minute Borrello duly obliged, beating his marker to an Andrija Kaludjerovic cutback and tucking the ball home from 12 yards.
The advantage was doubled by Brisbane’s 19-year-olds 10 minutes later as Borrello turned provider for a man three months his junior, weaving in and out of traffic before sliding the ball across to Devante Clut to score from 18 yards.
It was there, however, that the plot took an unerring deviation from the first act.
The Bluewings’ Seo Jung-Jin scored five minutes either side of intermission, Brisbane’s lead eroding as swiftly as the Gold Coast beaches not far from cBus.
In the 71st minute the lead changed hands, with prolific North Korean striker Jong Tae-Se, putting the icing on a sublime Yeon Ki-Hun volleyed cross, with Brisbane’s human equivalent of a protein shake and recent Socceroos addition Luke DeVere left trailing his man by some margin.
It took something special for the Roar to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat, and in the 80th minute Devante Clut provided it, scoring from range with a dipping effort that would have made Cristiano Ronaldo proud.
“I knew that when my chance was there I had to be ready for it and I felt like I capitalised on it,” Clut said in possibly the biggest understatement of the night.
Clut could be set for an extended run in the first team, if Thijssen’s appraisal of him is anything to go by.
“He’s in the youth team playing in the same position and he plays it every week so it’s better to look for him than to put somebody else in that position,” he said.
The 3-3 scoreline leaves Brisbane in third place in group G on goals scored, trailing Suwon by one.