VAR gives Roar last-gasp equaliser for dramatic A-League draw

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Brisbane Roar have started life under new A-League coach Robbie Fowler with a 1-1 draw after snatching a late and controversial equaliser against Perth Glory.

Brisbane have been saved by the VAR after being awarded a goal in the dying moments of their 1-1 draw with Perth at HBF Park.

The Glory appeared headed for victory courtesy of a 34th-minute goal from Chris Ikonomidis on Sunday in front of 9,829 fans.

But in a dramatic and controversial finish, Roar recruit Roy O'Donovan was left heartbroken after his headed goal deep into stoppage time was disallowed for offside.

His heartbreak lasted only a few minutes.

The decision went to VAR, which deemed he was level with teammate Aaron Holloway when the Welshman headed it into O'Donovan's path.

New Roar coach Robbie Fowler celebrated wildly when his team were awarded the goal.

In contrast, Glory's players were left deflated.

Fowler fielded an astounding nine club debutants in his starting XI, while Perth had just three.

Chances were few and far between for the Roar in the first half - but they almost scored a goal courtesy of Glory defender Brandon Wilson.

He had the sun in his eyes when he accidentally headed the ball goalward, but goalkeeper Liam Reddy was alert and able to avert disaster.

The creativity between Ikonomidis, Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro left Brisbane scrambling on numerous occasions in the first half.

Ikonomidis came close to opening the scoring in the fourth minute after latching on to a perfectly weighted chest-down from Fornaroli, but unleashed his shot wide.

Castro's brilliance was a class above anyone else, and it seemed just a matter of time before Brisbane's defence was broken.

The moment arrived in the 34th minute when Fornaroli controlled a high ball, held off his opponent and tapped a sweet pass to Castro.

The Glory skipper threaded an excellent through-ball into the box, with Ikonomidis making no mistake with the finish.

Fowler kicked an advertising board in frustration in the 40th minute, and his team came out firing in the second half to produce a series of good chances.

The best fell to Stefan Mauk, who beat the offside trap but couldn't get past Reddy, one-on-one, in the box.

Star Roar recruit Jay O'Shea produced a series of pin-point passes and free kicks, but he saved his best for deep into stoppage time.

With the clock ticking down, O'Shea chipped a pass to Holloway, who headed it into O'Donovan's path.

O'Donovan dived low to head the ball into the goal, with VAR overturning the linesman's offside call.

Source AAP