An under-strength Melbourne City have paid the price for their FFA Cup exertions, limping to a 1-1 A-League draw with Brisbane Roar.
The Roar brought discipline and verve to on Saturday night's contest, and were good value for their lead when Jamie Maclaren netted on 38 minutes.
A brain fade from Jade North allowed Nicolas Colazo to equalise early in the second half, setting up a hectic finish to the match.
The prematch war of words between coaches John van 't Schip and John Aloisi always threatened...
Tensions between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar are at boiling point after John Van 't Schip lashed out at John Aloisi for "whining like a baby" about their physical style.
Ahead of Saturday's A-League clash at AAMI Park, Van 't Schip suggested Aloisi should be congratulating his old side for their breakthrough FFA Cup victory instead of criticising them so often.
Aloisi described them as the "most aggressive team in the league" after their uncompromising 1-0 win over Sydney FC on Wednesday night.