Western Sydney Wanderers will enter the FIFA Club World Cup without recording a domestic home win this season after falling 1-0 to Brisbane Roar, who debuted Dutch coach Frans Thijssen.
A fifth-minute penalty converted by Henrique gave Brisbane the full three points in their first-ever win at Parramatta Stadium after withstanding a number of attacks by the home side, including a late chance to Nikita Rukavytsya that crashed off the crossbar.
“At the end of the game, there was chance after chance, but the ball just won’t go in the back of the net for us,” lamented Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic.
Despite being anchored to the bottom of the A-League table with a league-worst 0-3-5 record, Popovic remained upbeat about his side’s chances.
“I don’t like losing any game, I don’t like drawing any game, but you can’t lose belief when you see them (the team) play that way for 90 (minutes).”
Western Sydney will play Adelaide United away on Saturday before travelling to Morocco for the FIFA tournament, where they will face CONCACAF champions Cruz Azul in the quarterfinals. A win would see the AFC Champions League winners face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the semifinals.