Football: Wellington Phoenix forced to settle for A-League draw after Brisbane Roar injury time equaliser

David Ball in action against Brisbane Roar.
David Ball in action against Brisbane Roar. Photo credit: Getty Images

Wellington Phoenix have squandered a 1-0 lead against ninth-placed Brisbane Roar, giving up an equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time.  

The result moves the Phoenix only three points clear atop the A-League Men standings.

Giancarlo Italiano's men were locked in a defensive battle, as they were outshot 21-9 by Brisbane, but as they have all season, Wellington seemed poised to walk away with three points, after Bozhidar Kraev converted their best chance of the match just after half-time.  

The goal was created, after Oskar van Hattum won a tough tackle near the top of the box and the ball fell right into the run of Mohamed Al-Taay. The midfielder placed a perfect cross towards a waiting Kraev, who expertly placed his header into the back of the net. 

NZ international Marco Rojas, who signed with the Roar earlier in the week, was then quickly introduced into the match by stand-in Brisbane coach Ruben Zadkovich.

From then on, Wellington were content with sitting back and defending their 1-0 lead, a tactic that seemed to be paying off, as they continually defused each Brisbane attack.  

With only moments remaining in the match, Brisbane broke 'Nix hearts, as Corey Brown nodded home an exquisite ball from Keegan Jelacic, sending the home fans into a frenzy.  

Despite letting the win slip away, Wellington have continued their most successful A-League season and are still in a prime position to have their best A-League finish.   

They return to Wellington for their next match against defending champions Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday.

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Kraev) Brisbane Roar 1 (Brown)